Darts Lose To Brazil 7-4 As Pele Kicks Four Goals

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Frederick News-Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pele rammed in four goals and contributed two assists in leading Santos of Brazil to a 7-4 victory over the surprisingly tough Washington Dart Team in an internal soccer exhibition game here Friday night.

But Pele was forced to share the spotlight with Gerry Browne a 24-year-old Trinidadian who scored all the Dart goals and kept his team in competition until well into the second half.

The Darts startled Santos and the 13,878 spectators by holding the Brazilian team to a 3-3 tie at halftime and taking a 4-3 lead at the 58-minute mark when Browne scored what was to be his team's final goal.

It was then that the faltering Santos offense began to function. On the only gal in which Pele was not a direct participant, Abel tied the score in the 65th minute on an assist from Manoel Maria.

Pele broke the tie two minutes later on an unassisted goal and gave Santos a two-goal lead with a brilliant head shot at the 70-minute mark. With another head shot nine minutes later, Pele scored the game's final goal.

As the final gun sounded the 29-year-old soccer king was mobbed by hundreds of fans who rushed onto the field at rain-drenched Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

Browne gave the home club, a member of the North American Soccer League, a 1-0 lead with a score five minutes deep in the first half. Pele tied the score in the 14th minute and Santos took a 2-1 lead five minutes later when Picole scored on an assist from Pele.

The Darts quickly bounced back to tie the score at 2-2 on a goal by Browne a minute later, but within seconds regained the lead on another Picole score with Peia assisting.

Browne ended the first half scoring with a tying goal at the 33-minute mark.