For The Record

Author: 
Steve Wulf
Date Published: 
1979-06-25
Source: 
Sports Illustrated

A Roundup Of The Week June 11-17

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SOCCER—NASL: The division leaders had a rough time during the season's busiest week. The Cosmos, on top in the National Conference East, came from behind to beat Tulsa 3-2, but then fell meekly to Vancouver by a score of 4-1. Minnesota stayed in first place in the National Central despite two losses, 5-2 to Atlanta, which got a hat trick from Jeff Bourne, and 2-0 to Dallas. Los Angeles and Vancouver remained tied for the point lead in the National West after each split two games. The Aztecs lost 4-3 in overtime to San Diego, but recovered to beat Detroit 3-1 and spoil English star Trevor Francis' 1979 NASL debut. Before the Whitecaps beat the Cosmos, they lost 3-2 to California on a shoot-out goal by the Surfs Steve David. David scored two more goals as California defeated Atlanta 5-1. Houston split, losing to Fort Lauderdale 4-0 and defeating Tulsa 3-2, but still kept its lead in the American Central. The only two division leaders not to lose were Tampa Bay in the American East and San Diego in the American West. The Rowdies stayed 25 points ahead of Fort Lauderdale with two triumphs, 3-2 over San Jose and 3-1 over New England. After beating Los Angeles, the Sockers defeated Edmonton 2-1.