Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4399
  • Date19 Apr 14
  • VenueClarke Field
FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 0
NY Cosmos 1
NY Cosmos

37'S. Guenzatti

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. New York Cosmos

FCEvNYC Spring Season 2014 Preview

TV: FCE – City TV (Delayed – Sunday, April 20, 3:30 pm ET)

Defending champion New York Cosmos put their 12-game unbeaten streak on the line as they travel to Canada to meet FC Edmonton to an excepted sold out Clarke Stadium at 9 pm ET.  The Cosmos’ streak is also one shy of the overall league’s record in the modern era which is 13 set by Carolina RailHawks in 2011.  Edmonton is coming off a 1-1 draw at Tampa Bay Rowdies, while New York posted a 4-0 shutout against the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks.  This is the third-ever meeting between the two clubs as both previous matches ended in draws in 2013, including a 1-1 stalemate last October at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  Forward Alessandro Noselli gave the home team the lead in the second half, however, David Proctor scored the equalizer just before the end of the game and spoiled the host Cosmos’ chance of clinching the 2013 NALS Fall Title in front of their home fans. 

Last Five Games: FCE – T      NYC – W  
NYC-Carlos Mendes (Player of the Week-1); Ayoze, Carlos Mendes (Team of the Week-1)

Stats leaders:
FCE-Goal – Carlos Mendes (2); Assists – Ayoze, Sebástian Guenzatti (1)
NYC-Goals – Tomi Ameobi (1); Assist – Ritchie Jones (1)

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos/Eddies 0 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/2 GA (0 GD)
At Edmonton: (1 meeting): Cosmos/Eddies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): Cosmos/Eddies 0 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/2 GA (0 GD)
Last meeting: October 20, 2013 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 1-1 Eddies

Coaches quotes:
“There is a terrific tradition when it comes to the New York Cosmos and it’s always a huge occasion when they come to town. We will be well prepared for them and we’re all excited for the big crowd that will be there to cheer us on.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“We have a big challenge this weekend against a good team. Especially since Edmonton are stronger when they play at home.  Every game is a final. Even more so this year than it was last year.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau
Asst 1: Micheal Barwegen
Asst 2: Chris Wattam
4th: Sheena Dickson

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FC Edmonton 0 New York Cosmos 1


A first half goal by Sebastian Guenzatti proved to be the game winner as the NY Cosmos defeated FC Edmonton 1-0 on Saturday night at Clarke Stadium.

FC Edmonton played its second game of the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) season and first on home turf in the 2014 Canadian Tire Home Opener.

Mads Stokkelein received a throw-in by Ayoze, turned on his defender and made an endline run. The Norwegian forward crossed to the near post where an unmarked Guenzatti flicked past Eddies goalkeeper John Smits in the 37th minute for the only goal the defending NASL champions needed.

Diomar Diaz attempted to double the Cosmos advantage, bending a shot toward the far post that Smits parried away for a huge save.

The Cosmos, which opened the season with a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks Sunday at home last week, had the first quality scoring chance of the first half when Marcos Senna set up a free kick from 30 yards out.

But the midfielder’s attempt went over the wall and right into Smits in the ninth minute.

FC Edmonton, which played the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-1 draw last week, had their first scoring chance seven minutes later when Michael Nonni made a big run down the right flank and crossed to an open Frank Jonke in front of goal. His header attempt was off target.

Danny Szetela nearly capitalized on an Edmonton defensive misplay, but his low shot toward the far post was pushed away by Smits for another Cosmos corner in the 50th minute. Seven minutes later, the Eddies were inches close to scoring an own goal.

Jimmy Maurer, who wasn’t tested often, earned his second consecutive clean sheet. His best save came in the 69th minute when he denied Jonke, who muscled his way into the box, at the near post.