Keep Your Enemy Closer: New York Cosmos

Aug 1, 2019

MIAMI (August 1, 2019) - The Miami FC will culminate its 2019 NPSL Season with a match against its former rivals, the New York Cosmos, in the NPSL National Championship. This is the second season in a row that Miami has reached the final match of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 from Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, New York.

Atop the NPSL Universe
The Cosmos own the best match-winning record in the NPSL and have been atop the NPSL power rankings all season.

New York has played 17 matches during the regular season and postseason and won 16 of them, having drawn the remaining match.

With 53 goals scored and a +48 goal differential established throughout the year, the Cosmos are a juggernaut that only Miami could possibly slow down.

Last season, the Cosmos fell to FC Motown in the Regional Finals and left its debut season in the NPSL disappointed. New York will be looking to exorcise those demons on Saturday night.

Short But Sweet
The Cosmos' impressive regular season earned the team a bye in the North Atlantic Conference Semifinals and Northeast Region Semifinals.

New York used the extra rest to pull off a clean sheet victory over the Brooklyn Italians in the Conference Final and then a convincing 3-1 win over FC Baltimore in the Region Final.

In last week's National Semifinal against ASC San Diego, the Cosmos took control of the match in the second half and triumphed 2-0 over the west coast squad.

With just three playoff matches under its belt, the Cosmos should be mentally and physically sharp going into the most important match of the season.

Players to Watch
Bledi Bardic has been the Cosmos' deadliest attackers and one of the most prolific goalscorers in the NPSL in 2019.

The Montenegrin forward's 10 goals scored in 14 matches during the regular season led the Northeast Region and ranked in the top 10 nationally among all players.

Bardic has come off the bench as a substitute in the Cosmos' last two matches, but he is capable of making a lasting impact in limited time. 

Danny Szetela is a Cosmos veteran and one of the few players left from New York's NASL days. 

The 32-year-old defender has been a mainstay in New York's match day roster since 2013 and has started each of New York's playoff matches this postseason.

Szetela is a former U.S. Men's National Team international and brings tons of talent and experience to the Cosmos' elite back line.