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Live Blog: 2016 NASL Championship Game

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JUNE 4: The New York Cosmos starters pose for a team photograph prior to their game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on June 4, 2016 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Strikers defeated the Cosmos 2-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Giovanni Savarese’s New York Cosmos and Tim Hankinson’s Indy Eleven clash in the 2016 NASL Championship Game on Sunday, November 13 at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens, New York. The match is a battle of the Spring and Fall Champions. Indy Eleven are looking for their first-ever NASL crown, while the Cosmos will look to cement their place as the flagship club of the competition.

“What I like about our team is that it is not one built around one person, it’s built around an idea,” Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir said. “Spirit and fight until the final whistle. As long as we do that whatever the outcome is at least we follow that idea. Our mission is to play and win championships for the fans. There’s a very public pride factor. We want to do well and represent the city and state with character players. It’s not just about winning, it has a lot to do with art as well. Just because you do everything right doesn’t mean you’re going to win. Some of it is art and some luck.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be in the Final. We had a goal initially to win a championship in five years. Here we are in our third year with a chance already. It’s already come a long way, more than expected. Success increases morale in the front office, the community, the fan base. When we have the highest attendance and loyal supporters you want to win for them. We really do play and give what our fans deserve. It’s important to show them appreciation, not by word but by putting on a great game in front of them. It’s hard to express and hard to compare. I don’t know what I was expecting. The whole organization has worked so hard to get to where we are. I’m happy for them to see success and the morale boost. I’m proud of the team, the organization and the city for all the support.”

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