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Brazilian soccer legend Pele laughs during the inauguration of a refurbished soccer field at the Mineira slum in Rio de Janeiro in September 2014.

SEATTLE — It was a spur-of-the-moment decision for then 20-year-old Jimmy McAlister, a defender for the Seattle Sounders, which had just lost 2-1 in Soccer Bowl '77, the title game of the North American Soccer League.

He asked legendary Pelé, playing for the Cosmos in the final competitive match of his career, for his jersey.

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