Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3626
  • Date06 Sep 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
  • Kick Off07:00 PM EDT
D W L D D
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 2
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D W D L W
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

D. Mwanga17'

Senna30'

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

NYCvFTL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: ONE World Sports

 

A rivalry that began almost four decades ago - rebooted last year – and continues when the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos welcome the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  In the NASL’s modern era, the clubs have met four times with the Cosmos winning three of them.  The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at Lockhart Stadium on July 26. Currently in third-place in the NASL Combined Standings, the Cosmos are coming off a 2-2 draw against host Indy Eleven last Saturday.  Meanwhile, the Strikers, who are four points behind the Cosmos, earned a 2-0 victory over the visiting San Antonio Scorpions last Friday.

 

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

                                                                                 

Recognition:

NYC-Mads Stokkelien (Team of the Week-8)

FTL-Ivan Guerrero, Fafà Picault (Team of the Week-8)

 

Stats leaders:

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (5); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (3)

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (8); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

 

Suspension:

FTL-Aly Alberto Hassan

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (4 meetings): Cosmos 3 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 8 GF/2 GA (+6 GD)

At Cosmos: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses— 4 GF/1 GA (+3 GD)

Last Meeting: July 26, 2014 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 1-1 Cosmos

 

Coaches quotes:

“We are entering a critical stretch of games as we begin the second half of the Fall Season. It is crucial for us to re-establish our home field advantage starting this weekend against Fort Lauderdale – a very strong team that is playing well and making a run at us in the standings. We now need our results to match what we put into the game. I am very confident in our players that we will rise to the occasion.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“This game in New York will be a very tough test for our team. If we want to finish in the top four in the combined standings, we must get points in these crucial road games during the final stretch of the season. I'm confident that our team will be prepared to give a great effort when we take the field on Saturday night against the Cosmos.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

Asst 1: TJ Zablocki

Asst 2: David Bork

4th: Igor Gvozdik

 

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New York Cosmos 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0

Goals from forward Danny Mwanga and midfielder Marcos Senna gave the host New York Cosmos a 2-0 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.

NYCvFTL

Goals from forward Danny Mwanga and midfielder Marcos Senna gave the host New York Cosmos a 2-0 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.

The crowd of 3,626 saw the Cosmos snapped a three-game winless streak and earned three points at home for the first time during the 2014 NASL Fall campaign.

Defender Carlos Mendes latched onto Hunter Freeman’s cross and headed it back across the goal where Mwanga’s shot first deflected off Strikers defender Rafael Alves and then off Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Kamil Contofalsky before just crossing the goal line to give the Cosmos a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

It was Mwanga’s first goal in a Cosmos uniform and just the team’s third home goal of the fall campaign.

Senna doubled the Cosmos lead on the half hour, burying a penalty kick after Alves was ruled to handle the ball in the box by referee Jorge Gonzalez.

Senna’s second goal of the fall season gave the Cosmos their first two-goal lead at home since the spring opener against Atlanta on April 13.

The Cosmos first quality chance came in the 12th minute when Freeman’s free kick from the left deflected to the feet of Mendes at the edge of the six-yard box. But the Cosmos captain’s left-footed attempt was kicked away by Contofalsky.

Midfielder Danny Szetela nearly added a third goal in the 38th minute when he took a pass from Mads Stokkelien and blasted a shot from 16 yards that sailed just wide of the far post.

Mwanga came close to a brace in the waning seconds of first-half stoppage time when he put a downward header off a Freeman cross on target. But Contofalsky did well to parry away.

On the hour mark, Stokkelien had an open header inside the box, but he nodded the ball wide of the far post.

Fort Lauderdale threatened to pull a goal back in the 71st minute, but Jimmy Maurer parried away a shot by Darnell King, who had a step on his defender.

Five minutes later, midfielder Mark Anderson bounced a header on target, but again Maurer was there to collect it.

In the 90th minute, Maurer backtracked to push a glancing header by Stefan Antonijevic to secure his third clean sheet of the fall season.

Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese commented after the game: "I think we always had the confidence.  I think it was the three points that we needed more than anything else. We knew the importance of this game. The Strikers are direct competitors with us in the standings and they’re coming off some good results. I think tonight, the difference was our team was able to understand tactically what we needed to do and we performed very well.”