Unlike Pele before him or stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo more recently, Diego Maradona rarely played in the United States.
Here are some of Maradona's rare visits ...
1979. Cosmos vs. Argentina. Less than a year after winning its first World Cup title, Argentina traveled to face the Cosmos, the reigning NASL champions. In tow was 18-year-old Maradona, who had not been included -- to his great dismay -- Argentina's 1978 World Cup roster.
The Cosmos had just made a coaching change -- Eddie Firmani was replaced by Julio Mazzei as "technical director" and Ray Klivecka as acting coach -- and were playing without injured star Franz Beckenbauer.
More than 70,000 fans watched Ricky Davis, 20, mark Maradona, and the Cosmos frustrated Argentina, which needed a late goal from captain Daniel Passarella to win, 1-0.
How seriously did Argentina take the game? Coach Cesar Luis Menotti did not make a substitution.
1982.FIFA World All-Star Game. A crowd of 76,891 turned up for the UNICEF charity game, a month after the 1982 World Cup. They came to see Italian champions Paulo Rossi and Dino Zoff, representing Europe. The Rest of the World team featured Maradona and such Brazilian greats as Roberto Falcao, Socrates and Zico.
1984. Trans-Atlantic Cup. For five years, the Cosmos organized a four-team tournament at Giants Stadium. For their last season in the NASL, the invited teams were Maradona's Barcelona, Italy's Udinese and Brazil's Fluminense. The Cosmos won the tournament for a third time, beating Barcelona, 5-4, and Udinese, 4-1.
Barcelona won the third-place game in a shootout over Flu, Maradona's final game with Barca before leaving for Napoli in a world record transfer deal.
1985. Coors California Cup. There was no Serie A action during Easter week, so Napoli traveled with Maradona to California for two exhibition games against Mexico's UNAM, the first at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (2-2 tie), the second at San Jose's Spartan Stadium (2-1 for Napoli).
Both teams arrived at Spartan Stadium with the same white uniforms so Napoli had to borrow the uniforms of a local Italian team.
1986.FIFA World All-Star Game. The UNICEF game returned to the United States a month after Maradona led Argentina to its first World Cup title. This time, at the Rose Bowl before a crowd of 57,600.
Before the game, FIFA vice president Harry Cavan hinted that the U.S. Soccer Federation might think about bidding for the 1994 World Cup. (Yes, FIFA badly wanted to play the tournament in the United States.)
The teams: The Americas (with UCLA's Paul Caligiuri) vs. the FIFA World Stars. Former Cosmos Roberto Cabanas scored in the 81st minute and Maradona, the star attraction, made it 2-2 in the 88th minute and scored from the penalty spot to clinch a 4-3 win in the shootout.
1994.World Cup. Maradona was not playing regularly and terribly out of shape, but he arrived in Boston after shedding more than 25 pounds. "I am tired of all those who said I was fat and no longer the great Maradona,” he said. “They will see the real Diego at the World Cup."
Maradona played two games in Foxboro, both Argentina wins (4-0 over Greece and 2-1 over Nigeria). After the Nigeria game, he was chosen to taken the random drug test and tested positive for ephedrine, a stimulant found in cold medicines.
“They killed me” Maradona said. "They have retired me from soccer. I don't think I want another revenge, my soul is broken."
The positive test result, which earned Maradona a 15-month worldwide suspension, came as no surprise, though.
Years later, Sepp Blatter, then-FIFA general secretary, said Argentine federation president Julio Grondona made the sign of the cross and said, 'God help us' when he learned that Maradona had been selected to be tested.