On This Day: Soccer star Pele plays farewell game

On October 1, 1977, despite a downpour, 75,646 fans pack Giants Stadium in New Jersey for soccer star Pele’s farewell game. In the exhibition, Pele plays for the only  professional teams he ever played for—the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League for the first half and Santos of Brazil for the second half.

Pele, considered by many the greatest soccer player of all time, finished his historic career in legendary fashion with a beautiful goal (for the Cosmos) off a free kick from about 30 yards to tie the score at 1 near the end of the first half. New York won, 2-1, on a goal by Ramon Mifflin, the man who substituted for Pele when he joined Santos for the second half.

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