Giovanni Savarese’s New York Cosmos were closing in on a berth in Soccer Bowl 2013, but they needed to dispose of Colin Clarke’s Carolina Railhawks.
A 6-3-1 record (21 points) told the story for a Cosmos team that wasted no time in making their mark in dominating the 2013 North American Soccer League Fall Season.
“We have another final this weekend,” Savarese told Beach Carolina Magazine’s Michael Hudson. “Carolina’s a tough team that made it difficult for us when we played them at their home, so now we are focused on them.
“We enjoyed the Minnesota victory because the guys deserved it, but our focus has already switched to Carolina and Saturday night.”
The Cosmos fell to Carolina 3-0 on Aug. 17 at WakeMed Soccer Park but have gone on a tear since. New York exacted revenge with a comprehensive 4-0 shuout win on Saturday night at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Danny Szetela opened up the scoring in the eighth minute of play thanks to a delivery from Diomar Diaz, who also got in on goal in the 53rd minute of play from Paulo Mendes.
In the 74th minute, substitute Alessandro Noselli earned a penalty in the box on his first touch with the ball. Following a retake, Marcos Senna got on the score sheet to make it 3-0. Noselli got his revenge in the 90th minute with a volley inside the near post to ice the match for New York.
With the victory, New York improve to 7-3-1 (24 points) and can clinch a spot in Soccer Bowl 2013 next week against FC Edmonton on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2013. Kickoff at Shuart Stadium is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by SNY and One World Sports.
|New York Cosmos||11||7||3||1||8||24|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||10||3||5||2||4||14|
|Minnesota United FC||10||4||2||4||1||14|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||10||4||2||4||-3||14|
|San Antonio Scorpions||10||2||1||7||-7||7|
*Tiebreakers: 1. Goal Differential – 2. Total Goals – 3. Head-to-Head record