Cosmos Top Minnesota, Head To Playoffs

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The New York Cosmos begin defense of their NASL title this Saturday at home following its 1-0 road win over Minnesota United FC, the final time the two teams will meet in the league.

The visitors broke through in the 49th minute. On the edge of the box, Ayoze swung a cross across the middle toward Eric Calvillo, New York’s 18-year-old midfielder making his first professional start. The youngster got his head on the ball and put it past Minnesota keeper Sammy Ndjock to give the New York a 1-0 lead.

New York keeper Jimmy Maurer made a career-high seven saves to secure his 14th clean sheet of the season. With the win, the Cosmos end the regular season on a six match unbeaten streak heading into The Championship.

As Fall and Combined Season Champions, the Cosmos (14-5-3 Fall, 20-5-7 Combined) will be the No. 1 seed heading into the postseason. In The Championship Semifinal matchup, New York will host No. 4 seed Rayo OKC Saturday, November 5, at Hofstra’s James M. Shuart Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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