FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After more than 30 years, two clubs who played one of the biggest matches in American soccer history are about to meet again.
A generation after Pele, Ray Hudson and Franz Beckenbauer were part of the rivalry, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and New York Cosmos play again on Saturday night.
Pele is planning to attend the game, which has first place in the North American Soccer League at stake.
The clubs last met in South Florida on May 4, 1983. And it was in 1977 that the teams drew a crowd of 77,691 for a playoff game in East Rutherford, N.J., which at the time was a record crowd for a U.S. club soccer match.
Pele says it will be "fantastic" to see the sides play again.