FIVE NOT SO EASY PIECES: How the Cosmos fared vs. Miami FC this season
Javi Marquez has done some damage against Miami FC. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
During the North American Soccer League regular season, the Cosmos and Miami FC battled to a 2-2-1 record.
The two sides will meet in The Championship semifinals at Ricardo Silva Stadium Sunday at 5 p.m.
Jimmy Mauer was in net for the opening four games while Kyle Zobeck was in goal for the final match.
Here is a quick look at the results:
Miami FC 3, Cosmos 0 (April 1)
The Cosmos dropped their home opener at MCU Park as Dylan Mares (51st minute), Vincenzo Rennella (67th minute) and Stefano Pinho (71st minute) scored for the Miami FC.
Cosmos 2, Miami FC 0 (April 8)
Only a week later on the road, New York turned the tables on its southern Florida rivals, registering a 2-0 victory. Maurer stood on his head, making several key saves as the Cosmos were outshot, 22-4. Danny Szetela (58th minute) and Ayoze (penalty kick four minutes into stoppage time) scored for the visitors.
Miami FC 2, Cosmos 1 (June 24)
Emmanuel Ledesma found the net in the sixth minute, but the hosts overcame the one-goal deficit behind goals by Pinho (20th minute) and Rennella (47th minute). Miami FC played the final 32 minutes a man down after Kwadwo Poku was red carded in the 58th minute.
Cosmos 3, Miami FC 1 (July 29)
In one of their most complete performances of the season, the Cosmos earned their second win over Miami. Eric Calvillo (64th and 79th minutes) and Kobi Moyal (90th minute) tallied for the Cosmos.
Cosmos 3, Miami FC 3 (Sept. 6)
In a wild finish to a wild game, the Cardiac Cosmos equalized two minutes into stoppage time after Jaime Chavez tallied all three goals for the hosts. Bljedi Bardic had given New York a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute before Miami FC struck for the next two goals for a 2-1 lead — late in the 44th and 63rd minutes. That set the stage for a heart-attack ending. First, Pablo Vranjican knotted things up for the Cosmos in the 81st minute. Chavez, however, had other thoughts by scoring in the 90th minute. But Javi Marquez scored two minutes into stoppage time.
— Michael Lewis