Raul won six La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns and the UEFA Super Cup with Real Madrid. There’s also the German Cup he won with Schalke 04 before joining the Cosmos this season after a stint with Qatar club Al Sadd.
With the Cosmos, Raul scored eight goals this season, tied for the club lead with Leo Fernandes, a 23-year-old Brazilian-born New York product who was named NASL Young Player of the Year. Raul also added three assists and he scored the winning goal in the Cosmos’ 2-1 semifinal win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Leading Ottawa is Missouri product Tom Heinemann, who also scored eight goals this season and scored both goals in its 2-1 overtime semifinal win over Minnesota United.
NASL Championship Games
2015 New York Cosmos-Ottawa Fury
2014 San Antonio Scorpions 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
2013 New York Cosmos 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 0
2012 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 Minnesota Stars 3 (Tampa won on PKs)
2011 Minnesota Stars 3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
The Cosmos are aiming for their second new NASL title, having won in 2013 when they joined the league in midseason and reached the final by finishing atop the fall standings. Second-year club Ottawa didn’t reached the playoffs in 2014.
Ottawa is also looking to present a glorious farewell for someone: its NASL Coach of the Year Marc Dos Santos will be joining the coaching staff of an MLS team next year.