Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance8565
  • Date25 Oct 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies

H. Chirishian27'


25'E. Frimpong

90'E. Frimpong

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies



TV: ONE World Sports


A 40-year-old rivalry that was rebooted during the NASL Modern Era when the defending Soccer Bowl champion New York Cosmos host the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  Since 2013, the clubs have met four times with Cosmos leading the series over the Rowdies.  The last meeting between the two teams was on August 16, when goals from defenders Tamika Mkandawire, Blake Wagner and midfielder Keith Savage gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 home victory at Al Lang Stadium.  The Cosmos, who have already secured a spot into The Championship, are coming off a scoreless draw against host Minnesota United FC last week.  Meanwhile, the Rowdies, who have an eight-game winless streak, drew 1-1 last weekend on the road against the Atlanta Silverbacks.


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



NYC-Hunter Freeman (Team of the Week-15)



Stats leaders:

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

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (9); Assists – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov, Keith Savage, Blake Wagner (3)



NYC-Carlos Mendes, Danny Szetala; TBR-Georgi Hristov



NASL Head-to-Head: (4 meetings): Cosmos 2 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss – 8 GF/6 GA (+2 GD)

At Cosmos: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss— 4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: August 16, 2014 at Al Lang Stadium — Rowdies 3-1 Cosmos


Coaches quotes:

“Every time we have played against Tampa Bay it has been a very good game. I don’t expect anything less. I know they don’t have any possibility to make the postseason but nevertheless, I think they’re still going to be very hungry to try to have a good match, to play for pride, and we expect them to be very difficult to play against.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“They are a very good team with very good coaches, so, you know it's a fantastic organization. We have a long running tradition for many, many years that we have to uphold. We have a series at stake here. We won one game and New York has beaten us the other game. Now, we go to their home ground hoping to go there and get a victory." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill


Referee: Ted Unkel

Asst 1: Sin Hang Lai

Asst 2: Alexandru Focea

4th: Matthew Mercier



New York Cosmos 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2

The New York Cosmos and the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 2-2 draw in front of 8,565 spectators at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.


The New York Cosmos and the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 2-2 draw in front of 8,565 spectators at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening.

Tampa Bay midfielder Evans Frimpong gave the Rowdies a lead in the 25th minute, but it was very short-lived. Two minutes later, midfielder Hagop Chirishian capitalized on a Rowdies defensive mistake to pull the Cosmos level.

Midfielder Darel Russell delivered a free kick from far out in the right channel, but the diminutive Frimpong outleaped New York goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer to head it into the net and give the Rowdies a 1-0 lead. It was Frimpong’s first goal of the season.

Chirishian was the beneficiary of a failed pass in the Rowdies’ defensive ranks in the 27th minute, racing onto the ball and running to the endline before finding space to shoot between Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens and his near post to score for New York.

The Cosmos could easily have taken a lead in the 43rd minute, but forward Danny Mwanga missed a tap-in from close range.

The second half got off to a quick start as midfielder Marcos Senna gave the Cosmos the lead off a perfectly executed free kick. Goalkeeper Matt Pickens dove left in search of getting a touch on the shot but there was nothing he could do. 

Minutes later, the Rowdies would have a chance of their own with a Shriver header but goalkeeper Maurer was quick to get to the ball and avoid the equalizer. It was the Cosmos who nearly doubled their lead in the 62nd minute, when Stokkelien redirected a cross from the right flank. His touch went off the far post and traveled across the goalline until Rowdies defender Jordan Gafa cleared it out of the box.

The match became very physical as the play continued but it would be the Rowdies who created several chances in the final minutes of play. Second-half substitute Lucky Mkosana had two chances in the span of one minute, starting with a shot just inside the 18-yard box that was saved by Maurer. On the ensuing corner kick, the Zimbabwe native had yet another shot, this time it went over the bar and out for a goal kick.

Seconds after the fourth official signaled four minutes of added time, Frimpong found his second goal of the match, capitalizing on a Maurer error. The Cosmos goalkeeper was able to clear the initial cross but the ball immediately was sent back into the heart of the box.  Maurer misplayed the bouncing ball and Frimpong was their to prounce on the rebound and equalize it for the visiting team.

Both sides finished with 10 players each after both Russell and Senna were sent off respectively, during stoppage time.

"We wanted to finish strong this season," said Cosmos coach, Giovanni Savarese.  "We want to try to win every game as we always say. Every game for us is important and we wanted to get the win of course and get three more points, but I was very content with the performance today of the team. I think it was one of the best games we have played so far this year."