Giorgio Chinaglia: enjoy some of his tremendous goals

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With apologies for the inappropriately peppy music, here’s a YouTube tribute to the incomparable Cosmos and some of their amazing goals. These are all from the North American Soccer League heyday, the late 1970s and early 1980s.

So many of the strikes are from New York’s No. 9, Giorgio Chinaglia, who died today.

Watch the goal at about the 1:00 minute mark. Chinaglia’s ability to twist his body and connect so beautifully on the full volley is matched only by his awareness of exactly where he is in relation to the goal.