Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4502
  • Date13 Sep 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
  • Kick Off07:00 PM EDT
W L D D W
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 3
V
L D L W L
Atlanta Silverbacks 2
Atlanta Silverbacks

M. Stokkelien1'

S. Guenzatti9'

D. Szetela84'

16'J. Sandoval

59'P. Cruz

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

NYCvATL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: ONE World Sports

 

Current third-place holders in the NASL Combined Standings, New York Cosmos host the Atlanta Silverbacks at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in a rematch of last year’s NASL Soccer Bowl.  The defending NASL Champion Cosmos are coming off a 2-0 victory over the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers last week, while the Silverbacks, who are five points from the last qualifying spot to The Championship, dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Indy Eleven.  New York has not lost to Atlanta in five overall matches (including the 2013 Soccer Bowl).  The last meeting between the two teams took place last month at Atlanta Silverbacks Park with the Cosmos posting a 2-1 win.  Following an almost four hour weather delay, goals from forward Andres Flores and midfielder Marcos Senna gave New York the victory on August 9.

 

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

                                                                                 

Recognition:

NYC-Carlos Mendes, Danny Mwanga (Team of the Week-9)

ATL-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

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

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Pablo Cruz, Blair Gavin (3)

 

Suspension:

NYC-Ayoze

 

Series:

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

At Cosmos: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 5 GF/1 GA (+4 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 6 GF/1 GA (+5 GD)

Last Meeting: August 9, 2014 at Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 1-2 Cosmos

 

Coaches quotes:

“We are pleased to have earned three points this past weekend after a mature performance from our players. Every game coming up is a final for us and our players are working very hard preparing for each match. We are prepared to put in the maximum effort again this weekend against Atlanta.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“While it was really unfortunate to lose here at home to Indianapolis, there were some good things that came out of the game. There are some rhythms within the game that we're going to try to correct, but we still like the way we've been playing. So we're not going to totally scrap what we've been doing.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith

 

Referee: Robert Sibiga

Asst 1: Scott Kachmarik

Asst 2: Sin Hang Lai

4th: Kenneth Koopmans

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New York Cosmos 3 Atlanta Silverbacks 2

Midfielder Danny Szetela struck six minutes from full time to lift the host New York Cosmos to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

NYCvATL

Midfielder Danny Szetela struck six minutes from full time to lift the host New York Cosmos to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

The crowd of 4,502 saw the Cosmos raced out to a two-goal lead inside the opening 10 minutes, but saw the Silverbacks rally to tie the score in the second half.

Against the run of play, Szetela netted the winner after Hans Denissen couldn’t pull the trigger on a cross by forward Jemal Johnson. The midfielder latched onto the ball and scored from 12 yards out.

It took forward Mads Stokkelien just 41 seconds to give the Cosmos a lead, knocking in a cross by defender Hunter Gorskie with his heel from the edge of the six-yard box.

Midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti doubled the Cosmos lead on nine minutes, powerfully heading in a forward David Diosa cross from six yards out.

Guenzatti nearly had a brace when he latched onto a midifelder Marcos Senna free kick off the Atlanta wall. But his shot was well wide of the net in the 14th minute.

Atlanta pulled within a goal in the 16th minute when midfielder Junior Sandoval put in a rebound after defender Edgar Espinoza’s header was knocked off the post by goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck, filling in for injured starter Jimmy Maurer.

Seconds earlier, forward Jaime Chavez snuck in behind the Cosmos defense, rounded Zobeck and fired at the open net. But Cosmos' defender Carlos Mendes came to the rescue with a sliding clearance.

Atlanta leveled in the 59th minute when Zobeck spilled defender Ryan Roushandel’s free kick and midfielder Pablo Cruz turned and slid his shot inside the far post.

Chavez almost put the Silverbacks in front in the 78th minute, but his screamer from 20 yards was just wide.

Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarse commented after the game: "At the beginning it looked like it was going to be an easier game, the way it started. I think we became a little bit too comfortable after we found the two goals early and then we got into a little trouble and we allowed them to get that goal; we weren’t marking well in the box. But then we showed a lot of character to be able to win the game. Besides the goal that we scored at the end I felt that the guys really battled an Atlanta team that was throwing everything forward. Our guys did a very good job and at the end we won a very, very important game today.”