Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4411
  • Date11 Oct 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 2
Ottawa Fury FC 1
Ottawa Fury FC

D. Díaz43'

H. Chirishian90'

58'T. Heinemann

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Ottawa Fury FC

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Ottawa Fury FC



TV: ONE World Sports                       

Radio: OTT – TSN 1200


The defending NASL champions New York Cosmos continue their home stand when they take on Ottawa Fury FC at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  The Cosmos, who are in the third place in the Combined Standings, played to a scoreless draw last week against visiting Indy Eleven.  Meanwhile, the Fury, who are unbeaten in their last four road games, are coming off a 1-1 draw against the host San Antonio Scorpions last weekend.  This is the third meeting between the two sides with the Cosmos having won the last two by the same scores of 1-0 this year.  The previous encounter took place during the 2014 Fall Season opening weekend as an NASL record crowd, in the modern era, of 14,593 at TD Place witness midfielder Sebástian Guenzatti notched the game-winner for the visiting Cosmos over Fury FC on July 20.


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



NYC-Andres Flores (Team of the Week-13)

OTT-Vini Dantas, Mason Trafford (Team of the Week-13)


Stats leaders:

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

OTT-Goals – Oliver (6); Assists – Vini Dantas, Tony Donatelli, Oliver, Richie Ryan, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (3)



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

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

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

Last Meeting: July 20, 2014 at TD Place — Fury 0-1 Cosmos


Coaches quotes:

“At this point of the season, every game is crucial for us. Ottawa is a quality team that has grown as the year has progressed and achieved some very good results lately. We’ll need to be prepared for a very competitive match.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“Our dreams of reaching the postseason will be determined in a major way Saturday night in New York. We know that a loss would virtually eliminate this dream, but we are confident that we have the right mentality and character to keep our dream alive for another week. If you want to be among the top teams in any league, you have to be able to take points off the top teams – that is our objective on Saturday.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos


Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald

Asst 1: Emilie Buse

Asst 2: Logan Brown

4th:  Stephen Danisi



New York Cosmos 2 Ottawa Fury FC 1

Midfielder Hagop Chirishian’s first goal with the New York Cosmos becomes the game-winner as the host topped visiting Ottawa Fury FC, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 4,411 at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.


Midfielder Hagop Chirishian’s first goal with the New York Cosmos becomes the game-winner as the host topped visiting Ottawa Fury FC, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 4,411 at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.

Chirishian, who subbed onto the pitch just four minutes prior, scored off his thigh in the 93rd minute from five yards out after defender Hunter Freeman cross gave the Cosmos the win.
The game saw 10 yellow cards split between both sides, – seven on Ottawa – a red card to the Fury's forward Tom Heinemann  and Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese (in 76th minute).
Down at halftime, Heinemann equalized for Ottawa Fury with a sliding touch from six yards out in the 58th minute. Defender O’Brien Woodbine sprayed a ball out wide that midfielder Philippe Davies played into the box with his first touch and Heinemann finished the move with a first touch of his own.
The Fury’s goal was coming with a warning signal a minute before. With the ball bouncing in the Cosmos box, it fell to defender Mason Trafford, but Cosmos defender Carlos Mendes was able to put in a crucial block.
New York midfielder Danny Szetela had a great chance to score after receiving a ball over the top from Freeman in the 63rd minute. However, Fury goalkeeper Romuald Peiser raced off his goal line and made the save with his foot.
It was Cosmos forward Mads Stokkelien’s turn to be played through on goal from a lofted pass by second half substitute Hans Denissen. However, Stokkelien skied his effort over the cross bar in the 71st minute.
Six minutes later it was the Fury coming close. Midfielder Nicki Paterson’s half volley from just outside the box from a Heinemann header was just over the bar. 
Denissen had a chance in the 85th minute, but once again the Cosmos sent their effort high. Ottawa defender Omar Jarun blocked Denissen’s attempt from 12 yards out two minutes into stoppage time. 
Ottawa thought they may have had a winner in the 89th minute through midfielder Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, but once again the Fury had a goal ruled out for offside.
The Fury were reduced to 10 men in the game’s final moments as Heinemann was sent off with a second yellow card after the Cosmos game-winner.
Forward Diomar Diaz’s header from six yards out from Szetela’s cross in the 43rd minute of play gave the Cosmos the lead. It was Diaz’s first goal of the season. 
The visitors started brightly finding two early chances to test the Cosmos backline. Tony Donatelli’s free-kick in the fifth minute was headed wide at the far post by Jarun. A minute later Oliver found space on the left side, but Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer saved the attempt on goal.
The Cosmos found their footing and their first chance in the game’s 10th minute. After Ayoze’s cross was headed away by the Fury defense, but not out of danger. Stokkelien sent a volley from the right side of the box, but sent it well high over the bar.
Cosmos forward Danny Mwanga’s cross seven minutes later was into a dangerous are that forced Pesier to parry away.
In the 22nd minute the Cosmos had two chances to score. Freeman’s cross fell to defender Ayoze, but Jarun blocked the shot.  Diaz followed up the rebound, but Jarun made a second block to clear away.
From Davies cross, Jarun sent the ball across the face of the goal for Heinemann to slot in to an empty net. However, the goal was called back due to Jarun being in an offside position in the 24th minute.
Donatelli took a chance from distance, but his shot was right at Maurer for an easy save three minutes later. 

"It was a game where we had to fight a lot; it was a difficult game," said Savarese. "I felt the substitutions made a good contribution into the game. [Hans] Denissen was very good, he played some very good through balls and almost scored a goal. Jemal [Johnson] was dangerous every time that he attacked the space and created dangerous situations and Hagop [Chirishian] finding a goal in the last second of the game was tremendous for us. It was a game that was a must-win at home and we got the three points that we needed.”