Minnesota United FC aims to remain perfect and atop of the North American Soccer League Spring Season Standings going into Week 5 when the club visits the defending champion New York Cosmos in a Monday Night Fútbol clash at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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The intense race for the 2014 spring title has reached the midway point as Minnesota, which has won four in a row to start out the season, posted a 3-2 home win against Indy Eleven last week to extend its overall winning streak to six. Meanwhile, New York lost its second consecutive game last Saturday for the first time in three decades after falling 1-0 on the road to Carolina.
“Our only focus is to make sure we are ready to start winning some games, and especially this weekend to be prepared as much as we can to play against Minnesota,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese, whose team has won the previous two meetings against United in 2013 both by 1-0 score lines. “We see this as being a final game for us.”
United coach Manny Lago knows the Loons’ work is cut out for them against the Cosmos: "It's tough, they have so many offensive weapons. Of course, we know the team has been driven by Marcos Senna and their ability to distribute the ball and come into the play late for goals. We certainly have to be aware of him, and also his set piece prowess. Overall we know they'll be hungry for goals and we need to make sure we shut down their dangerous players."