Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3581
  • Date24 May 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
  • Kick Off06:00 PM EDT
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NY Cosmos
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Indy Eleven 1
Indy Eleven

S. Guenzatti4'

76'B. Ring

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Indy Eleven

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Indy Eleven

NYCvIND

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

Defending champion New York Cosmos will host a team from the state of Indiana for the first time in their history when they take on Indy Eleven at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  NASL expansion club Indy Eleven is looking search for its first victory, while the Cosmos have won their last two encounters and are just three points from first-place in the 2014 Spring Standings.  New York is coming off a 3-0 win over host Tampa Bay Rowdies last week, while Indy dropped a 4-2 home decision to Ottawa Fury FC.

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

Recognition:
NYC-Marcos Senna, Mads Stokkelien (Team of the Week-6)
IND-N/A

Stats leaders:
NYC-Goals – Ayoze, Carlos Mendes, Mads Stokkelien (2); Assists – Ayoze, Hunter Freeman, Sebástian Guenzatti, Marcos Senna, Mads Stokkelien (1)
IND-Goals – Mike Ambersley (3); Assists – A.J. Corrado (2)

Series:
NASL Head-to-Head: First Meeting

Coaches quotes:
“We continue to see our team growing in different aspects. Defensively, we’ve been very strong and offensively being able to create better chances in order to score more goals. Indy is a team that hasn’t been able to get too many points but we know that it’s a very good team and we’re preparing for this match very seriously.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“There's no doubt playing at the Cosmos is one of the tougher challenges in the league, but it is one our group is up for.  New York's a team that is always cohesive, always on the same page, and that's where we are trying to get to right now.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Asst 1: Matthew Nelson
Asst 2: David Breckner
4th: Rosario Candela

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A fourth-minute goal by Sebastian Guenzatti has given the New York Cosmos a 1-0 halftime lead over Indy Eleven at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

NYCvIND

Forward Sebastian Guenzatti put the New York Cosmos in front early, but midfielder Brad Ring equalized inside the final 15 minutes as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

“It was tough going down early once again, but it took a world-class finish to do it and I thought the guys responded well enough for the rest of the half to keep it at 1-0,” said Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer.  "The second half was probably the best 45 minutes we've played this season because of the commitment the guys showed both individually and collectively. The work rate was where it needed to be and this gives us a good base to work off of moving forward."

The crowd of 3,581 saw the Cosmos first draw of the season further complicates their chances of winning the Spring season.

The Cosmos wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against Indy Eleven with Guenzatti taking a pass from Mads Stokkelien and ripping into inside the far post from 24 yards in the fourth minute.

It was the earliest Cosmos goal of the Spring campaign and second of the year for Guenzatti.

Ring equalized for Indy Eleven in the 76th minute, stripping Marcos Senna and racing down the right wing before putting a low shot past Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer from 20 yards.

Expansion Indy, the lone winless team with an 0-4-3 record, snapped a four-match losing streak, while the Cosmos (4-2-1), which trailed first-place Minnesota by three points entering play Saturday, had a modest two-game winning streak snapped.

Five minutes from full time, Walter Ramirez received a cross from Don Smart and had space in the box, but Guenzatti tracked back to steal the ball and saved what could have been the winning goal.

Two minutes later, Senna left the match injured and was replaced by Stefan Dimitrov.

In the 89th minute, Hunter Freeman found space down the right, but Indy goalkeeper Kristian Nicht did well to snag the cross. Another Freeman cross seconds later was headed clear by defender Fijero Okiomah.

Danny Szetela put one final shot on target deep into stoppage time, but Nicht made the save.

Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese commented after the match: "It’s disappointing because I think the tie was a loss. We said at halftime that this was a team that if we allowed them to run and we gave them space, eventually they were going to find a way to score a goal. I think that’s what we should have done better; closing the space better, being a little bit more organized, being a little bit more savvy. I think the fact that we were a little too early successful allowed the players to relax a little bit and that didn’t allow us to be as compact as we were last week.”