Preview: New York Cosmos host Minnesota United

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The New York Cosmos host Minnesota United at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Cosmos broke a two month winless streak this past Sunday, taking down Fort Lauderdale 2-0 at Shuart Stadium. The win propelled New York from the Fall cellar back to mid table status at seventh place (1-2-1, 5 pts.). Minnesota, meanwhile, have found their form, garnering eight points in five matches (2-2-1) this Fall season behind the red-hot Christian Ramirez. In fact, the club is undefeated in four matches heading into Uniondale — and just five points from the top spot in the combined table.


 

PROJECTED STARTING XI:

New York Cosmos (4-2-3-1): Maurer; Freeman, Roversio, Caceres, Diosa; Moffat, Senna; Flores, Raul, Fernandes; Stokkelein

Minnesota United (4-5-1): Ndjock; Venegas, Calvano, Kallman, Davis; Mendes, Jordan, Juliano, Ibson, Alhassan; Ramirez

HISTORY/LAST ENCOUNTER: Cosmos lead the series 3-3-0, shutting out United three times and never losing to the Loons. They last played May 30th in Blaine; a 1-1 result.

BATTLE TO WATCH: Roversio vs. Ramirez. Roversio has been training consistently with the club, and with Mendes needing some rest, the Brazilian center back should be set for a return against one of the hottest strikers in the NASL.

X-FACTOR: Attendance. While this will be billed as a “nationally televised” NASL game of the week, the fact is the New York Cosmos will feel anything but at home. Attendance has been lagging again this Spring season as it did last year. With a vapid atmosphere expected at Shuart, Minnesota may be able to quell any home advantage at Hofstra.


ANALYSIS:

The Cosmos are certainly buoyed by their performance against Fort Lauderdale this past Sunday. Building on it will be a difficult task against an in-form United side.

Forward Christian Ramirez is coming fresh off of an NASL Player of the Month run that has seen him score for the Loons in each of their last four matches. It is no coincidence that his run has also led Minnesota to scoring over three goals in three of their last five matches.

On the other side of the equation, United have allowed seven in their past two games; an astronomical amount by any account. While the Cosmos haven’t scored in bunches this Fall, they do pack a mighty offensive punch, trailing only Ottawa Fury in total shots.

New York will certainly look different from their usual deployment in this, their second of three matches over a seven day span. Expect key players to get a much needed rest; amongst them, Carlos Mendes, and possibly Raul. United will also be feeling the crunch of a condensed schedule, looking ahead to Edmonton this weekend.

With both sides likely to produce unpredictable changes, expect home field to play in the Cosmos favor, extending their winning ways to two matches in a row.

Prediction: 1-0 Cosmos

 

  • terry

    Attendance problems are a direct result of Cosmos very poor marketing..If the marketing was as positive as the on the field workings there would not be such a problem.

    • The realist

      Being located in Hempstead away from mass reansit isn’t helping either.

      • smurf040

        I’am probably one of the most loyal Cosmos fan out there and I have followed them since the 70″s, and again in their re-boot. But the sad reality is if they don’t get a stadium soon, they might as well call it quits! A quality team needs a quality stadium they can call home. I truly believe in the saying, “build it, and they will come”. But if they don’t,,, the future looks bleak.

  • proud to be plastic

    why isn’t Wright playing at all?

  • red eye

    Minnesota vs cosmos sounds like an mls game.
    Two teams that should be in mls.

  • Dan L

    1 team will be in MLS soon, the other one can’t draw enough fan interest or develop any top players to warrant it.

  • John

    Guess the attendance for tonight’s game – 2,405