The New York Cosmos at the moment are the team to beat in the NASL. They have won their last three league matches, most recently dethroning the Spring Season Champions, Miami FC. New York is finally beginning to find their own in attack, recently being led by young sensation and NASL Player of the week Eric Calvillo. Kobi Moyal made an immediate impact with the NASL play of the week, and Lucky Mkosana finally returned to New York. And the best part of the Cosmos’ success? Last season’s Golden Ball winner, Juan Arango is rejoining the team. Another win will have table topping Miami FC, who lost to FC Cincinnati in their midweek US Open Cup match.
San Francisco will be a big test for New York. This weekend’s home team drew the Armada to start off their Fall, and will looking for three points at home. The only team other than to Miami to finish ahead of the Cosmos in the Spring, The startup club has done well for themselves in their first half season in existence. Unfortunately, their on-field success is in part overshadowed by their low attendance numbers, so much so that the CEO of the club, wrote an honest letter to the fans stating that attendance needs to increase or the team will fold. Not sure if it’s the best business move, but it’s a thought-provoking read nonetheless. Check it out below. The Deltas have also tweeted out support for Miami FC and Stockade FC’s Open Soccer Movement and appeal for pro/rel in the United States. It will be interesting to see if more NASL teams follow suit.
New York and the Deltas are playing for sole possession of 2nd in the NASL, so expect a tight match. In the small sample size we have, New York and the Deltas have played each other close. However, I think the presence of Juan Arango, as well as the form of Calvillo gives New York the slight edge. I don’t think the San Fran will find its first goal against the Cosmos this time around. 1-0 Cosmos.
The Cosmos and Deltas kick off in Kezar Stadium at 8pm ET. The match can be seen on the MSG Networks and streamed on the Delta's’ twitter (@sfdeltas).