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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7211
  • Date09 Nov 13
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
  • Kick Off07:30 PM EDT
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NASL Soccer Bowl Game Preview: Atlanta Silverback vs. New York Cosmos

NASL Soccer Bowl Game Preview: Atlanta Silverback vs. New York Cosmos

Soccer Bowl

The Spring Season winners, Atlanta Silverbacks, will host the Fall campaign champions, New York Cosmos, in the NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  The first NASL championship to take place in Atlanta since 1971 will feature the Silverbacks looking to become the first Atlanta based team since 1968 (Atlanta Chiefs) to capture the title, while the Cosmos are aiming to add their sixth overall NASL crown and first since 1982.  The last meeting between the two was seven days ago to close out the regular season as a goal by forward Henry Lopez gave the Cosmos a 1-0 win at Silverbacks Park.

Calling the game for ESPN3…

JP Dellacamerahas been calling soccer games for nearly 30 years on ESPN, ABC and FOX Soccer at events including the Summer Olympic Games, 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, 1999 Women's World Cup final between the United States and China and numerous United States World Cup qualifiers, including Paul Caligiuri's famed 1989 ‘Shot Heard Round the World’ goal against Trinidad & Tobago.  He is also the voice of the New York Cosmos and the Philadelphia Union.

Janusz Michallikis a former U.S. international who earned 44 caps and scored a single goal as a tough defender.  He played in his native Poland, in numerous American leagues and in Major League Soccer with the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution.  He is a freelance commentator, having called games for ESPN and One World Sports.

Last Five Games: ATL- L W L L L                                   NYC- W W T W W                                                                                                                                                                    

Stats leaders:

ATL-Goals – Ruben Luna, Pedro Mendes (8); Assists – Danny Barrera (7)

NYC-Goals – Diomar Díaz, Marcos Senna (5); Assists – Stefan Dimitrov (3)

 

Overall Series:

NASL head-to-head: (2 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

Last meeting: November 2, 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 0-1 Cosmos

 

Coaches quotes:

“It’s been a long wait and an impatient one.  Now that it’s here, it’s a sigh of relief because we can put everything behind us and focus on this game.  I know it’s about getting your team ready for the moment, and we’ve done what we’ve needed to do. Now, it’s our time to stand up, and this where the team has to show itself now.”– Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes

“Our players and the whole technical staff have been working very hard and deserve this opportunity. We're still approaching it like every other game this year. Every game was a final to us because the league is so tough, now we have one more final left.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

 

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic

Asst 1: Anthony Vasoli

Asst 2: Brian Dunn

4th: Ted Unkel

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New York Cosmos Win NASL Soccer Bowl 2013

ATLANTA----A second half goal by former Spanish international Marcos Senna gave the New York Cosmos a 1-0 win and the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship in their first year in the league.

The re-booted Cosmos, who won the league’s fall title captured the championship by beating the Spring champion Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park in front of 7,211 mostly Silverbacks fans.

After dominating the attack in the first half, the Cosmos broke through in to 50th minute.  Ayoze took a free kick from 25 yards out that was cleared by an Atlanta defender. The ball fell to Senna who looped an 18 yard shot from the right side into the opposite upper 90.

The championship is the sixth in the history of the fabled New York club, which dominated the former version of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s and 80s.

New York went on the attack early, and only allowed Atlanta a few serious chances in the first half, keeping Silverbacks’ goalkeeper Joe Nasco hopping.

In the fifth minute, Diomar Diaz broke into the area, but had the ball tackled away before he was able to get a shot off.

Atlanta got their first chance in the 10th minute when Borfor Carr made a run down the right side, sending the ball into the area, but it was cleared for a corner kick that New York also successfully defended.

Brad Stisser gave Golden Glove winner Kyle Renish his first test of the game in the 13th minute, taking a shot from the right that the New York ‘keeper easily handled.

Stefan Dimitrov forced Atlanta goalkeeper Joe Nasco to make a big save in the 17th minute, taking a shot that was heading toward the left post before the Atlanta keeper dove to cover it up. Two minutes later Cosmos defender Hunter Freeman took a corner kick from the near side, but sent his effort sailing across the area and out.

Diaz came close twice in a one minute span, first putting a shot wide in the 21`st minute, then getting under a cross from Carlos Mendes and again sending wide.

Dimitrov had the Cosmos best chance in the 28th minute when Freeman put a cross into the area. The Cosmos forward had time to settle the ball, and could have tapped it in, but instead tried to slam a shot, sending it up over the net into the picnic area.

A minute later, Senna took a free kick from just above the penalty area, curling it toward the lower left corner, but Nasco was able to dive to cover it up.

New York continued to put pressure on the Atlanta defense and in the 35th minute, Ayoze played a masterful ball into the area, Paul Mendes got a touch on it, but could not redirect it into the net. Dimitriov had another chance a minute later, sidewinding a shot that Nasco grabbed.

In the dying moments of the first half, Ayoze again played a ball into the area, Nasco could not control it in flight, bobbling it in the air, but he did manage to come up with it.

After doing down a goal, Atlanta began to push the attack, and the Cosmos did well to absorb te pressure to hold onto the lead.

Danny Barrera instigated an attack on the left side in the 61st minute, putting a ball across the face of the goal, but the Cosmos cleared it out for a corner, which they also successfully defended. A minute later, Mike Radolph’s cross into the area was headed high by Pedro Mendes.

In the 78th minute, Atlanta’s Shane Maroney barreled is way into the goal box, but Reynish threw himself at the ball to block the shot.

One minute into the five minutes of stoppage time, Barrera swung a corner kick into the goal box, and Reynish punched it away.