The long-heralded and recently re-launched New York Cosmos won the 2013 North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season Championship with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday night.
With the victory, the NY Cosmos claimed a spot in the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl in the team's controversial inaugural season, which began in the second half of 2013.
The NY Cosmos will battle host Atlanta Silverbacks in the 2013 NASL championship. The Silverbacks won the spring season and hence hosting rights at the Soccer Bowl, which is staged on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. and will air live on ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.
"All the guys knew that we needed three points to go to the Soccer Bowl and its not easy to do when you're a goal down, but we came back after halftime ready to do the job," said Cosmos assistant coach Carlos Llamosa.
The legendary Cosmos club returned to NASL action on August 3 and have won eight games, drawn four and lost only one to qualify for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013. The club closed out their inaugural home season with an undefeated record (5-2-0) at Hofstra and currently stand on top of the NASL table. Former Spanish international striker Marcos Senna and Diomar Diaz tied for goal leader with five goals and two assists apiece.
The national fall season victory silenced critics of the Cosmos, who elected to compete in the U.S. second division NASL, which has no salary cap, no playoffs and compete in a split season.
With two second-half goals in two minutes Saturday night, the New York Cosmos defeated the San Antonio Scorpions. Polish striker Tomasz Zahorski had given the Scorpions the go-ahead goal in just the third minute, but Senna tied the game in the 52nd minute and Bulgarian striker Stefan Dimitrov gave the Cosmos the lead in the 54th. Despite an injury to Senna and having a man sent off, New York held on to win 2-1.
With the victory, the Cosmos hold an eight-point lead at the top of the NASL standings over nearest challenger, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who can only generate a maximum of six points from their last two games.
The Cosmos recently submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park.
The New York Cosmos began play in 1971 and spent 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA, including Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto.
Tickets for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 are now on sale to the public and can be purchased by calling 404-969-4900 or booking online at atlantasilverbacksfc. For information and tickets for the 2014 New York Cosmos season please visit www.nycosmos.com or call 855-71-COSMOS.