Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4130
  • Date26 Apr 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
  • Kick Off07:00 PM EDT
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NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 0
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L W W W D
San Antonio Scorpions 1
San Antonio Scorpions

15'E. Hassli

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. San Antonio Scorpions

NYCvSAS

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

Defending champions New York Cosmos looks to extend their unbeaten streak, which currently stands at 13 (tied for NASL’s all-time best since 2011), when they host the San Antonio Scorpions at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  The Cosmos also have a chance to break another of the league’s all-time records in this modern era as they are two minutes shy of tying and three of breaking most consecutive shutout minutes as they are currently at 357.  San Antonio is coming off a 2-1 road win last week against Atlanta Silverbacks, while New York topped host FC Edmonton by score 1-0. The Cosmos have won the previous two encounters against the Scorpions, including last October at Toyota Field when second half goals from midfielder Marcos Senna and forward Stefan Dimitrov gave New York a 2-1 victory over San Antonio.  Forward Tomasz Zahorski had the only tally for the Scorpions in the loss.

Last Five Games: NYC–W W     SAS-L W             

Recognition:
NYC-Hunter Freeman (Team of the Week-2)
SAS-Greg Janicki, Walter Restrepo (Team of the Week-2)

Stats leaders:
NYC-Goals – Carlos Mendes (2); Assists – Ayoze, Sebástian Guenzatti, Mads Stokkelien (1)
SAS-Goals – Greg Janicki, Shaun Saiko (1); Assists – Danny Barrera, Eric Hassli (1)

Series:
NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses – 4 GF/2 GA (+2 GD)
At Cosmos: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses – 4 GF/2 GA (+2 GD)
Last Meeting: October 26, 2013 at Toyota Field – Scorpions 1-2 Cosmos

Coaches quotes:
“The Edmonton game is behind us, now we are focusing on playing San Antonio. Every game for us is a final, especially when we play at home. We expect San Antonio to come full strength but our guys are growing every weekend.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“This is an important match against the current champions in what will be a stern test in front of a vocal home crowd. We feel confident about our progress thus far and the framework we've implemented to achieve a positive result on Saturday.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

Referee: Mark Geiger
Asst 1: Sean Hurd
Asst 2: Joe Fletcher
4th: Igor Gvozoik

NASL Live:

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New York Cosmos 0 San Antonio Scorpions 1

A goal from French forward Eric Hassli gave the visiting San Antonio Scorpions 1-0 victory over New York Cosmos at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.

NYCvSAS

A goal from French forward Eric Hassli gave the visiting San Antonio Scorpions 1-0 victory over New York Cosmos at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.

Hassli followed up forward Danny Berrera’s saved shot and headed the rebound past New York goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer to give San Antonio a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute to also end the Cosmos’ 13-game unbeaten streak.

Barrera sliced into the box, cut inside Cosmos captain Carlos Mendes and put his attempt on target. Maurer made the save at the edge of the six-yard box, but Hassli pounced on the rebound and nodded it home.

The goal ended the Cosmos shutout streak at 372 minutes, a modern day NASL record. It dated back to a 2-1 win over San Antonio on Oct. 26, 2013.

One minute from halftime, Mads Stokkelien nearly equalized for the Cosmos, which dominated possession, but the Norwegian’s blast from 20 yards went wide of the far post.

The visitors nearly doubled their advantage in the 55th minute, but Walter Restrepo put his 30-yard free kick off the crossbar.

In the 62nd minute, Danny Szetela put a low shot on target, but San Antonio goalkeeper David Bingham dived to his left to parry the shot away for the Cosmos seventh corner.

Two minutes later, Jemal Johnson had an open shot, but put it off the outside netting.

In the final minute of second-half stoppage time, Marcos Senna put a 25-yard free kick off the San Antonio wall and Ayoze’s subsequent free throw deflected over the net.

"The guys executed the plan with discipline and precision to earn a well deserved win on the road against a tough opponent," said Scorpions coach Alen Marcina.  "We'll look to continue improving and growing as a team, and it'll be fantastic to play in front of our home crowd for this upcoming stretch. "

Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese commented on the decisive Scorpions goal: "Jimmy (Maurer) had a good save as well on that play but at the end the ball went exactly to the head of their player who scored. Those things are going to happen. I just think it could've been a little bit better in our final third and it's a game that I think if we win 2-1, 3-1, I think we'd be talking about how well we played at the end of the game."

The Cosmos pressed for the equalizer, had a 21-5 shots advantage, but the defending Soccer Bowl champions were unable to find the back of the net and suffered their second loss in their reincarnation.

The loss is first at home by the Cosmos since they were beaten 2-1 by Golden Bay Earthquakes on September 12, 1984.  It was also the Cosmos first-ever loss at Hofstra University, snapping a 25-match unbeaten streak dating back to 1972.