NASL Playoffs: Cosmos return to third straight Soccer Bowl

The New York Cosmos head to their fourth NASL final in five years thanks to a PK shootout win over Miami FC following a scoreless tie in their semifinal. The Cosmos have a chance to make it three straight titles when they meet the first-year club San Francisco Deltas,  a 1-0 winner over North Carolina FC, next Sunday in the final.

The Cosmos won the league title in their inaugural 2013 season, reached the semis in 2014, and lifted the crown in 2015 and 2016.

Miami (61 goals) and the Cosmos (56) were the highest scoring teams in the regular seasons but failed to hit the net on Sunday as Cosmos has a 16-14 edge on shots. Cosmos keeper Jimmy Maurer made five saves and saved two spot kicks in the shootout. Eugene Starikov converted shootout decider.

Tyler Gibson’s fourth goal of the year, a strike assisted by Kyle Becker in the 40th minute, gave San Francisco its 1-0 over North Carolina.

Nov. 5 in Miami
Miami FC 0 New York Cosmos 0
(New York wins 6-5 on penalty kicks)
Miami — Vega, Trafford, Smith, Freeman, Bernstein, Ryan, Lahoud, Mares, Chaves, Rennella, Pinho. Subs: Michel, Poku, Martinez.
New York — Maurer, Mulligan, Ayoze, Jakovic, Mendes, Calvillo, Flores, Guerra, Marquez, Starikov, Ledesma. Subs: Mkosana, Vranjican, Szetela.
Referee: Marcos de Olivera
Att.: 7,155

Nov. 5 in San Francisco
San Francisco 1 North Carolina FC 0
Goals: Gibson (Bekker) 40
San Francisco — Peiser, Attakora, Ouimette, Ferreira, Stephens, Tissot, Jordan, Jackson, Gibson, Bekker, Heinemann. Subs: Dyego, Sandoval.
North Carolina — Robinson, Black, Tobin, Ibeagha, Marcela, Kandziora, Schuler, Fortune, Albadawi, Gorne. Subs: Laing, Shiplane, Glenn.
Referee: Alex Chilowicz
Att.: 3,586

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