The New York Cosmos (2-1-0) look to continue their strong play in the North American Soccer League when they go on the road to take on the Atlanta Silverbacks (1-2-0) on Saturday.
New York is looking to remain at the top of the Spring Season standings, but Atlanta enters the game after earning back-to-back draws and hungry to take the top spot from the Cosmos.
These teams have always battled in what were intense matches during the 2014 season, with the Cosmos coming out on top in the three meetings. The first match came at the beginning of 2014, and saw a 4-0 victory.
Their most recent meeting came on September 13, 2014 at Shuart Stadium. The result was a 3-2 victory for the Cosmos. They were able to jump out to an early two-goal lead, but the Silverbacks drew even in the second half. It took a late winner by Danny Szetela to decide the match in the 84th minute.
Here are some other interesting Cosmos notes for the match versus Atlanta on Saturday:
- The Cosmos are the only team in the league with two wins in the first three weeks of the season. New York is currently two points ahead of Indy Eleven and the Silverbacks in the NASL’s Spring Season standings.
- Raúl is expected to make his fourth consecutive start for his new club. He’s scored a goal and looked threatening in attack thus far.
- Leo Fernandes is the Cosmos’ leading scorer entering this match with two goals in three games.
- Walter Restrepo has been brilliant for the Cosmos, one of the club’s most valuable players across the first three games of the season. He was named to the NASL Team of the Week following his performance against the Rowdies.
- Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer has only allowed one goal in the first three games of the season. While the shot-stopper can credit some of that to his strong back line, the American has been brilliant for the Cosmos thus far.
- With a win at Atlanta the Cosmos will prolong their best start to a season in the new era. They will look to be 3-1-0 with 10 points in hand following Saturday’s match.
- The Cosmos bested Atlanta all three times in 2014 by an aggregate score of 9-2. The Silverbacks have never beaten the Cosmos in the modern era, and fell 1-0 to New York at Silverbacks Park in the 2013 Soccer Bowl.
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