The New York Cosmos will kick off their second match of the season on Sunday, and like last week, they'll need to win in order to keep pace with the Carolina RailHawks. Also for the second weeknd in a row, they'll be facing a side with a new Head Coach and a vastly different roster and approach than they had last season.
The Jacksonville Armada used a possession based attack last season, but didn't do particularly well with that approach. In all, their inaugural season saw three different coached in charge of the group, and the expansion side finish at the bottom of the combined table.
Without having seen the Armada in action, Cosmos Head Coach Gio Savarese wasn't overly likely to make radical changes to the side that looked very good in week one. Indeed, Savarese only made one change, bringing Niko Kranjcar in for Andres Flores.
Our XI & subs tonight. Niko Kranjčar is set to make his first #NYCosmos start!— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) April 10, 2016
⌚️⚽️ : 6 PM #ForeverGreen #NYCvJAX pic.twitter.com/0bDCRva3jT
Tony Meola, who is expected to take a more direct route with the Armada this season, has opted for the following lineup in the club's opening match.
Here is your @JaxArmadaFC starting eleven for tonight's Battle! #NYCvJAX #BlueandBold pic.twitter.com/1lcIa8RSQX— #BlueAndBold (@JaxArmadaFC) April 10, 2016
The Armada didn't manage to win a single match on the road in 2015, and with any luck, that streak will reach 16 matches with a loss in New York. Cross your fingers, and tune in to ONE World Sports if you aren't at the match this evening.