North American Soccer League 1980-81 Friendlies

  1967-1969 1970-1974 1975-1977 1978-1979 1980-1981 1982-1984 Team By Team
Date Visitors Score Home Location Att. Notes: Photos
4/29/80 FC Cologne (Germany) 1-3 New York Cosmos New York, NY 24,784   Photos
9/24/80 NASL Select 3-2 New York Cosmos New York, NY 71,413 Beckenbauer Farewell Photos
2/22/80 Chicago Sting 1-2 Phoenix Fire (ASL) Phoenix, Arizona 9,809   Photos
4/6/80 Chicago Sting 3-1 Florida Central University Poinciana, Florida      
9/9/80 Chicago Sting 2-1 Gray Bears (Mexico) Toluca, Mexico      
9/10/80 Chicago Sting   Nezahualcoyotl Coyotes Toluca, Mexico      
2/24/80 New York Cosmos 4-0 Bahamas All-stars Nassau, Bahamas      
3/9/80 New York Cosmos 0-0 Nacional Fast Club (Brazil) Brazil 70,000   Photos
3/13/80 New York Cosmos 2-1 Santos (Brazil) Brazil 25,000   3/15/80  
3/16/80 New York Cosmos 1-1 Uberlandia (Brazil) Brazil 15,000   Photos
3/18/80 New York Cosmos 1-1 Cipoletti (Argentina) Argentina 15,000   Photos
3/21/80 New York Cosmos 2-1 Argentinos Juniors (Argentina) Argentina 27,000   Photos
3/25/80 New York Cosmos 1-2 Tigres (Mexico) Mexico 40,000    
3/30/80 New York Cosmos 1-2 Cruz Azul (Mexico) Los Angeles, CA 26,199 LA Soccer Tournament  
10/1/80 New York Cosmos 1-0 Hadjuk Split (Yugoslavia) Yugoslavia 45,000   Photos
10/4/80 New York Cosmos 1-1 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) Portugal 35,000   Photos
10/8/80 New York Cosmos 0-3 Standard Liege (Belgium) Belgium 15,000    
10/10/80 New York Cosmos 1-4 Girondins de Bordeaux (France) France 4,200   Photos
10/12/80 New York Cosmos 2-0 Napoli (Italy) Naples, Italy 12,000    
10/15/80 New York Cosmos 3-6 Fiorintina (Italy) Florence, Italy 25,000    
10/21/80 New York Cosmos 2-3 Ahly (Cairo, Egypt) Egypt 13,000 Beckenbauer in fight  
10/24/80 New York Cosmos 0-0 Zamalek (Cairo, Egypt) Egypt 20,000    
10/28/80 New York Cosmos 3-4 Lazio (Italy) Rome, Italy 45,000    
10/30/80 New York Cosmos 1-1 Oporto (Portugal) Oporto, Portugal 20,000    
11/1/80 New York Cosmos 3-2 La Louviere (Belium) Belgium 15,000    
11/5/80 New York Cosmos 3-3 Real Betis (Spain) Spain 45,000    
11/6/80 New York Cosmos 3-3 Sevilla (Spain) Sevilla, Spain 45,000   Photos
11/9/80 Washington Dips 1-0 Japanese National Team Fukuoka, Japan     Photos
11/11/80 Washington Dips 1-1 Hiroshima Select (Japan) Hiroshima, Japan     Photos
11/16/80 Washington Dips 2-1 Japanese All-Stars Shimzu, Japan     Photos
11/24/80 Washington Dips 1-1 Japanese National Team Tokyo, Japan     Photos
7/23/80 Nottingham Forest (England) 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC 28,710   Photos
7/25/80 Nottingham Forest (England) 0-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies Tampa, FL 21,857    
7/31/80 Nottingham Forest (England) 3-1 Toronto Blizzard Toronto, ON 34,187    
7/30/80 River Plate (Argentina) 1-1 New York Cosmos New York, NY 47,320   Photos
5/5/1980 Manchester United (England) 1-0 Portland Timbers Portland, OR 7,967    
5/17/80 Manchester City (England) 2-1 Memphis Rogues Memphis, TN     Photos
5/21/80 Manchester City (England) 2-3 New York Cosmos New York, NY 31,480 TACC  
5/24/80 Manchester City (England) 0-5 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC 32,794 TACC   Photos
5/21/80 Roma (Italy) 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC 22,334 TACC Photos
5/24/80 Roma (Italy) 3-5 New York Cosmos New York, NY 27,746 TACC   Photos
5/26/80 Roma (Italy) 2-3 Manchester City New York, NY 60,384 TACC  
5/29/80 Roma (Italy) 1-2 Toronto Blizzard Toronto, ON 14,789    
3/28/80 New York Cosmos 3-1 Los Angeles Aztecs Los Angeles, CA 24,219 LA Soccer Tournament  
3/28/80 UNAM (Mexico) 0-1 Cruz Azul (Mexico) Los Angeles, CA 24,219 LA Soccer Tournament  
3/30/80 UNAM (Mexico)   Los Angeles Aztecs Los Angeles, CA 26,199 LA Soccer Tournament  
5/26/80 Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 New York Cosmos New York, NY 60,384 TACC  
6/3/80 Club America (Mexico)   Los Angeles Aztecs Los Angeles, CA 12,000   Photos
11/11/80 Club America (Mexico) 1-2 Los Angeles Aztecs Mexico 31,679    
3/19/80 San Diego Sockers 1-0 Universidad (Mexico) Mexico      
3/25/80 San Diego Sockers 1-6 Mexican National Team Mexico      
5/14/80 Sunderland (England) 2-1 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Ft. Lauderdale, FL     Photos
9/29/80 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 Luton Town (England) Luton Town, England      
10/1/80 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0-0 Birmingham City (England) Birmingham, England      
10/6/80 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-3 Linfield (N. Ireland) Linfield, N. Ireland 5,000    
10/8/80 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-4 St. Mirren (Scotland) St. Mirren, Scotland      
10/11/80 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 Hereford (England) England      
10/13/80 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-7 Nottingham Forest (England) Nottingham, England 18,562    
3/5/80 Toronto Blizzard 1-2 Portimonense (Portugal) Portugal      
3/10/80 Toronto Blizzard 2-0 Olhanense (Portugal) Portugal     Photos
4/1/80 Universidad (Mexico) 2-4 San Diego Sockers San Diego, CA      
4/22/80 Mexican National Team 1-1 San Diego Sockers San Diego, CA      
3/5/80 Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 Leeds United (England) Leeds, England      
3/10/80 Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Bristol City (England) England      
3/11/80 Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Southampton (England) Southampton      
5/20/81 Anderlecht (Belgium) 2-1 New York Cosmos New York, NY 30,512   Photos
3/13/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0-7 Chilean All-Stars Chile      
3/14/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 Aurora (Guatemala) Guatemala      
3/17/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0-2 Colo-Colo (Chile) Chile      
3/19/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   Alianza (Peru) Lima, Peru      
3/20/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0-0 Concepcion (Chile) Chile      
9/30/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2-2 Norwich City (England) Norwich      
10/2/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 Borussia Brand-Aachen (Germany) Germany 3,815    
10/4/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   Oldenberg (Germany) Germany      
10/7/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1-0 PAOK (Greece) Salonika, Greece      
10/10/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1-2 Rodos (Greece) Greece      
10/12/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers ?-4 AEK (Greece) Athens, Greece      
10/14/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0-0 Olympiakos (Greece) Greece      
10/18/81 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers   Como (Italy) Italy      
8/30/81 Gremio (Brazil) 1-3 New York Cosmos New York, NY 30,523   Photos
7/1/81 Greek National Team 0-2 New York Cosmos New York, NY 42,318    
5/15/81 Hibernian (Scotland) 4-2 San Jose Earthquakes San Jose, CA 8,314    
6/10/81 Ipswich Town (England) 1-2 Calgary Boomers Calgary, AL      
6/3/81 Manchester City (England) 0-2 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC      
6/29/81 Napoli (Italy) 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC     Photos
2/1/81 New York Cosmos 9-0 FC Birsfelden (Switzerland) Freeport, Bahamas      
2/16/81 New York Cosmos 2-2 Deportivo Moron (Argentina) Argentina 25,000   Photos
2/21/81 New York Cosmos 4-1 Cipoletti (Argentina) Argentina      
2/22/81 New York Cosmos 9-1 Boca Bariloche (Argentina) Argentina      
2/25/81 New York Cosmos 0-1 Colo-Colo (Chile) Chile      
3/3/81 New York Cosmos 4-3 Penarol Uruguay) Uruguay     Photos
3/5/81 New York Cosmos 1-3 Sao Paulo (Brazil) Brazil      
3/8/81 New York Cosmos 5-2 Paraguayan Nat. Team Paraguay      
3/11/81 New York Cosmos 0-1 Guadalajara (Mexico) Mexico      
3/15/81 New York Cosmos 2-4 Club America (Mexico) Mexico      
3/17/81 New York Cosmos 5-1 El Salvador National Team Los Angeles, CA 31,209 Los Angeles Soccer Tournament  
3/17/81 Cruz Azul (Mexico) 0-1 Los Angeles Aztecs Los Angeles, CA   Los Angeles Soccer Tournament  
3/19/81 New York Cosmos 1-0 Los Angeles Aztecs Los Angeles, CA   Los Angeles Soccer Tournament  
10/4/81 New York Cosmos 1-1 Canadian National Team Calgary, AL 3,500   Photos
10/7/81 New York Cosmos 0-4 Canadian National Team Vancouver, BC 10,688    
10/10/81 New York Cosmos 6-2 Valur (Iceland) Reykjavik, Iceland 10,500    
10/13/81 New York Cosmos 2-4 Borussia Dortmund Dortmund, Germany 10,000    
10/18/81 New York Cosmos 1-1 AC Milan (Italy) Milan, Italy 6,000   Photos
10/18/81 New York Cosmos 0-2 Avellino (Italy) Italy      
10/22/81 New York Cosmos 7-1 Lille (France) France 6,000    
5/12/81 Norwich City (England) 0-4 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Miami, FL   Peter Nogly as guest  
6/4/81 Sao Paulo (Brazil) 2-2 New York Cosmos New York, NY 53,617   Photos
?/?/81 Sao Paulo (Brazil) 3-3 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Ft. Lauderdale, FL      
7/19/81 Seattle Sounders 3-3 New York Cosmos New York, NY 40,724 TACC Photos
7/11/81 Southampton Saints (England) 1-3 Seattle Sounders Seattle, WA 22,449 TACC    Photos
7/15/81 Southampton Saints (England) 1-2 New York Cosmos New York, NY 29,614 TACC  
7/19/81 Southampton Saints (England) 1-2 Celtic (Scotland) New York, NY 40,724 TACC  
7/12/81 Glasgow Celtic (Scotland) 0-2 New York Cosmos New York, NY 29,215 TACC    Photos
7/14/81 Glasgow Celtic (Scotland) 1-2 Seattle Sounders Seattle, WA 28,986 TACC  
7/15/81 Sparta Rotterdam (Holland) 0-4 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC      
7/18/81 Sparta Rotterdam (Holland) 1-3 San Jose Earthquakes San Jose, CA 2,507    
4/1/81 Taipei FC (Taiwan) 1-1 San Diego Sockers San Diego, CA      
3/11/81 Toronto Blizzard 1-0 Somerset Trojans (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/16/81 Toronto Blizzard 2-0 Pembroke-Hamilton (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/18/81 Toronto Blizzard 5-2 Somerset Trojans (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/21/81 Toronto Blizzard 6-2 Bermuda Selects (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/17/81 Tulsa Roughnecks 3-0 Somerset Trojans (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/19/81 Tulsa Roughnecks 3-1 Vasco De Gamma (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/21/81 Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 North Village (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/25/81 Tulsa Roughnecks 3-0 Pembroke-Hamilton (Bermuda) Bermuda      
3/6/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 University of Dublin (Ireland) Ireland      
3/9/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 Athlone Town (Ireland) Ireland      
3/13/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 Wycombe Wanderers (England) England      
3/16/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 Watford (England) Watford, England      
3/18/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday (England) Sheffield, England      
10/11/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 Nottingham Forest (England) Nottingham, England 8,800   Photos
10/7/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 0-4 Ajax (Holland) Holland      
10/9/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Malmo (Sweden) Sweden      
10/14/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Napoli (Italy) Italy      
10/18/81 Vancouver Whitecaps 0-2 Avellino (Italy) Avellino, Italy      
4/30/81 VFL Bochum (Germany) 2-2 Tulsa Roughnecks Tulsa, OK      
5/3/81 VFL Bochum (Germany) 0-1 California Surf Detroit, MI 3,259   Photos
5/11/81 West Brom Albion (England) 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC     Photos
5/13/81 West Brom Albion (England) 1-0 Portland Timbers Portland, OR 6,770    
5/16/81 Wolverhampton (England) 1-4 Jacksonville Tea Men Jacksonville, FL      
1j0/5/81 San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Hibernian (Scotland) Edinburgh, Scotland 10,300    
10/7/81 San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Linfield (N. Ireland) Ireland 8,000    
10/10/81 San Jose Earthquakes   Motherwell (England)        
10/12/81 San Jose Earthquakes 2-8 Brentford (England) London, England      

I list 5 types of friendly games:
1. International competition
2. Local non-NASL competition. These were usually preseason warm up games.
3. NASL teams in tournaments such as the Sunshine International or the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup (TACC).  I do not list NASL preseason games.
4. Extra NASL exhibition games the Cosmos played in 1975 and 1976 to defer the cost of signing Pele.
5. Games not involving NASL teams, but played as part of an NASL package. These were usually doubleheaders.

It is not unusual for attendance figures to differ between the newspaper article and the media guides.  When they do differ, I use the newspaper's numbers.