New York Cosmos Fight For Third Soccer Bowl Win

The NASL 2016 Spring Season Title came down to two teams: The New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven. The clubs both finished the season with the same amount of points (18 from 10 matches). The first tie-breaker is goal differential, but both clubs ended with +7. The next tie-breaker is total goals, but again the two teams ended level with 15 goals. The title was then decided by the two teams’ head-to-head record that season. In their one face-off, Indy Eleven beat the New York Cosmos 2-1 with two late goals. Indy Eleven became the NASL 2016 Spring Season Title winners.

The two clubs will now face-off again, this time in the NASL Championship Final. The Spring Season Title secured Indy’s spot in the playoffs, where they handily beat FC Edmonton to progress to the final. The Cosmos won the Fall Season Title as well as earning the No. 1 seed spot in the Combined Season Title. They they came back from behind to defeat Rayo OKC and progress to the Soccer Bowl. A win would be the third Soccer Bowl for the New York Cosmos in the modern era. But it would give the franchise its eighth over-all championship when considering the five titles won by the New York Cosmos from 1972-1982. This would tie the record for most-ever title championships for an American club, following the now-defunct Uhrik Truckers who won eight titles under different names between 1934-1956. A win would also give the Cosmos the first back-to-back Championship titles in the Modern Era NASL.

The title would be a historic first for Indy, who have never made it to the playoffs before this season. For his accomplishments turning around the team this year, Head Coach Tim Hankison was just awarded the NASL Coach of the Year award. And there’s good reason for them to feel confident going into this match-up. In addition to the 2-1 Spring Season defeat, Indy also beat the Cosmos 3-0 at home this Fall Season. And even before their current form, the two teams had met 6 times in previous seasons, all held to draws.

For the Cosmos’ part, they are currently on a 22-match unbeaten streak at home. Even though this game will be played at Belson Stadium rather then their usual home at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University, they are hoping that form can continue.

The match will be played at 7:00 PM on Sunday November 13th and broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Photo Credit: New York Cosmos