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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance6225
  • Date04 Oct 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 0
Indy Eleven 0
Indy Eleven

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Indy Eleven

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Indy Eleven



TV: ONE World Sports


The defending NASL champions New York Cosmos return home to take on Indy Eleven at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  The Cosmos, who are in the third place in the Combined Standings, played to a 1-1 draw last Sunday at FC Edmonton, while Indy dropped a 1-0 decision to the visiting Carolina RailHawks this past Saturday.  Both sides are meeting for the third time in 2014 with the last two encounters ending in draws.  The previous match-up between the two clubs took place at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium and ended in a 2-2 tie on August 30.  First half goals from forwards David Diosa and Mads Stokkelien gave the Cosmos a 2-0 lead, however Indy responded with second half tallies by forward Mike Ambersley and midfielder Jermaine Johnson.


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



NYC-Carlos Mendes, Danny Szetela (Team of the Week-12)



Stats leaders:

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (7); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (4)

IND-Goals – Kléberson (8); Assists – Mike Ambersley (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos/Indy 0 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses — 3 GF/3 GA (0)

At Cosmos: (1 meeting): Cosmos/Indy 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 1 GF/1 GA (0)

This Year: (2 meetings): Cosmos/Indy 0 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses — 3 GF/3 GA (0)

Last Meeting: August 30, 2014 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium — Indy 2-2 Cosmos


Coaches quotes:

“This weekend we are beginning a crucial late season home stand. Indy Eleven has proven to us twice this year that they are a quality team and better than their record shows. We’ll need to be prepared for a tough challenge.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“We've shown a lot of character coming back twice to gain a point against New York already this season, and the guys will come out with that same fighting spirit against the Cosmos this weekend. With our position in the standings there's no reason to come out cautious on the road.  We'll have plenty of motivation to pick up the full three points and win the season series against the defending champs.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer


Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

Asst 1: Justen Lopez

Asst 2: Brian Dipaolo

4th: Jorge Ramirez


New York Cosmos 0 Indy Eleven 0

The host New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven played to a scoreless draw in front of 6,225 spectators at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.


The host New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven played to a scoreless draw in front of 6,225 spectators at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

It was the third consecutive draw with Indy Eleven this season.

With former Spanish international star Raul, who is reportedly in negotiation with the Cosmos, watching from a luxury box, the Cosmos carried play for much of the second half.

With a stiff wind at their backs, the opportunities were early and plentiful for the Cosmos after halftime. Four minutes into the second half, a low cross from the left by Mads Stokkelien went begging, just missing a sliding Danny Mwanga.

In the 51st minute, Andres Flores received a pass from Marcos Senna, took a touch into the box and put a low shot from 14 yards out on frame, but Indy goalkeeper Kristian Nicht kicked it away for a corner.

Two minutes later, Ayoze took a low free kick from the top of the 18-yard box, but it was parried away by Nicht, who dived to his right, before it was cleared out for a corner.

Nicht also got a hand on another free kick, this by Hunter Freeman from the left edge of the box, and pushed it over the bar for a corner.

A blind back pass by Carlos Mendes to Jimmy Maurer nearly resulted in the game’s first goal in the 64th minute. Maurer and Victor Pineda both slid for the ball at the top of the 18-yard box. It caromed out to Dylan Mares, whose shot at the open net was off target.

In the 76th minute, Senna’s free kick from 35 yards took a deflection before Nicht saved it. Stokkelien’s rebound was blocked by an Indy defender. 

Five minutes from full time, Stefan Dimitrov latched onto a whipped in free kick by Ayoze, but the glancing header was wide of the far post.

Four minutes into second-half stoppage time, Freeman hammered a volley following an attempted clearance from 22 yards, but it was right at Nicht.

Despite playing the final three minutes and six additional minutes of stoppage time up a man after Mike Ambersley went off with a possible concussion and Indy used its allotment of substitutions, the Cosmos were unable to find the goal.

Indy Eleven had a pair of chances in the opening 10 minutes, but Sergio Pena put a glancing header from the edge of the six wide of the net following a corner in the fourth minute.

Maurer then came off his line to take the ball off the foot of Charlie Rugg, who made a darting run following a Cosmos turnover four minutes later.

Flores had two chances in a two-minute span, but the Salvadoran midfielder was unable to find the back of the net.

In the 11th minute, Flores attacked the space and played a nifty give-and-go with Mwanga, but his header from 11 yards was off target.

In the 13th minute, Diomar Diaz played Flores behind the defense, but after taking a touch past Nicht, his shot on frame was cleared off the line by Indy defender Kyle Hyland.

In the 20th minute, Danny Szetela sent a cross to the edge of the six, but Stokkelien mishit his attempt and it went wide.

Two minutes later, Rugg had an ambitious effort from nearly midfield with Maurer off his line, but the long-distance lob was over the net.

"I think in the second half we created a lot of chances," said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese. "I think what we were missing most today was the ability to capitalize on those chances that we had. I felt, especially in the second half, we did a lot of good, things, we played with high intensity. In the first half, I felt that we started a little bit casual and we just didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had.”

Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer also commented after the game: "I think there is quite a good little rivalry building here with us in New York. We knew what we were coming against: a very strong, physical team, well organized, well-coached. We knew it was going to be a battle form the start. It was a pretty physical game here. It was a good contest for us. We are pleased with a point on the road."