Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs Minnesota United FC


TV: ESPN3; ONE World Sports


NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC, who already secured its berth into ‘The Championship,’ will aim to extend its current 10-game unbeaten streak as they visit last year’s Soccer Bowl winners – New York Cosmos – at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in the NASL’s ‘Match Of The Week’ on ESPN3.  Minnesota’s last and only defeat in 2014 was against New York during the Spring Campaign when a goal from midfielder Marcos Senna gave the hosts a 1-0 win at James M. Shuart Stadium on May 12.  Cosmos, who are currently third in the NASL Combined Standings (Spring/Fall), are coming off 3-1 loss on the road against Tampa Bay Rowdies last week, while league-leaders United posted a 5-1 home victory over Indy Eleven.  New York has won all three previous encounters against Minnesota.


Last Five Games:  NYC – T L T W L                           MNU – W T W W W




MNU-Christian Ramirez (Player of the Week-6); Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas, Jamie Watson (Team of the Week-6)


Stats leaders:

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (3); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (3)

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (12); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)



NASL Head-to-Head: (3 meetings): Cosmos 3 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses — 3 GF/0 GA (+3 GD)

At Cosmos: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses — 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: May 12, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 1-0 United


Coaches quotes:

“We have a very big challenge ahead of us this weekend against Minnesota, the league leaders. This is a crucial game for us and we can’t wait to play it.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“They're (New York) a very good team, they're defending champions and I think that is something we are aware of. Every game is important and this one is obviously going to be important for them because of where they are on the table. They've had our number in very close games the last couple of times, so we're going to do our best to prepare well for a big week.” – United coach Manny Lagos


Referee: Mark Allatin

Asst 1: Joseph Zawistowski

Asst 2: Aldi Kuri

4th: Ernie Constantine