What Happened To The First Superclub? by KICK. Pele, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Chinaglia. In the 1970's, the star studded New York Cosmos were arguably one of the best soccer teams in the world. Today, the Cosmos are a reborn shell of their galactic predecessors. Here's how the biggest club in the United States went from an international power to the fledgling 2nd division of American soccer.