Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3928
  • Date23 Aug 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 1
Minnesota United FC 1
Minnesota United FC

M. Stokkelien74'

8'C. Ramirez

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs Minnesota United FC



TV: ESPN3; ONE World Sports


NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC, who already secured its berth into ‘The Championship,’ will aim to extend its current 10-game unbeaten streak as they visit last year’s Soccer Bowl winners – New York Cosmos – at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in the NASL’s ‘Match Of The Week’ on ESPN3.  Minnesota’s last and only defeat in 2014 was against New York during the Spring Campaign when a goal from midfielder Marcos Senna gave the hosts a 1-0 win at James M. Shuart Stadium on May 12.  Cosmos, who are currently third in the NASL Combined Standings (Spring/Fall), are coming off 3-1 loss on the road against Tampa Bay Rowdies last week, while league-leaders United posted a 5-1 home victory over Indy Eleven.  New York has won all three previous encounters against Minnesota.


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




MNU-Christian Ramirez (Player of the Week-6); Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas, Jamie Watson (Team of the Week-6)


Stats leaders:

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

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (12); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)



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

At Cosmos: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses — 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

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

Last Meeting: May 12, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 1-0 United


Coaches quotes:

“We have a very big challenge ahead of us this weekend against Minnesota, the league leaders. This is a crucial game for us and we can’t wait to play it.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“They're (New York) a very good team, they're defending champions and I think that is something we are aware of. Every game is important and this one is obviously going to be important for them because of where they are on the table. They've had our number in very close games the last couple of times, so we're going to do our best to prepare well for a big week.” – United coach Manny Lagos


Referee: Mark Allatin

Asst 1: Joseph Zawistowski

Asst 2: Aldi Kuri

4th: Ernie Constantine


New York Cosmos 1 Minnesota United FC 1

Playing with 10 players for over 80 minutes, the host New York Cosmos held the NASL leading Minnesota United FC to a 1-1 draw in front of 3,928 spectators at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.


Playing with 10 players for over 80 minutes, the host New York Cosmos held the NASL leading Minnesota United FC to a 1-1 draw in front of 3,928 spectators at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening. 

The visitors, who extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games, found themselves up a goal and up a man early on when Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer was shown a straight red in the 6th minute for a tackle in the box, and Minnesota United’s leading scorer Christian Ramirez stepped up to score the resulting penalty in the 8th minute.

Minnesota didn’t sit back after their early goal, and they used their man advantage to nearly double the lead on 18 minutes through midfielder Jamie Watson. Cosmos backup goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck had to race off his line to clear the danger.

Despite going down a man early, the Cosmos grew as the game progressed, and nearly equalized in the 20th minute through striker Andrés Flores. The Isidro Metapán loanee found himself one on one with Minnesota goalkeeper Matt VanOekel, but the United stalwart was able to make the save.

The Cosmos started the second half even better than they ended the first, often making it look like it was Minnesota who was playing down a man. Their first great chance of the second half came to Hagop Chirishian, who was in on goal in the 56th minute, but had his effort denied by the outstretched hand of VanOekel.

VanOekel had no time to catch his breath. Stefan Dimitrov found himself in a similar situation to Chirishian just two minutes later, with the Minnesota keeper once again making the save.

New York finally had something to show for their pressure when substitute Mads Stokkelien poked home a low cross from close range in the 74th minute. If New York was satisfied with a point, they certainly didn’t show it. The 10 men continued to keep up the pressure, and had a very strong penalty claim turned aside in the 79th minute when Andrés Flores appeared to get bowled over in the box.

A minute later Hunter Freeman struck the post from long range, after VanOekel found himself stranded outside of his area. Both teams claimed a point in the end, with neither side available to find a late winner.

“Tonight was a big game for both teams, I’m proud of the way our guys battled a man down," said Cosmos coach, Giovanni Savarese.  "If we play like that the rest of the season we’ll be very hard to beat.”

United coach Manny Lagos also commented after the game: "I thought we played well after the goal for the next ten to fifteen minutes.  I don't think we lost the plot I think mentally we didn't adjust to playing up a man. We absorbed too much stress thinking about being up a man and how we should play. Give credit to the Cosmos to playing well down a man, but at the end of the day we earned a point on the road."