Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance-
  • Date25 Oct 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
  • Kick Off07:30 PM EDT
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos -
Tampa Bay Rowdies -
Tampa Bay Rowdies

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