Soccer Bowl '80

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Soccer Bowl '80
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EventSoccer Bowl
DateSeptember 21, 1980 (1980-09-21)
VenueRFK Stadium, Washington, DC
Man of the MatchGiorgio Chinaglia
RefereePaul Avis (Canada)

Soccer Bowl '80 was the championship final of the 1980 NASL season. The New York Cosmos took on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The match was played on September 21, 1980 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. The Cosmos won, 3–0, to claim their fourth league championship, and third in the past four seasons.[1][2]


New York Cosmos[edit]

The New York Cosmos qualified for the playoffs by virtue of winning the Eastern Division of the National Conference with 213 points. The Cosmos defeated the Tulsa Roughnecks in a first round series, two games to none. The first game was played on August 29, 1980 in Tulsa before a crowd of 22,890. The Cosmos won the match, 3–1. The return leg was played at Giants Stadium on August 31, 1980 before 40,285 fans. Not only did the home side win in convincing fashion, 8–1, but Giorgio Chinaglia added to his already impressive résumé by netting a record breaking 7 goals in the contest. In the conference semifinal series they went up against the Central Division champion Dallas Tornado. Game 1 of the series saw the Cosmos win on the road, 3–2. Dallas would return the favor 4 days later on September 7, 1980 by the convincing score of 3–0. After a 10-minute intermission, the teams returned to the pitch to play a mini-game tie breaker. New York left no doubt this time, thrice scoring in the 30-minute extra session, to the delight of the 45,153 partisans assembled. The, 3–0, tie-breaker score propelled them into the National Conference finals. Their opponent, the Los Angeles Aztecs featured Brazilian stand-out Luis Fernando, who had netted 28 goals in his first 28 NASL regular season contests. Instead of Fernando, it was Chinaglia who again shined, earning 4 goals and 1 assist in a Cosmos' sweep of the series by the scores of 2–1 at the Rose Bowl and 3–1 at home, respectively. With the National Conference title wrapped up it was on to Washington, D.C. and a place in the Soccer Bowl for the third time in four years.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers[edit]

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers chose a much longer and bumpier path to the finals, a path that included three transcontinental trips. The Strikers qualified for the playoffs by virtue of a second-place finish in the Eastern Division of the American Conference with 163 points. Their opening round series was against the California Surf. The first leg was played on the West Coast in the 69,000 seat Anaheim Stadium before a pitiful crowd of 2,929 on August 28, 1980. Fort Lauderdale won that evening, 2–1. The return leg was played at Lockhart Stadium on August 31, 1980, before 15,282 Striker Likers. The Surf proved to be a worthy opponent, winning, 2–0, to send the series to a mini-game. After a scoreless 30 minutes, the teams moved on to an NASL shoot-out. The shoot-out went a then-record, 11 rounds, before Gerd Müller's second goal of the tie breaker won it for the Strikers by a 3–2 margin.[3][4] In the conference semifinal series they headed west again, this time to face the Edmonton Drillers, who had themselves won the Western Division. Once again, Ft. Lauderdale took game 1 on the road at Commonwealth Stadium, this time by a score of 1–0 on September 3, 1980. Game 2 in South Florida saw the Drillers battle to a 2–2, 90 minute draw that went scoreless through 15 minutes of golden goal extra time. On to a shoot-out they went. Edmonton won the shoot-out battle, 2–1, to tie the series and a force mini-game, but they would not win the war. The home team posted a convincing, 3–0, victory in the 30-minute extra session to secure their second trip to the American Conference Finals in three years. The Strikers seemed destined to rack up a record number of frequent flyer miles at this point, as they got word that the wildcard San Diego Sockers had upset their cross-state rival Tampa Bay Rowdies that same evening. This of course meant another grueling West Coast trip, instead of the easy voyage across the state for a post-season edition of the Florida Derby. Moreover, the Sockers were now coached by Ron Newman. The Strikers had fired him at the end of the 1979 season after three years, despite his being the NASL's all-time winningest coach and leading the club to the playoffs in all three seasons.[5] As if by a scrip and just as in the two previous series, Ft. Lauderdale won the first leg on the road by one goal, 2–1, at Jack Murphy Stadium on September 11, 1980. When the teams played the return leg two days later at Lockhart Stadium, once again the Strikers fell, this time by a 4–2 scoreline. Another convincing, 3–0, victory in yet another mini-game tie breaker secured them their first ever trip to the Soccer Bowl.

Game summary[edit]

Championship results[edit]

New York Cosmos3–0Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Romero Goal 47:55' (Chinaglia, Bogićević)
Chinaglia Goal 70:06' (Davis, Rijsbergen)
Chinaglia Goal 87:07' (Cabañas)
Attendance: 50,768[7]
Referee: Paul Avis (Canada)[8]
New York
Fort Lauderdale
GK 1 Germany Hubert Birkenmeier
D 2 Iran Andranik Eskandarian Substituted off 57''
D 25 United States Jeff Durgan
D 6 Germany Franz Beckenbauer
D 15 Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen
M 16 United States Angelo DiBernardo
M 7 Paraguay Julio César Romero
M 8 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladislav Bogićević
F 20 Belgium François van der Elst
F 9 Italy Giorgio Chinaglia (c)
F 19 Paraguay Roberto Cabañas
M 17 United States Rick Davis Substituted in 57''
Germany Hennes Weisweiler
GK 1 Netherlands Jan van Beveren
D 17 Canada Tibor Gemeri Substituted off 57''
D 3 Netherlands John Pot
D 7 England Ken Fogarty
D 2 Haiti Arsène Auguste
M 4 England Ray Hudson (c)
M 8 United States Colin Fowles
M 5 Netherlands Lex Schoenmaker
F 10 Peru Teófilo Cubillas
F 15 Germany Gerd Müller Substituted off 40''
F 11 United States Jeff Cacciatore Substituted off 80''
F 22 Netherlands Koos Waslander Substituted in 40''
D 21 United States Rick Wiegand Substituted in 57''
M 16 United States Mike Ortiz-Velez Substituted in 80''
Netherlands Cor van der Hart

1980 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

Soccer Bowl MVP:
Giorgio Chinaglia

Television: ABC
Announcers: Jim McKay, Paul Gardner
Touchline reporter: Verne Lundquist


Statistic[9] New York Fort Lauderdale
Goals scored 3 0
Total shots 27 14
Shots on target 10 7
Saves 7 7
Corner kicks 11 4
Fouls 14 13
Offsides 0 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NASL. "NASLSoccerBowl - History - Past Winner". North American Soccer League.
  2. ^ NASL. "NASL 1968-1984 - Yearly Result". North American Soccer League.
  3. ^,60431
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  7. ^ "Cosmos triumph over Strikers in NASL Soccer Bowl". The Evening News (Newburgh, NY). September 22, 1980. p. 1-B. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
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  9. ^ Scheiber, Dave (September 22, 1980). "Cosmos gobble up fourth NASL title". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1-C, p. 12-C. Retrieved July 7, 2016.

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