Soccer Bowl '82
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Soccer Bowl '82
Soccer Bowl '82
Soccer Bowl '82 logo.png
EventSoccer Bowl
DateSeptember 18, 1982 (1982-09-18)
VenueJack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California
Man of the MatchGiorgio Chinaglia
RefereeDavid Socha (USA)

Soccer Bowl '82 was the championship final of the 1982 NASL season. The New York Cosmos advanced to the Soccer Bowl for the third consecutive year and took on the Seattle Sounders in a rematch of Soccer Bowl '77. The match was played on September 18, 1982, at Jack Murphy Stadium, in San Diego, California. New York won, 1-0, and were crowned the 1982 NASL champions. This was the Cosmos' fifth North American championship and fourth in the past six years.[1][2]


New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos won the Eastern Division with a 23-9 record and a total of 203 points. They defeated the Tulsa Roughnecks in the quarterfinals by two game to one. By virtue of their two-game sweep in the semifinals against the San Diego Sockers, the Cosmos advanced to the NASL championship final for the sixth time in franchise history.

Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Sounders qualified for the playoffs as the Western Division champions with an 18-14 record and a total of 166 points. In the quarterfinals they needed all three games to get past the Toronto Blizzard. Likewise their semifinal match-up took three games to decide a winner. Seattle's two games to one defeat of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers earned the Sounders their second ever trip to the Soccer Bowl.

Game summary

Usual Cosmos starters Steve Moyers, Johan Neeskens and Wim Rijsbergen were injured and unavailable for the match.[3] Seattle dominated the first half outshooting New York, 10-5. Numerous Sounders' chances were either squandered with shots slightly off the mark, or gobbled up by Cosmos goalie, Hubert Birkenmeier. In the 31st minute, and against the run of play, New York sweeper, Carlos Alberto, picked up the ball in midfield and passed it to Julio César Romero. Romero slid the ball to Giorgio Chinaglia on the right side of the penalty area. With his back to goal and using his body to shield the ball, the Cosmos' captain maneuvered to his leftaround Seattle defender, Benny Dargle, and from 12 yards out shot to the left.[4] Goalkeeper Paul Hammond got a piece of it,[5] but the ball nevertheless caromed just inside the left post for the game's only goal.[6] The second half saw considerably less action with New York content to protect their slim lead.[7]

Championship results

Attendance: 22,634
Referee: David Socha[1] (USA)
New York

1982 NASL Champions: New York Cosmos

Soccer Bowl MVP:
Giorgio Chinaglia (New York)
Assistant referees:
Robert Evans
Robert Allen

Television: USA Network (cable)
Announcers: Spencer Ross, Werner Roth[9]


First Half
Statistic New York Seattle
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 5 10
Shots on target 3 3
Saves 3 2
Corner kicks 0 5
Second Half
Statistic New York Seattle
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 13 3
Shots on target 2 0
Saves 0 2
Corner kicks 5 2
Overall Totals[10]
Statistic New York Seattle
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 18 13
Shots on target 5 3
Saves 3 4
Corner kicks 5 7

See also


  1. ^ a b "NASL Championships". North American Soccer League. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "NASL 1968-1984 - Yearly Results". North American Soccer League. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Fritz the Flood: Soccer Bowl 1982 New York Cosmos Seattle Sounders, November 21, 2011.
  4. ^ Yannis, Alex (September 19, 1982). "Comos Win Soccer Bowl". New York Times.
  5. ^ 1982 Seattle Sounders Highlights (3:25):
  6. ^ "Cosmos Win Soccer Bowl". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. September 19, 1982. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ Gammon, Clive (September 27, 1982). "By Giorgio, He Did It Again!: Giorgio Chinaglia revived his one-man show as the Cosmos won Soccer Bowl". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "NASL announcement". United Press International Archives. August 9, 1982. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Varner, Bill (September 19, 1982). "Cosmos win Soccer Bowl on Chinaglia's goal". The Journal-News. p. D1. Retrieved 2017.

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