The road to the 2016 North American Soccer League championship will go through New York.
Late goals from Juan Arango (2) and Jairo Arrieta led the Cosmos to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory Saturday night over Jacksonville Armada. The win gave New York, the defending NASL Champions, the Fall Season and Combined Season titles and guaranteed that the Cosmos would host a semi-final playoff match and Soccer Bowl 2016 should they advance.
According to a report by Big Apple Soccer, the Cosmos semi-final match against a yet-to-be-determined opponent, will be played on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. Soccer Bowl 2016 is scheduled for the week of Nov. 12-13, but Shuart Stadium is not available.
In the match on the road at Community First Park in Jacksonville, New York held a 1-0 lead on a 23rd minute goal by Yohandry Orozco. The Armada would level the match at 1 on a goal in the 66th minute by Alhassane Keita and would take the lead 13 minutes later on a goal by Zach Steinberger.
The Cosmos would pull level in the 83rd minute when a free kick from Arango deflected off the crossbar and trickled over the goal line. Five minutes late, Arango was at it again as a left-footed free kick curled away from Jacksonville keeper Miguel Gallardo and found side-netting. Arrieta would seal the victory with a stoppage time goal.
The victory was Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese’s 50th NASL regular season win, becoming just the third coach in the league’s modern era to reach this milestone.