NEW YORK -- The New York Cosmos, who won the regular-season point title before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, placed four players on the 1983 North American Soccer League All-Star team.
In balloting of league players by the Sporting News, forward Roberto Cabanas, midfielder Vladislav Bogicevic and defenders Franz Beckenbauer and Andranik Eskandarian were selected from the Cosmos.
Cabanas was the league's leading scorer.
Vancouver and Golden Bay each had two players selected. Whitecaps midfielder Franz Thijssen and defender Dave Watson were named along with Earthquakes forward Steve Zungul and midfielder Stan Terlecki.
Rounding out the team are goalkeeper Jan van Beveren of Fort Lauderdale, defender Barry Wallace of Tulsa and forward Pato Margetic of the Chicago Sting.
Bogicevic, Beckenbauer, Eskandarian and van Beveren are previous first-team NASL All-Stars. Beckenbauer is a five-time All-Star while Bogicevic has made the team four straight seasons. Watson, Terlecki, Thijssen and Zungul are first-year NASL players.
The Cosmos also placed forward Giorgio Chinaglia on the second team and goalkeeper Hubert Birkenmeier and midfielder Ricky Davis on honorable mention, giving them seven of the 33 players cited. Second-team goalkeeper Tino Lettieri and honorable mention midfielder Fran O'Brien and forwards David Cross and Peter Beardsley were selected from Vancouver, giving the Whitecaps six players honored.
The NASL's East Division had 15 players on theteams, with 13 coming from the West and five from the South.