Heinemann talks facing a former teammate, the Cosmos backline, and more
Published Apr 26, 2017

San Francisco Deltas forward, Tommy Heinemann, has a record of scoring goals against the Cosmos. Five goals, to be exact. His last goal against New York came on May 22, 2016, when both Heinemann and Cosmos midfielder, Kalif Alhassan, played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Alhassan provided the assist. On Saturday, they'll be on opposite sides of the pitch.

“Playing your former teammate is hard,” said Heinemann. “It's a test, too, because we know each other well. You have to ensure you're sharp and on top of your game, especially with a player like Kalif. As a whole, [the Cosmos] have talented players that we'll have to be very careful with. This weekend, we want to make sure we cover our bases and protect against their back.”

Another familiar rival is Cosmos defender, Darrius Barnes, who Heinemann faced during his MLS career. Barnes played for the New England Revolution, while Heinemann featured for the Columbus Crew and Vancouver Whitecaps. According to Heinemann, Barnes is one of many good additions to the Cosmos defense.

“He's a good player,” said Heinemann of Barnes. “I know [the Cosmos] have some new pieces along their back line, and, you know, they're very good players. We'll have to work well to be able to get behind them, so we're prepared for a tough test against them this weekend, and I will continue to prepare for them this week during training.”

Heinemann has only won once against the Cosmos so far – that was on Sept. 22, 2015, when he had the last goal for Ottawa Fury FC in a 4-1 showdown at Shuart Stadium.

Although the Cosmos are currently unbeaten on the road and the Deltas are undefeated at home, he believes that Saturday's game will be anything but even.

“I think whenever you're playing in your home stadium, you have a home field adavantage,” he said. “I think each team this week tries to create that, so for us this weekend, getting back to Kezar Stadium, it'll be important to make sure to take advantage of that.”

The New York Cosmos will face San Francisco Deltas on Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 pm, at Kezar Stadium and will be broadcasted on MSG Networks and Twitter.