Giorgio Chinaglia (pictured) was surely the most colorful (and most controversial) of soccer’s 2012 passings.
Harry Keough was the most historically significant within U.S. soccer.
Piermario Morosini, who was a professional playing in Italy, was the most shocking.
Northern Michigan University’s Arianna Alioto, the Columbus Crew’s Kirk Urso and Jack Reyna, the oldest son of U.S. Soccer great Claudio Reyna, were perhaps most tragic due to their young ages.
Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America put together this poignant list of prominent soccer deaths in 2012.
Nice touch, also, for the veteran domestic soccer journalist to recognize 74 supporters of Egyptian club Al-Ahly, who died last February when fans rushed the field and rioted at a soccer game.