March 29th, 2011 - The story of Werner Roth rise to The New York Cosmos first team is the ultimate story of a local kid made good. Werner’s family emigrated to New York City when he was just a boy. He grew up playing soccer in the city in the German American Soccer League. In 1972, Gordon Bradley approached Roth to lead the defense of the recently formed New York Cosmos. Roth would develop into the club’s rock at the center of The Cosmos’ defense, leading the club to the Soccer Bowl ’77 trophy as captain.