Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5572
  • Date31 May 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
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NY Cosmos 3
NY Cosmos

64'M. Stokkelien

83'J. Ockford

85'D. Szetela

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. New York Cosmos

FTLvNYC

Webcast: NASLLive.com

Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com

A rivalry that began almost four decades ago - and rebooted last year – continues when the defending champion New York Cosmos travel to take on Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium. In the NASL’s modern era, the clubs met twice in 2013 with the Cosmos winning both matches, including the last encounter at Lockhart Stadium when the visitors posted a 2-0 victory last September.  Currently in second place in the 2014 Spring Standings, the Cosmos are coming off a 1-1 draw last week against visiting Indy Eleven, while the fourth place Strikers dropped a 3-2 decision to hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies.  New York also secured its spot into the 2014 Open Cup Fourth Round in midweek by topping the NPSL’s Brooklyn Italians SC, 2-0, while Fort Lauderdale were eliminated from The Cup losing 3-2 to Laredo Heat of PDL.



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



Recognition:

FTL-Mark Anderson (Team of the Week-7)

NYC- Sebástian Guenzatti (Team of the Week-7)

Stats leaders:

FTL-Goals – Martin Nuñez (4); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

NYC-Goals – Ayoze, Carlos Mendes, Mads Stokkelien (2); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (2)

Suspension:

FTL-Carlos Salazar

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses – 4 GF/1 GA (+3 GD)

At Strikers: (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/1 GA (+3 GD)

Last Meeting: September 21, 2013 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 0-2 Cosmos

Coaches quotes:

“We are still in a good position (in the standings), but we need to get the points at home. The Cosmos are very strong defensively, so it’s going to be a good match-up, especially since both teams are trying to stay near the top of the league. We need to play smart and continue working together and create some chances.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“The Strikers are a talented attacking team and we will need to be organized and ready to play our game against them. One of the things that we have been doing very well this season is to be a team that is very compact. Defensively, we have been a solid group by allowing only three goals in seven matches, which is a result of hard work from the forwards all the way back to our goalkeeper.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese



Referee: Ted Unkel

Asst 1: Randy Cook

Asst 2: Felix Carranza

4th: Trent Robert Vanhaitsma

 

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 New York Cosmos 3

A second-half surge from the New York Cosmos propelled the side to a 3-0 victory over the hosts Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday evening.

FTLvNYC

A second-half surge from the New York Cosmos propelled the side to a 3-0 victory over the hosts Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday evening.

With the defeat the Strikers are mathematically eliminated from winning the Spring season title, while the Cosmos remain in contention along with Minnesota United FC.

The crowd of 5,572 saw Mads Stokkelien earned and converted a penalty kick to open the scoring while late strikes from Joseph Nane and Danny Szetela ensured victory for New York.

Shawn Chin went close to opening the scoring in the 18th minute of the match. The midfielder spotted Cosmos’ goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer off his line and attempted to chip the ball over him from more than 40 yards away. The ball sailed over Maurer and smashed off the underside of the bar but did not cross the line.

Mark Anderson, perhaps inspired by Chin’s earlier effort, attempted to chip Maurer from the halfway line. The shot took the Cosmos keeper by surprise but it was off target from Anderson.

The game was forced into a 15 minute delay shortly after the second half kicked off due to a power outage on the South side of the stadium. Once the lights came back on play resumed from the 51st minute

Shortly after the restart Ebbers struck the post. Chin powered down the right side and centered a low ball for the big German forward to hit. The ball cannoned off the post and Anderson could only manage to get a slight touch on the rebound, knocking it wide.

The Cosmos opened the scoring in the 64th minute from the penalty spot. Oka Nikolov guessed correctly on the effort from Stokkelien, but the Norwegian’s effort had too much pace on it.

The goal seemed to take the wind out of the Strikers’ sails and the Cosmos began to take control of the match. Two quick goals from Nane and Szetela in the 83rd and the 85th increased the Cosmos’ lead to 3-0, a scoreline they held until the conclusion of the match.

“I didn’t think we had a good first half,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese.  “By the second it was different.  We were able to be solid and we were able to get plays.  We got a break on the penalty kick, which as good for a penalty kick and at the end we had a very good second half.”