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Cosmos Honor Legends at Opening Match

The original Cosmos crest, used until 1977

The original Cosmos crest, used until 1977 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Cosmos announced on Tuesday that they will honor legendary players Pele, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia before the team’s opening match on August 3 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. The two living legends will be joined by the family members of Chinaglia, who played alongside the Brazilian stars during the 70s and 80s.

“We can never forget the great memories of playing for the Cosmos,” says Pelé, the team’s Honorary President. “It’s good to have the team back, and to involve my friend and captain Carlos Alberto along with the family of Giorgio Chinaglia.”

Pele will also be a part of turning the Empire State building light into the color of the Cosmos on August 1, as the legend will help to light up the iconic structure to celebrate the team’s return.

Representing Chinaglia will be members of his immediate family, including his son George, who founded the Giorgio Chinaglia Foundation.

“I and my family are deeply thankful to the Cosmos for honoring our father,” George Chinaglia said. “He absolutely loved his time in New York, from the fans to his teammates, and would certainly be thrilled about the team’s return on Aug. 3. To be a part of it is truly special for us.”

Tickets for the Cosmos opening match are available now at www.nycosmos.com and by calling 855-71-COSMOS. Group packages and family plans for the first match are also available.

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