The New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies renew their North American Soccer League rivalry in a top of the table clash at Hofstra University on Sunday evening at 5pm ET.
The visitors are the only team that can unseat New York from pole position by winning away from home – something they have done five times in 2013. The Cosmos are unbeaten on home turf, boasting three wins and a draw, while the Rowdies are riding a 10-game unbeaten streak and have yet to lose during the NASL Fall Season.
“I've said this many times, but every week is another final for us,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese. “And this weekend is no different. Tampa has acquired some new players since we played them and they're playing well. This is an important game and going to be another good challenge for us.”
Having relied on last second goals to win their first two home games this season, the Cosmos appear to have found a goal scorer in Venezuelan Diomar Diaz, who hit the target twice last weekend and has three goals on the campaign. In opposition, the Rowdies will look to the league’s second top scorer Georgi Hristov, whose 11 goals in 2013 have made him a constant threat.
“The Cosmos have shown that they are a tough team to beat,” said Rowdies midfielder Stuart Campbell. “They are very strong at home, but then again we are the best team on the road and it’s up to us to take over the top of the table. It’s such an honor to play for a club that has such a rich history and tradition and playing against the Cosmos is special for every member on this team.”
The anticipated clash can be seen live on www.OneWorldSports.com/watch after completing a brief registration and will be broadcast live on SNY TV, which reaches more than 13 million homes. The game is not available through Ustream.
“We know how strong they are at home, but we also know how well we have played on the road,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. “It will be an important match that could place us at the top of the table and I’ve expressed to the players that we must go out and stay concentrated the full 90 minutes.”
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