The New York Cosmos will play their final match of the 2015 regular season with the top seed in the NASL playoffs on the line. The boys in green got a big helping hand from the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday afternoon, and with a win against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, will finish level on points with the fall season champion Ottawa Fury. The Cosmos will need to win by at least two goals this evening to finish atop the table, and the right to host the NASL championship final as long as they make it that far.
As expected, Cosmos' coach Gio Savarese has named a very strong side, selecting the following group for the regular season finale:
Our XI & subs up against the @TampaBayRowdies tonight at home. Regular season finale! #NYCosmos #NYCvTBR pic.twitter.com/5LqJDxmo8O— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) October 31, 2015
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay also needs three points to assure that they reach the playoffs, and will go with the following lineup on Saturday:
Here is how your Tampa Bay Rowdies will look on the field! pic.twitter.com/QSw2aj4bOl— Rowdies Gameday (@RowdiesGameday) October 31, 2015
Rowdies Susbs: GK Contofalsky; M Saragosa, Valimaa, Hernandez; F Shriver, Hertzog, Santos— Rowdies Gameday (@RowdiesGameday) October 31, 2015
With any luck, 175 minutes from now will see the Cosmos atop the combined table, and guaranteed to be done traveling for the remainder of 2015. Let's go you 'Mos!