Worse was to come. In February of this year, in midseason, Chinaglia pulled his team out of the MISL. Then the Cosmos were expelled from the NASL, after which the league died. Finally, and farcically, to fulfill U.S. Soccer Federation regulations and play the 11-game international schedule Chinaglia planned, the once-proud Cosmos were obliged to become members of a certified league. So they joined the New Jersey Italian-American League. In which capacity they lost 2-1 to Lazio and finished up on an even lower note of absurdity when, as time ran out, the game ended in a flurry of fisticuffs and kicks from both of Chinaglia's teams.
And so the rocket finally hit the AstroTurf, not with a bang but a damp phut! The following morning Pinton resigned and Giorgio went back to Rome, where, from his home in the Piazza di Spagna, he announced that he had left the Cosmos for good, that he had returned his shares to Warners, that he would let the lawyers sort everything out. He certainly did not sound very interested in the Cosmos anymore.