The Cosmos will close out their North American Soccer League fall season as they visit FC Edmonton (9 p.m. ET, ESPN3).
They aim to secure a top four finish while setting their sights for the best possible record in the overall standings. New York has earned a reputation for playing a good attacking game, and one of three teams in the league without a negative goal difference. New York also second in shots (214), after spring season champions Miami FC.
The Cosmos (5-4-6, 26 points) are coming off a 2-1 loss to Indy Eleven. Emmanuel Ledesma continued his scoring spree, securing his fifth goal in eight games with a 27th-minute equalizer. Eric Calvillo, who made his third appearance this season, tallied his first assist. Forward Eugene Starikov showed plenty of energy in the attack.
Seventh-place FC Edmonton (4-10-1) recorded a 2-1 home win against North Carolina FC. The Eddies earned their first victory in a month of league play. The team’s form has been far from ideal. Edmonton earned no points in four of their last five games and has lost 10 games this season, the most of any side in the NASL.
The last meeting meeting between the clubs ended in a 4-2 New York defeat at MCU Park. Irvin Herrera and Ayoze got on the scoreboard for the Cosmos.
Ayoze has done well when playing the Eddies, tallying two assists and a penalty. With three goals this season, the Spaniard is the team’s second top scorer.
Eddies midfielder Ben Fisk is a key component of Edmonton’s attack. When it comes to crossing the ball, Fisk is usually in the right place at the right time. The midfielder, who assisted on the Eddies’ equalizer against North Carolina.
The Cosmos have a 3-4-5 record against Edmonton, outscoring the Eddies, 16-15.