the short life and fast times of the North American Soccer League
Resumo (outro idioma)
The future looks bright for US soccer with the continued growth of Major League Soccer, and following Tim Howard and company’s heroics in the 2014 World Cup, it’s the perfect time to revisit the most exciting period in US soccer history.
The North American Soccer League—at its peak in the late 1970s—was way ahead of its time. It was soccer as performance, played by men with a bent for flair, hair, and glamour. Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer reveals in all its glory the color and chaos of the world’s first truly international league.
More than just Pelé and the New York Cosmos, it lured the biggest names of the world game like Johan Cruyff, George Best, and Franz Beckenbauer to play soccer as it was meant to be played—without inhibition, to please the fans, a glitzy alternative to the muddy, hooligan-blighted grounds of Europe. It sold itself in a continent unfamiliar with soccer before crashing back down to earth like a rock star’s private jet, bankrupt but laughing all the way.