Random Great Goals: Roberto Cabanas (New York Cosmos) vs Tulsa Roughnecks, 1983 (Video)

Chris Wright

14th, January 2015


By Chris Wright

American Soccer - NASL Soccer Bowl 80 - New York Cosmos v Fort Lauderdale Strikers - RFK Stadium

In what we’re hoping will become a semi-regular little series on Pies, we thought we’d pluck great, if slightly lesser-known goals from the archives at random and duly give them their moment in the spotlight.

This time we’re opting for something a little different in the impressive flexible guise of 1983’s Budweiser NASL Goal of the Year – scored by Roberto Cabanas of the New York Cosmos, no less.

Finding himself in a tricky position underneath a knock-down from Cosmos teammate Angelo DiBernado, Paraguayan striker Cabanas engaged in a spot of pre-Zlatan Zlataning (David Hartrick©) to somehow hook the ball home against the wonderfully Yanktastic-sounding Tulsa Roughnecks (who had a pretty special club crest, as it happens)…

Like the commentator says…AWESOME.

In fact, we had to re-watch the video several times to actually work out how Cabanas (who was also named NASL Forward of the Year in 1983) managed to get anything on it.

More random great goals on Pies…

1. Patrick M’Boma (Gamba Osaka) vs Shonan Bellmare
2. Lothar Matthaus (Bayern Munich) vs Bayer Leverkusen
3. Ian Wright (Arsenal) vs Swindon Town