Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3091
  • Date12 May 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 1
Minnesota United FC 0
Minnesota United FC


Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Minnesota United FC

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TV: ONE World Sports

League-leader Minnesota United FC aims to remain perfect in the standings when they face host and defending champion New York Cosmos at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  Minnesota is coming off a 3-2 win over visiting Indy Eleven last week, while New York lost its second consecutive game for the first time in three decades after falling 1-0 on the road to Carolina RailHawks.  The Cosmos have won the previous two meetings against United in 2013 both by 1-0 scorelines.  In their last meeting, a second-half goal from midfielder Paulo Mendes gave New York the victory over host Minnesota at NSC Stadium last October.

Last Five Games: NYC–W W L L       MNU-W W W W  
MNU-Tiago Calvano, Daniel Mendes, Christian Ramirez (Team of the Week-4)

Stats leaders:
NYC-Goals – Carlos Mendes (2); Assists – Ayoze, Sebástian Guenzatti, Mads Stokkelien (1)
MNU-Goals – Christian Ramirez (3); Assists – Simone Bracalello, Miguel Ibarra, Daniel Mendes, Aaron Pitchkolan, Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas (1)

NYC-Sebastian Guenzatti

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)
At Cosmos: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)
Last Meeting: October 5, 2013 at NSC Stadium — United 0-1 Cosmos

Coaches quotes:
“I think it's a huge challenge for us and for the Cosmos, because they haven't scored in a few games. We've done really well, and we know that they're a great team, so I think the challenge for both teams sets up a really great match-up. Certainly for us, going back on the road and playing against a team that we think is very good, no doubt it's going to be a big challenge.” – United coach Manny Lagos

“Our only focus is to make sure we are ready to start winning some games, and especially this weekend to be prepared as much as we can to play against Minnesota. We see this as being a final game for us.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

Referee: Robert Sibiga
Asst 1: Eric Weisbrod
Asst 2: TJ Zablocki
4th: Alex Chilowicz


New York Cosmos 1 Minnesota United FC 0

Senna goal the difference in critical match


Marcos Senna curled in 20-yard shot off a corner kick in the 61st minute to help the New York Cosmos defeat Minnesota United FC, 1-0, Monday night in a North American Soccer League matchup at Shuart Stadium.

New York broke a two-game losing streak and scored for the first time in 294 minutes. The Cosmos handed first place Minnesota United their first loss of the NASL season in front of a crowd of 3,091 at Hofstra University.

The Cosmos got on the scoreboard in the second half when Senna received the corner kick from Hunter Freeman outside of the box, took one touch and drove his right-foot shot into the net past Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel in the 61st minute.

The hosts had a chance to increase the lead in the 71st minute, but Mads Stokkelien could not get a foot off the  pass outside the right box from teammate Jemal Johnson.

Minnesota United was close to equalizing one minute later. Aaron Pitchkolan put a long pass into the path of Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, who leaped to tip the ball away from oncoming attacker Simone Braclaello for a corner kick.

Maurer was called into action late in the second half as the Cosmos keeper saved a low shot from United forward Christian Ramirez in the 85th minute.

New York returns to action on Saturday night in a visit to Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m.