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Cosmos Travel to take on Tampa Bay Rowdies in NASL Match of the Week on ESPN 3

With four weeks remaining, all 10 clubs are still in contention for the in the 2014 North American Soccer League Spring Season Championship.  The Week 6 encounters are highlighted by an old NASL rivalry dating back almost four decades, when the defending champion New York Cosmos travel to take on Tampa Bay Rowdies in this week’s NASL ‘Match of the Week’ broadcast live on ESPN3 on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 pm ET.

Cosmos Celebrating/Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Cosmos Celebrating/Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

ESPN’s live, multi-screen sports network is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

Soccer fans around the world will also be able to ‘Watch Every Match Live’ throughout the 2014 North American Soccer League season including Week 6 venues of May 17 in Carolina, Indy, Minnesota, San Antonio and Tampa Bay at www.NASLLive.com.  The NASL extended the free subscription for this service through the remainder of the Spring Season.

Teams that continued their rivalry in the NASL’s modern era has the New York Cosmos (third-place) – Tampa Bay Rowdies (sixth) separated by just three points in 2014 Spring Standings.

“It’s a throwback to the ’70s and ’80s when we had a tremendous rivalry and soccer was blossoming in the states,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill on the NASL Match of the Week.  “It’s back to that now where we’re one of the major sports in the country.  There’s a lot of tradition between the Rowdies and Cosmos, so the beauty of being on ESPN3 is that the country gets to watch us again.”

Both clubs met twice in 2013, with the first encounter ending in a scoreless draw at Al Lang Stadium, however, the Cosmos won second match, 4-3, at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium last September.  New York came back from a 3-1 deficit and scored three times in the final 27 minutes for the victory.

Cosmos ended a two-game losing streak last week with a 1-0 win over visiting Minnesota United FC, while the Rowdies played to a 1-1 draw at Ottawa Fury FC.

“They’re the reigning champions,” Hill added.  “We’ve not amassed as many points as we would have liked to. We’re also aware that at Al Lang, we’ve given our fans something to cheer about and they’ve been tremendous as always, but we haven’t been able to go across the line and get all three points.”

This Saturday is an opportunity to play a side with more points than us at the moment. It should be fantastic.”

Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese commented on the upcoming encounter against Rowdies: “We took a lot of positives from the Minnesota match but we are still focusing on continuing to improve the team and making sure we can keep growing and growing as we get ready for Tampa.”

Story seen from a press release from the North American Soccer League

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