Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5817
  • Date18 Oct 14
  • VenueNational Sports Center Stadium
  • Kick Off08:00 PM EDT
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Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: Minnesota United FC vs. New York Cosmos

MNUvsNYC

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: MNU-KSTC-45

 

The NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC, who already secured its berth into The Championship, will be playing its second game in four days when they host the New York Cosmos at NSC Stadium. Current league leader Minnesota is coming off a 3-2 win over the host Tampa Bay Rowdies this past Wednesday, while New York, who is third in the Combined Standings, posted a 2-1 home victory last Saturday against Ottawa Fury FC.  The Cosmos are undefeated against United, winning three of four encounters.  The last meeting between the two sides took place on August 23, and ended in a 1-1 draw at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  Forward Christian Ramirez penalty kick goal gave Minnesota the lead in the first half, but the Cosmos equalized in the second stanza with a tally from forward Mads Stokkelien.

 

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

 

Recognition:

MNU-N/A

NYC-Diomar Díaz, Rovérsio (Team of the Week-14)

 

Stats leaders:

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (19); Assists – Miguel Ibarra, Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas (5)

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

 

Suspension:

NYC-Giovanni Savarese (coach)

 

Series:

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

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

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

Last Meeting: August 23, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 1-1 United

 

Coaches quotes:

“It’s our third game in seven days - we have to step on the field and play the way we’ve been playing all year, which is confidently and with a sharpness that overwhelms teams. It's important for us, this weekend, to make sure that we let the Cosmos know that we are at the top of the table for a reason and that we're going to make this game hard for them, make this environment and this our home field, make it hard for them to come here and play." – United coach Manny Lagos.

“We know that Minnesota will provide a difficult challenge for us on the road this weekend as always. I’m very pleased with the way our guys are playing at the moment and believe we are prepared for this test.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

 

Referee: Younes Marrakchi

Asst 1: Jorge OConitrillo

Asst 2: Bryce Bocklin

4th: Haroun Elayed

 

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Minnesota United FC 0 New York Cosmos 0

Minnesota United secured home-field advantage in the postseason and extended its home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against the New York Cosmos. Christian Ramirez missed a penalty kick late in the second half that could've won the match for United and secured the Fall Championship.

nycvsmin

Minnesota United secured home-field advantage in the postseason and extended its home unbeaten streak to 13 games with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against the New York Cosmos. Christian Ramirez missed a penalty kick late in the second half that could've won the match for United and secured the Fall Championship.

"I thought it was a bit of a stalemate in the first half, and I thought the rest of the half we were the ones creating some great chances," said United coach Manny Lagos. "In the second half we had the majority of chances again. I'm sure Christian would want to have that penalty kick back, but ultimately the defense played well and earned the shutout, so overall we're pleased."

The first half ended scoreless, but not for a lack of excitement. Yellow cards were given to both sides for some very physical play. Within a span of six minutes, Daniel Szetela, Greg Jordan, and Justin Davis were all booked for various fouls, all of which required some extra words from the officials to calm the players down.

United had several chances to go ahead with plays set up by midfielder and U.S. National Team player Miguel Ibarra, but stellar goalkeeping by Jimmy Maurer and a goal-line clearance by Hunter Freeman kept the match level.

The physical play continued in the second half, culminating in the lone red card of the match. Michael Reed headed a ball in for teammate Christian Ramirez as he ran towards the Cosmos goal. New York defender Carlos Mendes knocked Ramirez down in the penalty area, earning his ejection from the match in the 85th minute. Ramirez then stepped up to take the penalty awarded to Minnesota after the foul. The League-leading striker forced Maurer the wrong way but missed the net wide right.