Football Icon 10 : New York Cosmos
The classification criteria for this article has been tricky . It would immediately go straight into the M.L.S. Section , one would imagine , but then , World Football could also have an argument . However , my personal preference would be as a Football Icon . The reason I plump for Icons , is their criterion in not merely affecting notoriety on the field , but to having a legitimate influence upon Supporters and Society in general . Well , for a short period in the Mid – 1970’s until the early 1980’s , the New York Cosmos can reasonably said to have accomplished this , all the more laudable in a Country not generally conducive to the wiles of The Beautiful Game .