Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7906
  • Date13 Apr 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
  • Kick Off05:00 PM EDT
W W L W L
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 4
V
W W D D W
Atlanta Silverbacks 0
Atlanta Silverbacks

C. Mendes23'

Ayoze32'

C. Mendes38'

M. Stokkelien72'

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

NYCvATL

Webcast: NASLLive.com
TV: NYC - ONE World Sports

A rematch from last year’s Soccer Bowl, with the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos hosting the Atlanta Silverbacks at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  Leading up to this NASL campaign, the Silverbacks ended their preseason with a six-game unbeaten streak, while the Cosmos traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and dropped two of three encounters against local clubs. The Cosmos, who currently have an 11-game unbeaten streak, have posted consecutive 1-0 victories over the Silverbacks in the last two meetings in Atlanta, including the NASL Soccer Bowl that gave New York its sixth championship this past November.  The last time both clubs met in New York ended in a 1-1 draw on September 8, 2013.  Midfielder Marcos Senna gave the Cosmos the lead just before halftime with a penalty kick goal, but defender Shane Moroney scored the equalizer for the Silverbacks in the second half.

Last Five Preseason Games: NYC- L W L      ATL - W T T W W  
  
Last Year’s Recognition:
NYC-Kyle Reynish (Golden Glove); Marcos Senna (Best XI)
ATL-Martyn Lancaster, Richard Menjvar, Joe Nasco (Best XI)

Last Year’s Stats leaders:
NYC-Goals – Diomar Díaz, Marcos Senna (5); Assists – Stefan Dimitrov (3)
ATL-Goals – Ruben Luna, Pedro Mendes (8); Assists – Danny Barrera (7)

Series:
NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)
At Cosmos: (1 meeting): Cosmos/Silverbacks 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): 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:
“We have had a long preseason this year. We are looking forward to the start of our 2014 season against a quality opponent such as Atlanta at Hofstra Stadium this Sunday and defending our NASL title. We’ve added some quality players and we feel very confident in our team.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“Oddly enough, this will be our third straight game against the Cosmos dating back to last year, and the only advantage that I think we have is the fact that we know who they are, but they don’t know who we are. We’re a brand new team, and they haven’t seen a lot of our guys. It’s always a special occasion when you play against the Cosmos. Hopefully we can change our fortunes around this time and be on the other end of the result.” – Silverbacks coach Eric Wynalda

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Asst 1: Eric Weisbrod
Asst 2: Ernie Constantine
4th: Neil Barbulescu

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Four Star Cosmos Open With a Win

Mendes goal

By Dylan Butler

The New York Cosmos 2014 North American Soccer League season is off to a dream start as the defending champions defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks, 4-0, in both teams opener in front of 7,906 fans at Shuart Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Cosmos, who were undefeated at home a year ago, scored three goals in the opening 38 minutes before newcomer Mads Stokkelien headed in the final goal in the 72nd minute.

Captain Carlos Mendes scored his second career professional goal and first in more than 10 years to put the Cosmos in front, 1-0, in the 23rd minute. Atlanta goalkeeper Derby Castillo made a diving save on a Marcos Senna free kick from 19 yards before Mendes put the rebound in off the near post.

His first goal was scored as a member of the Rochester Rhinos in the 2003-04 season against Atlanta.

Ayoze doubled the Cosmos advantage nine minutes later, slotting the rebound of a Stokkelien shot blocked by a Silverbacks defender.

Mendes made it 3-0 in the 38th minute, tapping in an Ayoze corner kick from eight yards out.

Stokkelien scored his first goal in a Cosmos uniform in the 72nd minute, heading in a cross from Sebastian Guenzatti at the edge of the six-yard box.

In his second career start, Maurer made 12 to earn the clean sheet, his second against the Silverbacks after earning a 1-0 win in Atlanta in last year’s regular season finale.