The Cosmos have been teasing a strong lineup all week, including some tweets from Eric Stover this afternoon promising our strongest possible starting eleven. Here's the tweet in question:
The rain has stopped, the sun's breaking free and we've got our Best XI playing for the first time. #NYCosmos #rallytorepeat #NASL— Erik Stover (@ErikStoverNYC) October 4, 2014
Sure enough, the starting lineups have dropped, and it looks as if the Cosmos will have a very formidable bunch. Here's the group that Gio Savarese has selected to start the game:
Here is our starting XI for tonight's match against @IndyEleven! Kickoff coming at 8 p.m. ET. #RallytoRepeat pic.twitter.com/UeM8f4pJMR— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) October 4, 2014
Indy will be countering with the following, as they look to push their season average to something closer to a point per contest than the pace that they're currently keeping:
Indy Eleven XI: Franco, Norales, Miller, Hyland; Smart, Mares, Pena, Pineda; Rugg, Ambersley— Indy Eleven Live (@IndyElevenLive) October 4, 2014
Indy Eleven Bench: Dawson, Corrado, Frias, Jhulliam, Johnson, Moore, Okiomah— Indy Eleven Live (@IndyElevenLive) October 4, 2014
This one will take on added importance for New York, as Raul is rumored to be in the building watching and discussing a contract with the club. Given that Fort Lauderdale and Carolina are meeting in a fixture with huge playoff implications this evening, taking maximum points here would be massive. Finish those chances, boys!