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Cosmos Defender Korey Veeder attempts to get the (Credit: Steven Ryan)

Cosmos Defender Korey Veeder attempts to get the ball past Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Midfielder Darnell King. New York Cosmos defeated Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2-1. (Aug. 3 2013)

Cosmos vs. Strikers

The Cosmos played their inaugural game Saturday against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra.

Cosmos fan club cheers on the team as
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Cosmos fan club cheers on the team as they prepare to kick off the inaugural season of the North American Soccer League with a regular season game between the New York Cosmos and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. (Aug. 3 2013)

Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna looks for an open
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Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna looks for an open lane to the net. (Aug. 3 2013)

Cosmos midfielder Diomar Di?az battles for possesion with
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Cosmos midfielder Diomar Di?az battles for possesion with Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Defender Stefan Antonijevic. (Aug. 3 2013)

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Cosmos Midfielder Joseph Nane battles for position on
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Cosmos Midfielder Joseph Nane battles for position on a header in front of the net. North American Soccer League regular season game between the New York Cosmos and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. (Aug. 3 2013)

Cosmos Defender Korey Veeder attempts to get the
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Cosmos Defender Korey Veeder attempts to get the ball past Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Midfielder Darnell King. New York Cosmos defeated Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2-1. (Aug. 3 2013)

HEMPSTEAD - AUGUST 3, 2013: New York Cosmos
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HEMPSTEAD - AUGUST 3, 2013: New York Cosmos Forward Peri Maros?evic? takes a shot on goal in the first half. Forward Peri Maros?evic? scored the first goal of the New York Cosmos inaugural season. North American Soccer League regular season game between the New York Cosmos and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Cosmos Midfielder Joseph Nane waves to the crowd
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Cosmos Midfielder Joseph Nane waves to the crowd during introductions prior to their game against Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. (Aug. 3 2013)

Cosmos Defender Korey Veeder is tripped up by
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Cosmos Defender Korey Veeder is tripped up by Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Midfielder Darnell King. (Aug. 3 2013)

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Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Goalkeeper Richard Sa?nchez controls the
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Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Goalkeeper Richard Sa?nchez controls the ball in front of his net during a North American Soccer League regular season game between the New York Cosmos and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. (Aug. 3 2013)

Former Cosmos star Pele poses for photos with
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Former Cosmos star Pele poses for photos with honored guests prior to the game. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Former Cosmos star Pele poses for photos with
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Former Cosmos star Pele poses for photos with honored guests prior to the game. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Former Cosmos star Pele waves to fans during
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Former Cosmos star Pele waves to fans during pregame ceremonies. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Fans fight for position to see former Cosmos
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Fans fight for position to see former Cosmos star Pele. (Aug. 3, 2013)

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Former Cosmos player Pele is surrounded by throngs
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Former Cosmos player Pele is surrounded by throngs of fans and photographers before taking the field before pregame ceremonies. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie is greeted by young
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Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie is greeted by young fans as they take the field for warmups for the first time. (Aug. 3, 2013)

The original Cosmos Cheerleaders pose with the current
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The original Cosmos Cheerleaders pose with the current Cheerleaders prior to the inaugural game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Former Cosmos star Pele meets former teammates on
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Former Cosmos star Pele meets former teammates on the field prior to the game. (Aug. 3, 2013)

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