Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3830
  • Date28 Sep 14
  • VenueClarke Field
FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 1
NY Cosmos 1
NY Cosmos

O. Ameobi62'

51'D. Szetela

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs New York Cosmos

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs New York Cosmos





FC Edmonton aims to continue its winning streak at Clarke Stadium, which currently at four games, when it host last year’s NASL Soccer Bowl champion, New York Cosmos.  The Eddies, who are four points from the final spot into The Championship, is coming off a 1-0 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies last Sunday.  Meanwhile, the Cosmos, who are third in the NASL Combined Standings, dropped a 5-4 decision to the host Carolina RailHawks last Saturday.  New York has a slight lead the head-to-head series against Edmonton, however the Canadian club has held the defending league champions to draws in three of the four encounters.  The last time both teams met ended in a scoreless draw on August 6, at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.


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



FCE-Lance Laing, Mallan Roberts (Team of the Week-11)



Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce, Lance Laing (6); Assists – Lance Laing (5)

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (7); Assists – Hans Denissen, Mads Stokkelien (3)



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

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

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

Last Meeting: August 6, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 0-0 Eddies


Coaches quotes:

“Anytime Gio (Savarese) brings his team to Edmonton, we’ve had real tough games and I expect the same on Sunday. We’re hoping that the crowd comes back this Sunday to get behind us and cheer us on. We have to be at our very best to get the result, but last Sunday, I was very pleased with the way we played and I hope that this form will continue.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“FC Edmonton is a team that has been playing very well lately and this game will be a big challenge for our team – but one that we’re looking forward to. Our previous games with Edmonton have always been very tightly contested and I expect a similar type of game this Sunday.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese


Referee: Robert Schaap

Asst 1: Chris Wattam

Asst 2: Michael Barwegen

4th: Dereck Illingworth


FC Edmonton 1 New York Cosmos 1

FC Edmonton and the visiting New York Cosmos played to a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 3,830 at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.


FC Edmonton and the visiting New York Cosmos played to a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 3,830 at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Midfielder Danny Stezela scored six minutes into the second half, but forward Tomi Ameobi equalized 11 minutes later as the New York Cosmos and FC Edmonton played to a 1-1 draw in a North American Soccer League fall season match at Clarke Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Defender Hunter Freeman played a near-post corner that was flicked on by forward Mads Stokkelien. Szetela latched on to head home the game’s first goal in the 51st minute.

FC Edmonton equalized in the 62nd minute when a ball was headed to Ameobi, who scored the tying goal following a scramble in front of goal.

Ameobi nearly added a second goal in the 68th minute, but his lobbed ball caromed off the crossbar.

Four minutes from full time, goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer did well to tip a dangerous ball served in by midfielder Hanson Boakai off the crossbar and out for an Edmonton corner.

In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, defender Kareem Moses dribbled through three Cosmos players and put a shot on target that didn’t trouble Maurer much.

With the draw, the Cosmos moved one point in front of Tampa Bay Rowdies into sole possession of fifth place in the fall season standings. FC Edmonton moved level with third-place Carolina.

The Cosmos had more of the ball and better scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes. Forward Jemal Johnson was particularly effective, utilizing his pace to set up a pair of opportunities by Stokkelien in the opening 20 minutes.

However Stokkelien, who has four goals in the last five games, had a glancing header saved by FC Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker in the 11thminute and then nodded the ball wide of the net five minutes later.

The Eddies best chance of the first half came in the 27th minute, but Lance Laing directed his free kick from the top corner of the 18-yard box directly at Maurer.

Two minutes later, Szetela played a downward header back in front of goal following a Freeman corner kick, but an Edmonton defender blocked midfielder Hagop Chirishian’s attempted bicycle kick.

In the 34th minute, Szetela had a go from distance, but Parker did well to tip it over the bar for a Cosmos corner kick.

Stokkelien latched onto another Freeman corner five minutes from halftime, but his flicked header was cleared off the line by defender Mallan Roberts for another corner.

 “Yes I thought we did a good job in the first half," said Cosmos coach, Giovanni Savarese.  "The second half, we knew the challenges we were going to have. With the wind against, and especially with fast players, James and Laing, they were going to try to find those spaces in behind. Nevertheless, I thought we should have closed them a little bit quicker. Unfortunately, little bit of misconcentration allowed them to come from behind and tie. We could have done a little bit more this game and it is always a difficult game when we come to Edmonton.” 

FC Edmonton coach, Colin Miller also commented after the game: “It’s disappointing. I actually thought we could have been better in the first half because I saw weaknesses there that we didn’t expose. We defended for the most part very well up until the half. But, we showed tremendous character to come back into it. Again, it’s the New York Cosmos you are playing against. They are well-prepared and they got very good players. I’m very proud of the second half effort and the quality. I’m disappointed that we didn’t win of course, but really pleased with the response after the halftime.”