Two postseason-bound NASL clubs met on Aug. 23 at Shuart Stadium. The Cosmos had the better chances, despite being down to 10 men, but the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
New York goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer was sent off with a straight red card in the 6th minute after colliding with Minnesota midfielder Daniel Mendes in the box.
Top NASL goal-scorer Christian Ramirez netted a penalty kick to put Minnesota on top 1-0. But the Cosmos attacked relentlessly and eventually found an equalizer through Norwegian striker Mads Stokkelien in the 74th minute.