Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3842
  • Date09 Aug 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
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Atlanta Silverbacks
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E. Burgos12'

45'A. Flores

61'Senna

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. New York Cosmos

ATLvNYC

Webcast: NASLLive.com

 

Current third-place holders in the NASL Combined Table, New York Cosmos travel to face sixth-place Atlanta Silverbacks in a rematch of last year’s NASL Soccer Bowl (won by New York) at Silverbacks Park. Playing their second match in four days, the Cosmos are coming off a scoreless draw against visiting FC Edmonton on Wednesday, while, the Silverbacks earned a 4-2 win on the road against Indy Eleven last Saturday.  New York has not lost to Atlanta in four overall matches (including the 2013 Soccer Bowl).  The last meeting between the two teams was in the opening weekend of this past Spring Season where a pair of goals by defender Carlos Mendes and one each from forward Mads Stokkelien and defender Ayoze gave the host Cosmos won 4-0 at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on April 13.

 

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

 

Recognition:

ATL-Pablo Cruz, Junior Sandoval (Team of the Week-4)

NYC-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (7); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)

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

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (3 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 6 GF/1 GA (+5 GD)

At Silverbacks: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 4 GF/0 GA (+4 GD)

Last Meeting: April 13, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 4-0 Silverbacks

 

Coaches quotes:

“Even in the games they have lost, I think they dominated the possession. They look good with the ball at their feet, and it’s possible that they have just been a bit unlucky not to finish some of their chances. We’re going to try and exploit a few of the weaknesses that I noticed on film already, but there is no doubt that they’re a well-organized team. We’ll be prepared coming into Saturday’s game, and we look forward to minimizing their strengths and exploiting their weaknesses.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith

“Despite the result, I thought we played well on Wednesday. We created many chances and did everything but score so now it’s just a matter of finding the net this weekend in Atlanta. It is a Final for us.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

 

Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Asst 1: Aleksandar Zhelyakkov

Asst 2: Nick Uranga

4th: Brandon Adams

 

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Atlanta Silverbacks 1 New York Cosmos 2

Midfielder Marcos Senna scored on a perfectly struck free kick to lift the New York Cosmos to a 2-1 win over the 10-man Atlanta Silverbacks in a North American Soccer League Fall Season match at Silverback Park that had a weather delay of a little more than three-and-a-half hours Saturday night.

ATLvNYC

Midfielder Marcos Senna scored on a perfectly struck free kick to lift the New York Cosmos to a 2-1 win over the 10-man Atlanta Silverbacks in a North American Soccer League Fall Season match at Silverback Park that had a weather delay of a little more than three-and-a-half hours Saturday night.

The Cosmos, who rallied from an early 1-0 deficit, snapped a three-game winless streak with their first victory since a 1-0 win at Ottawa July 20 when the match finally ended early Sunday morning.

Senna curled a 29-yard free kick over the Atlanta wall and into the upper left corner of the net to give the Cosmos (2-2-2) a 2-1 lead in the 61stminute.

A wonder strike by Junior Burgos gave Atlanta (2-2-1) a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. The Silverbacks midfielder blasted a 35-yard free kick that eluded Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, who dived to his left in an attempt to make the save.

The match was delayed after 23 minutes and resumed a little after 11:30 p.m. ET

In the 41st minute, the Silverbacks were reduced to 10 men when Junior Sandoval was issued a straight red for his part in an altercation in front of the Cosmos bench.

The Cosmos goalless streak ended at 307 minutes when Ayoze played to Hagpop Chirishian, who eluded a pair of defenders with a darting run before sending the ball to the back post. Andres Flores was there to connect, sliding in to score his first goal in a Cosmos uniform.

It was the Cosmos first goal since a 1-1 draw with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on July 26.