The NASL’s New York Cosmos will play its first encounter of 2013 when they face host Newtown Pride FC in an exhibition at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, Connecticut on Tuesday.
The match is part of "Soccer Revolution” which is a charity event designed to raise funds for the Newtown Parent Connection.
The Cosmos, who are scheduled to return for the NASL’s Fall 2013 season, will have several contract players unavailable for the encounter against Newtown Pride however Ayoze, Hunter Freeman and Carlos Mendes will suit up and be ready for today.
Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said yesterday “We'll still be testing and experimenting with things. We're trying to give the players a chance to convince us tomorrow and change things.”
The Newtown Pride, under head coach Michael Svanda, recently wrapped up their 2012-13 campaign in the Connecticut Soccer League with 26 points and was good for a fifth-place finish. The team has made remarkable strides of late and will continue its season in the quarterfinals of the playoffs on Wednesday night.
Midfielder Dane Murphy, who grew up in Redding, Conn., is particularly looking forward to giving back to his hometown community, as well as playing in front of numerous family members and friends.
"To be able to help in any way or provide some kind of happiness for the families in Newtown, or any kind of charity, is something I've been waiting to do since the tragedy happened,” said Murphy. “It means a great deal to us."
The Cosmos match will kick off at 7:30 pm ET on Tuesday evening. Tickets are still available. Visit http://newtownparentconnection.org/ for more information.
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