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New York Cosmos-2  Seattle Sounders-1

After all they had gone through, there was a certain inevitability to the Cosmos’ championship run. New York defeated dispirited arch-rivals Tampa Bay 3-0 before 57,828, and then blitzed Gordon Banks for 8 goals in an 8-3 drubbing of Ft. Lauderdale before a league-record crowd of 77,691. After dispensing of a surprising Rochester club in the next round, New York faced the tenacious Seattle Sounders in Soccer Bowl ’77. Over 35,000 filled Portland’s Civic Stadium and saw Steve Hunt steal the ball off Sounders keeper Tony Chursky while the latter absentmindedly rolled the ball in the penalty area, scoring the match’s first goal. (FIFA rules at the time allowed a goalkeeper to roll the ball and pick it up again within the area; goalkeepers often rolled the ball to the top of the box to get more distance on punts). Seattle equalized, but Chinaglia scored on a header(!) to give the Cosmos a storybook ending to a tumultuous year. After the match, Pelé swapped jerseys with Seattle’s young American defender, Rookie of the Year Jim McAllister-many saw the move as a symbolic changing of the guard, as aging foreign veterans would soon give way to homegrown American stars.

Written by Steve Holroyd soccerbook@erols.com , with supplemental materials by Dave Litterer spectrum@sover.net

 

Scott Butner photos from Soccer Bowl '77!

 

Soccer Bowl Recap from the Sports Illustrated "Vault"

 

 

 

 

New: Playoff victory over Los Angeles gallery

 

Soccer Bowl '77

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Defense

Soccer Bowl '77

1977 Year in Review

 

Soccer Bowl '77 Match Program

Gallery

(Courtesy of Bruce Baskin)

Video Clips of 1977 Playoffs and Soccer Bowl

Playoffs 1977

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Sounders at Minnesota in 1977 playoffs.

Tommy Ord's dramatic goal 2 minutes from the end of regulation time  keeps Seattle alive and ties the match 2-2.

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Later in the same match...

David Butler's playoff overtime goal is a shocker as the Kicks give one away to the Sounders before 40,000 stunned fans, 3-2.

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Setting it up...

The Cosmos beat Rochester 4-1 while Seattle bests LA 1-0 to send the two teams into Soccer Bowl '77. Jockey Scott is the hero for Seattle.

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Almost...

The Sounders score the first goal of Soccer Bowl '77 against the Cosmos...but the call is "offsides!"

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No, Tony, No!

Here it is, the gaffe by goalie Tony Chursky that gave the Cosmos a 1-0 lead in the Final.

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Tommy Ties It!

Tommy Ord puts the Sounders even 1-1 with this nifty first-half goal.

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Chursky Saves!

Just before halftime Tony Chursky makes a dazzling, diving, one-handed save on a shot from Steve Hunt.

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Those Fightin' Lads!

Adrian Webster may have started it, but everyone soon gets involved. See photo above!

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Chinaglia's Winner

Cosmos' Forward Giorgio Chinaglia heads the ball where no one can reach it. 2-1 Cosmos.

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While the Sounders had many late chances, including a post-shot by Stevie Buttle, they fell that day 2-1.

Some still consider  the 1977 season as the most exciting in franchise history.

 

Soccer Bowl '77 and '78 Steins.