Game Guide: Cosmos B vs. Chattanooga FC

Cosmos B looks to conclude their inaugural season with a win in the NPSL National Championship game.
Published Aug 7, 2015
By Aaron Cheris (@AaronHowie)


New York Cosmos B vs. Chattanooga FC 

National Premier Soccer League Championship


Saturday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET | Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee



New York Cosmos B: On Saturday, Cosmos B defeated CD Aguiluchos USA 5-2 in the semifinals to clinch their spot in the championship game. In that game, Jenison Brito and Miguel Herlein each scored a pair of goals and Hagop Chirishian added a goal and two assists to keep the undefeated season going.

In their first season, Cosmos B went 11-0-1 (W-L-T) in the regular season before two victories in the playoffs put them in the National Championship game. Head coach Alecko Eskandarian’s squad has scored 56 goals this season while allowing just nine.

Defender John Neeskens and midfielder Ruben Bover made the All-NPSL First Team, with forward Miguel Herlein receiving second team honors from the media.

Chattanooga FC: Last season, Chattanooga FC advanced to the National Championship game before falling to the New York Red Bulls U-23 squad 3-1 at Red Bull Arena.

In their last game, a league record crowd of 9,236 came to Finley Stadium to see Chattanooga FC defeat Indiana Fire 3-0 in the national semifinals. Chattanooga FC has not lost since a 2-1 home defeat to the Atlanta Silverbacks reserves on June 16.

Like Cosmos B, CFC had three players voted to All-NPSL teams by the media: Defender Sean Rutter and goalkeeper Greg Hartley (1st), plus midfielder Leo De Smedt (2nd).


Can’t stop Herlein: Cosmos B forward Miguel Herlein has had a great season. He currently leads the team with 16 goals, including a brace in each of his team’s playoff victories. Herlein has five multi-goal games so far this season.

The streak continues: In the brief history of the team, New York Cosmos B has not lost a game yet. The Cosmos are on a 14-game unbeaten streak and an 11-game win streak.


"We will prepare like we do for every other game. We will spend a good amount of time getting our boys ready for another tough match. We know at this stage no game is going to be easy, so we'll come out with the same level of respect for our opponent and do our best."

-Alecko Eskandarian