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Cosmos claim title in first season
November 10th, 2013 1:55AM

TAGS:  nasl, new york cosmos


[NASL SOCCER BOWL 2013] Only three months after they began play, the New York Cosmos are NASL champions. A goal by former Spanish international Marcos Senna was the difference as the Cosmos beat the host Atlanta Silverbacks, 1-0, before 7,211 fans in Atlanta.
The Cosmos, who ran away with the fall title and finished 15 points ahead of the Silverbacks, the spring champions, dominated the first half but did not score until Senna's goal in the 51st minute when he hit a ball cleared that had been by the Atlanta defense to the far post past goalie Joe Nasco.

The Cosmos had most of the best chances in the first half, as Diomar Diaz and Stefan Dimitrov both came close on several occasions.

Goalie Kyle Reynish, who had been a backup at Real Salt Lake for six seasons, got the shutout.

“It’s an exciting day for sure," said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese. "The New York Cosmos are back. We worked very hard this season to play in the NASL. We had to come in in the second part, the fall season, so we didn’t have that much time to work. We are very proud, very proud of the players, because they accomplished great things.  Week in, week out they were able to do very well, and tonight to bring a championship back to New York, something that hasn’t happened since 1982 is a proud moment for us.”

The Cosmos' season isn't over, however. They head to Spain to face Villarreal Wednesday in a testimonial game for Senna.

When they return in 2014, the NASL should have at least three more teams: Indy Eleven, Ottawa Fury FC and Virginia Cavalry FC will begin play next year.

Nov. 9 in Atlanta
Atlanta 0 New York 1. Goal: Senna 51.
Atlanta -- Nasco, Moroney, Navarro, Reiss, Randolph, Menjivar, Paulini, Carr (Cruz 58), Barrera, Mendes, Stisser (Luna 83).
New York -- Reynish; Freeman, Mendes, Roversio (Nane 86), Ayoze; Senna, Szetela, Diaz, Mendes, Guenzatti; Dimitrov (Noselli  77).
Att.: 7,211.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: November 10, 2013 at 9:28 a.m.
    NY Cosmos' return is a good omen for RBNY. I have never believed in the Caricola's curse. It didn't make any sense to me. But the Cosmos' curse was more likely. If you believe in curses, that is. Since the inception of MLS, the Cosmos wanted to be a part of it but it didn't work out. Creating a new team in NY and trying to capitalize on the Cosmos' popularity in the city while denying the Cosmos that right didn't sit well with the God of soccer. Two weeks ago the curse was finally resolved when the RBNY won their first ever title (the supporters' shield) one day after the Cosmos won their first title sine 1982 (the NASL fall title). Now that the Cosmos won it's first NASL title after 31 years absence, the curse might have ended once and for all. I say "might" because it's possible that the curse will go on until the Cosmos joins MLS? We have to wait and see.
  1. Joey Tremone
    commented on: November 10, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.
    The Metro/Bulls were losers because they instisted on running themselves like the Yankees in a league where no one could be bigger than the Giants. You do that, and you end up the Knicks. . . . . . . the Cosmos are still rowing away from a waterfall, though: you're spending a lot of energy making tiny progress against a powerful force pulling you the other way, hoping you don't give out before you get somewhere. Sooner than later, winning second-division titles in a non-professional-grade stadium will get old with fans. The quality of the opposition, right now, is something beyond their control, but the quality of the venue is not. The ownership, to have any chance to accomplish what they claim to be their mission, will have to back up their words with the cash to make a top class venue happen, and the political ability to push it through, and they'll need to to it right quick. Even then, it might or might not be enough.
  1. Jeff Nibert
    commented on: November 10, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
    This new second-division NASL cannot hold a torch to the old NASL. There is no comparison. The Cosmos of old were an order of magnitude above this present version. This team did not win its first title since 1982. This team won its first title -- period. This league needs to stop appropriating the old league's heritage, because it's not theirs. Listing the year 2013 on the list of the original Cosmos' title years is simply ludicrous. It is nice that new teams can wear the old teams' uniforms, but also adopting their history is dishonest.

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