FC Edmonton (7th in NASL, 4-1-10, 13 points)
New York Cosmos (4th in NASL, 5-6-4, 21 points)
Saturday will be the final match day for the 2017 Spring Season. The Cosmos will be spending their day at the Clarke Stadium as they take on FC Edmonton.
Miami FC may have clinched the Spring Season already, but that shouldn’t lessen the value of a Cosmos win here. Three points from this fixture could go a long way into helping New York’s combined Spring and Fall record.
In their last match, the Eddies earned a 2-1 victory over North Carolina FC. The win doesn’t exactly indicate their form as it was Edmonton’s first league victory in a month. After the Cosmos last meeting with Edmonton, FCE went on to lose four straight league matches.
The Cosmos seem to struggle when trying to stay within the win column as well. Even though they’ve had a couple of draws, the Originals were only able to grab one win in their last five NASL fixtures.
As we all know, the last meeting between these two didn’t favor the Cosmos. Two red cards in a span of five minutes from Juan Guerra and Darrius Barnes buried New York. The Eddies went on to net four goals, two of which came from attacker Tomi Ameobi. He has 4 goals this season; 1 goal from each foot and 2 goals from his head. New York’s defense will have to keep tabs on Ameobi as all four of his goals have been scored within the box.
Lack of discipline took a toll on Brian Holt in the last meeting. In this match, I’m looking forward to seeing Jimmy Maurer in net. He’s saved 73% of the 63 shots he’s faced, earning him 3 clean sheets this season.
Can the Cosmos get back into the win column? I think they can. If players like Ledesma and Ayoze continue their form of brilliant play, the Originals can close the Spring Season with a win.
Match Prediction: Cosmos win 2-0
This match will take place on the 15th of July at 9:00 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on ESPN3.
Take a look at this article on Head Coach Giovanni Savarese, who takes part in the team’s practice sessions almost as if he’s a player. Guerra and Kyle Zobeck both see the benefits from their coach.