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NASL: Previewing The 2016 Championship Final

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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)

It all comes down to this in the North American Soccer League: the 2016 Championship Final between Giovanni Saverese’s New York Cosmos and Tim Hankinson’s Indy Eleven on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Stoppage Time will be live blogging this contest, live and direct from Belson Stadium, on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. starting at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET.

The Cosmos finished the regular season with an overall record of 20-5-7 (65 points) and a successful North American Supporters Trophy defense to go with a Fall Season crown. In the semifinals, New York rallied from a goal deficit to defeat Gerard Nus’s Rayo OKC 2-1 on goals from Juan Arango (73′) and Yordany Orozco (90′) at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. The Cosmos will be putting their home unbeaten streak of 22 games on the line on Sunday.

Indy is one of the few teams that have had some form over the Cosmos and that form has helped them win the Spring Season title this year. Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored in the 63rd minute to give the Eleven a 1-0 shutout win over Colin Miller’s FC Edmonton at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the 2016 NASL Championship Game between the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven.

  • Eamon Zayed will score for Indy Eleven.
  • Justin Braun will score for Indy Eleven.
  • Jimmy Mauer will make under five saves.
  • Jairo Arrieta will score for New York Cosmos.
  • Juan Arango will score for New York Cosmos.
  • Yordany Orozco will score for New York Cosmos.
  • Ruben Bover will score for New York Cosmos.
  • Jon Busch will make at least five saves.
  • A goal will be scored in the first 15 minutes.
  • A goal will be scored in the last 15 minutes and stoppage time.

New York Cosmos 4, Indy Eleven 2

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