The New York Cosmos will honor legendary players Pelé, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia before the team’s opening match on Saturday, August 3, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.
The two living legends will be joined by family members of the late Chinaglia, who played alongside the Brazilian stars during the 1970s 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.”
Pelé will also participate in a lighting ceremony on Thursday, August 1, at the Empire State Building, when the iconic building will be transformed into the hues of Cosmos green 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.
“Myself 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 August 3. To be a part of it is truly special for us.”
Tickets for the Cosmos opening match are available now at www.nycosmos.comand by calling 855-71-COSMOS. Group packages and family plans for the first match are also now available.
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