Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3806
  • Date12 Jul 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
W W L W W
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 1
V
L D L D D
San Antonio Scorpions 3
San Antonio Scorpions

H. Freeman57'

41'R. Castillo

45'R. Castillo

69'S. Touray

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. San Antonio Scorpions

NYCvSAS match preview

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: NYC-ONE World Sports

Last year’s NASL Soccer Bowl winners New York Cosmos open the 2014 Fall Season at home when they greet San Antonio Scorpions at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  New York missed out this year’s Spring Title by a single point to eventual winner Minnesota United FC, while San Antonio finished third.  Cosmos and Scorpions will both will be aiming for the remaining berth to ‘The Championship’ and to joining Minnesota in November.  New York, who has won two-of-three meetings against San Antonio, currently has a five-game unbeaten streak,  Meanwhile, Scorpions have not lost in their last five matches and have a perfect 4-0-0 record on the road that includes 1-0 victory (forward Eric Hassli’s game-winner) at New York on April 26.

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

Recognition:

NYC-Ayoze, Jimmy Maurer (Spring, Team of the Week-9)

SAS-Josue Soto (Spring, Team of the Week-9)

Stats leaders:

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (3); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (3)

SAS-Goals – Eric Hassli (2); Assists – Billy Forbes, Eric Hassli (3)

Suspension:

SAS-Eric Hassli

Series:

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

At Cosmos: (2 meetings): Cosmos/Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss— 2 GF/2 GA (0 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: April 26, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 0-1 Scorpions

Coaches quotes:

“We are starting off the season playing against a quality team. They defeated us at home last year, breaking our long lasting undefeated record at (James M.) Shuart Stadium. Our players are looking forward to this match and we are ready to get off to a strong start for this Fall Season.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“New York has shown these last two seasons the quality in their team and how tough they are to play at home, but we're looking to replicate our form on the road from the Spring and come away with a positive result.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

Referee: Mark Allatin

Asst 1: TJ Zablocki / Asst 2: Joseph Zawistowski

4th: Justen Lopez

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New York Cosmos 1 San Antonio Scorpions 3

New York Cosmos 0 San Antonio Scorpions 1

NYCvSAS

A first-half brace by midfielder Rafael Castillo helped lift the San Antonio Scorpions to a 3-1 win over the New York Cosmos in the opening match of the North American Soccer League fall season Saturday night at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium in front of 3,806 spectadors.

In the loss, the Cosmos matched the amount of goals conceded in the entire spring season, while San Antonio won its fifth straight road match in NASL play.

Referee Allen Chapman pointed to the spot after Castillo was knocked down in the box by Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, who dived to his left and got a hand on the Colombian midfielder’s attempt. But it went in off the post to put the visitors in front, 1-0, in the 41st minute.

Castillo netted his second goal in the second minute of first-half stoppage time when he lashed a free kick off the undersize of crossbar, the post and in to give San Antonio a two-goal halftime lead.

Hunter Freeman pulled the Cosmos back a goal in the 57th minute, blasting a 26-yard free kick over the Scorpions wall and into the side netting.

The fullback nearly leveled the match, but his lob from 35 yards sailed just over the crossbar in the 63rd minute.

Seconds later, Maurer was again pressed into action after a defensive miscue from Ayoze gave Walter Restrepo an open header in front of goal. But the Cosmos keeper made a critical reactionary save.

San Antonio regained its two-goal advantage in the 69th minute when Sainey Touray ran onto a ball by Billy Forbes and chipped it over Maurer, who was off his line, to put the Scorpions in front, 3-1.

"Obviously it’s a huge win," said Scorpions coach Alen Marcina. "I’m proud of the guys; they stuck to the plan, they executed. We had some fantastic goals –both teams. All the goals tonight were a pleasure to see. I think the fans got a treat, obviously maybe not the way they wanted it to go, but I’m proud of my guys and it’s positive moving forward.”