Defender Hunter Gorskie etched his name onto the lengthy monolith of Stanford men's soccer alumni taking the next step to the professional ranks this past weekend, playing the full 90 minutes for the New York Cosmos in a 2-1 win over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.
The new incarnation of the Cosmos, the iconic club of the original North American Soccer League from 1971-84, delivered the victory in front of a sellout crowd of 11,929 fans at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium which included former Cosmos and luminaries of the game Pele, Carlos Alberto, Shep Messing and, representing his father Giorgio Chinaglia, George Chinaglia.
Gorskie, a member of the All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2012 and native of Marlboro, N.J., played the full 90 minutes in front of numerous friends and family. It was a big day for both player and club, as both were making their debuts in the new league, the Cosmos joining the reborn NASL for its 2013 fall season.
The full NASL season is split into spring and fall campaigns, with the eight teams playing 14 matches in a double round-robin format.
With his debut, Gorskie joins Adam Jahn, of the MLS' San Jose Earthquakes, as the second member of Stanford's 2012 squad currently in the professional ranks.