And what was the plot? That the New York Cosmos, playing well and coming right off their fall-season triumph, would beat the Atlanta Silverbacks, a team that hadn’t played a meaningful game since July 4.
This was the script: If Atlanta won, the Silverbacks would carry the trophy in front of a packed house at home, and show that, yes, you can win the spring season, finish seventh in the fall season, and still manage to get revved up to win the one big game.
If the Cosmos won, it would be… well, a win for the Cosmos, the NASL’s most recognizable brand.
The Cosmos triumphed and, for NASL, it was the best possible match-winner of a goal. It was a helluva fantastic volley from the foot of Marcos Senna, the league’s most recognizable star.
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