Aug 3, 2013; Hempstead, NY, USA; New York Cosmos midfielder Ayoze (7) and Fort Lauderdale Strikers midfielder Carlos Salazar (14) collide while going for a ball during the first half of a match at James M. Shuart Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

View from the New York Cosmos: September 14, 2013


Giovanni Savarese’s New York Cosmos continue to pile up the wins as they continued their inaugural season in the North American Soccer League. Against Manny Lagos’s Minnesota United FC, the Cosmos were forced to play down to 10 men after Hunter Gorskie was sent off late in the second half. However, the Cosmos prevailed, 1-0, at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Sebastian Guenzatti scored in the 77th minute to give the Cosmos a 3-1-3 record to remain unbeaten at home and unbeaten in their last four matches.

“It was a beautiful cross and we got the win,” said Guenzatti to NASL.com. “Before the game we were one point away from the team in first place and we just have to keep winning and hopefully get to the top.”

“Today we showed a different side because Minnesota is a good team, they played well today,” Savarese told BigAppleSoccer.com’s Matt Levine. “They are coached by Manny Lagos and they gave us a difficult game.

“It got to a point in the game we had to roll our sleeves up and just fight and work and the team was able to do it.”

Currently, in the Fall 2013 standings, the Cosmos are at the top of the table on 12 points, but it’s a long Fall season, and more needs to be done.

“We find ourselves in a good situation,” Savarese told NYCosmos.com. “There are still seven more games to play, and we still have to work very hard on every match, but I think the effort in the players has been tremendous so far.”

Up next for New York is a Sept. 21 contest with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Starting Lineups: 

New York: Reynish, Freeman Mendes, Rovérsio, Gorskie, Senna, Szetela, Ayoze, Guenzatti, Maroševic (Nane 68′), Kashiwase (Lopez 55′, Dimitrov 87′)

Minnesota:Van Oekel, Dias, Tobin, Mallace, Franks (Griffin 88′), Pitchkolan, Rodríguez (Daley 78′), Venegas, Ibarra (Bracalello 83′), Ambersley, Campos

Stats:

New York Minnesota
Corners 1 2
Fouls 6 8
Offsides 1 1
Shots (Off Target) 7 5
Shots (On Target) 3 1

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