Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4855
  • Date17 May 14
  • VenueAl Lang Stadium
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
NY Cosmos 3
NY Cosmos

48'M. Stokkelien


62'Paulo Mendes

Match Preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. New York Cosmos

TBR v NYC 5/17


A rivalry that began almost four decades ago - and rebooted last year – continues when the defending champion New York Cosmos travel to take on Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium in the NASL Match of the Week on ESPN3.   Now, in the NASL’s modern era, the clubs met twice in 2013 with the first encounter ending in a scoreless draw at Al Lang Stadium.  The Cosmos won second match, 4-3, at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium last September.  Trailing 3-1, New York scored three times in the final 27 minutes of the match for the victory.  Cosmos ended their two-game losing streak last week with a 1-0 triumph over visiting Minnesota United FC, while Rowdies played to a 1-1 draw against hosts Ottawa Fury FC.

Last Five Games:  TBR–T T L W T         NYC–W W L L W             

TBR-Matt Pickens (Team of the Week-5)
NYC-Marcos Senna (Player of the Week-5); Hunter Freeman, Marcos Senna (Team of the Week-5)

Stats leaders:
TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (2); Assists – Keith Savage, Darel Russell, Blake Wagner (1)
NYC-Goals – Carlos Mendes (2); Assists – Ayoze, Hunter Freeman, Sebástian Guenzatti, Mads Stokkelien (1)

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)
At Rowdies: (1 meeting): Cosmos/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 0 GF/0 GA (0 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)
Last meeting: September 29, 2013 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 4-3 Rowdies

Coaches quotes:
“They're the reigning champions.  We've not amassed as many points as we would have liked to. We're also aware that at Al Lang, we've given our fans something to cheer about and they've been tremendous as always, but we haven't been able to go across the line and get all three points.  This Saturday is an opportunity to play a side with more points than us at the moment. It should be fantastic.” – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill

“We took a lot of positives from the Minnesota match but we are still focusing on continuing to improve the team and making sure we can keep growing and growing as we get ready for Tampa.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald
Asst 1: Emmanuel Darriba
Asst 2: Kersten Schroeder
4th: Kyle Whitley


Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 New York Cosmos 3

Cosmos stay in hunt for the Spring Championship with win


The New York Cosmos scored three goals in a span of 13 minutes early in the second half to beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-0, at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.

The Cosmos, who won their second straight game in the North American Soccer League Spring Season, had scored just two goals in their previous four matches.

After a scoreless first half, the Cosmos (4-2-0), which pulled within a point of co-leaders Fort Lauderdale and Minnesota pending the result of their match Saturday, scored a pair of goals in three minutes to take a commanding 2-0 lead.

In the 48th minute, Mads Stokkelien got his head on a cross by Marcos Senna and then beat Tampa Bay goalkeeper Ryan Thompson with a low shot to put New York in front.

Three minutes later, Ayoze put a low free kick from 20 yards through the outside of the wall and to Thompson’s right to double the Cosmos advantage.

In the 61st minute, Paulo Mendes stalked Jay Needham and stripped the Tampa Bay defender from behind before putting a low shot past Thompson to give the Cosmos a commanding 3-0 lead.

Cosmos fullback Hunter Freeman was particularly active in the attacking third in the opening 20 minutes, putting a shot on frame six minutes into the match and forcing Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens to dive to his right on a 30-yard blast that was just wide of the far post in the 20th minute.

Pickens sustained a quad/thigh injury on the ensuing goal kick and was replaced by Thompson moments later.

The Cosmos return to Shuart Stadium to take on Indy Eleven on May 24 at 7 p.m.