Stunning Cosmos Comeback Opens Four-Point Lead At Top Of North American Soccer League Standings To End Rowdies Streak
Victorious 10-Man Atlanta Silverbacks Climb The Fall Season Table
MIAMI, FL September 29, 2013 – The New York Cosmos produced a stunning comeback from being 3-1 down at halftime to triumph 4-3 over the Tampa Bay Rowdies and open a four-point gap at the top of the North American Soccer League standings.
Second-half goals by Diomar Diaz and Marcos Senna earned the Cosmos a third straight win as they improved to 4-0-1 at home and maintained sole possession of first place, while handing Tampa Bay its first loss of the NASL Fall Season.
Diaz pulled the Cosmos within a goal in the 80th minute with a charge up the middle, pushing the ball past goalkeeper Diego Resptreo for his team-leading fourth goal of the year. Two minutes later, former Spain international Senna put a 23-yard free kick over the Rowdies five-man wall and inside the near post for his third goal of the year to delight the home fans in the crowd of 6,518.
Goals from Luke Mulholland, Georgi Hristov, his joint league-leading 12th of the year, and Lucky Mkosana had given the Rowdies a 3-1 interval lead, with Peri Marosevic on target for the Cosmos. Paulo Mendes got New York back in the game 18 minutes after the break to inspire the comeback win.
“Today was a huge win for us, a very important win,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese. “I have to say that I believed that the team would be able to come back in the second half and win. They were able to do it because we have a great group of guys.
“They have the will to score goals and the desire to be a winning team. Everybody in the team has that desire. They believe in themselves and when they want to win a game they are able to produce the type of goals they scored tonight.”
On Saturday, the RailHawks extended their unbeaten home record at WakeMed Soccer Park in competitive action in 2013 to 14 games with a 2-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who lost for the second consecutive week and fell to sixth place on 11 points.
Second half goals from midfielder Breiner Ortiz and forward Brian Ackley snapped Carolina’s four-game winless streak in front of 4,215 spectators who saw their team hold on to third place in the table on goal difference.
Striker Pablo Campos scored his ninth goal of the 2013 campaign as Minnesota United FC edged his former club the San Antonio Scorpions 1-0 to keep the 2011 NASL champions firmly in the race for a shot at another title in fourth place, also separated only by goal difference.
The Atlanta Silverbacks, already qualified for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 having won the spring title, played for 53 minutes with only ten men after league assists leader Danny Barrera was sent off in a 1-0 win over FC Edmonton. Pedro Mendes converted a 15th minute penalty that proved to be the difference between the two sides in front of a packed house of 5,000 at Silverbacks Park, which will host NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
NASL Week 9 Results
Sunday, September 29
New York Cosmos 4 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3
Saturday, September 28
Minnesota United FC 1 San Antonio Scorpions 0
Carolina RailHawks 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 FC Edmonton 0
|New York Cosmos||9||5||3||1||13||10||18|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||9||3||5||1||21||16||14|
|Minnesota United FC||9||4||2||3||11||9||14|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||9||3||2||4||7||11||11|
|San Antonio Scorpions||9||1||1||7||11||19||4|
Tiebreakers: 1.) Goal difference 2.) Goals scored 3.) Head-to-head 4.) Away goal difference 5.) Away goals scored
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