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August 7, 1980 – New York Cosmos vs. Edmonton Drillers

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New York Cosmos vs. Edmonton Drillers
August 7, 1980
“Carlos Alberto Night”
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 30,283

North American Soccer League Programs
84 pages

 

It was “Carlos Alberto Night” at Giants Stadium on August 7, 1980 and from the outset it looked like the game was cursed.  Alberto himself, the brilliant New York Cosmos sweeper and captain of the 1970 Brazilian World Cup champion team, couldn’t play due to a thigh injury.  A propane gas leak on a tanker truck shut down the George Washington Bridge before game time, snarling traffic up through Manhattan.  The Cosmos delayed kickoff for half an hour, but the bottlenecks still produced the club’s smallest crowd in three years – 30,283 fans.

Thousands of fans stayed home, but one man would not be denied: the Cosmos Yugoslavian midfielder Vladislav Bogicevic, stuck hopelessly in Manhattan traffic with his wife and daughter.

“I decided to get out and jog to the Lincoln Tunnel,” Bogie told Ike Kuhns of The Newark Star-Ledger.  “Some guy in a tank truck picked me up and drove me through the tunnel.  Then he let me out and I got a ride from an old guy in a station wagon carrying trees.

“Neither one knew me.  The second guy let me out on the highway (Rte. 3) and I jogged on the road to the stadium.”

It was a good thing for the New Yorkers.  After spotting the visiting Edmonton Drillers leads of 1-0 and 2-1, the Cosmos forced sudden death overtime on an equalizer by Giorgio Chinaglia.   Bogicevic, the Cosmos’ hitchhiking midfielder, drilled the winner past Edmonton goalkeeper Pertti Alaja with 5:40 remaining in the second overtime.

 

==Downloads==

New York Cosmos  vs. Edmonton Drillers Game Notes – August 7th, 1980

Article Sources

 

==Links==

Edmonton Drillers Home Page

New York Cosmos Home Page

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Written by AC

January 13th, 2013 at 12:21 am

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