The Cosmos will look to make it two in a row at home tonight when they host the Atlanta Silverbacks. They'll do so knowing that three points will either move them closer to the top of the table of open up a larger gap behind them, due to the two teams just outside of the playoff picture playing the two teams above the Cosmos in the standings. All in all, a win for the boys in green tonight would be huge.
Gio Savarese has selected the following starting lineup for New York, knowing how important this one is:
Get ready for the #NYCosmos to kickoff against the Atlanta Silverbacks! Here's the starting lineup for the Cosmos! pic.twitter.com/bzyqU1ZUhh— ONE World Sports (@ONEWorldSports) September 13, 2014
Marcos Senna is healthy enough to partner Dann Szetela in midfield, something which should be a huge advantage for the home side tonight. They'll still be without Roversio due to injury and Andres Flores due to international duty, while Ayoze and Jimmy Maurer are both surprisingly missing from the squad.
The Silverbacks will line up as follows:
#Silverbacks starting XI v @NYCosmos: Ati, Sousa, Espinoza, Roushandel, Randolph, Rivera, Gonzalez, Poku, Cruz, Sandoval, Chavez— ATLSilverbacks (@ATLSilverbacks) September 13, 2014
#Silverbacks available subs: Hunter, Canovas, Harlley, Paulini, Poltronieri— ATLSilverbacks (@ATLSilverbacks) September 13, 2014
Even with the missing players, it's hard not to like New York's chances of winning this evening. If they do, they'll be closing in on a playoff place and a shot at repeating as champions.