Oh these NY Cosmos.
The NY Cosmos that were killing us with their incapability to score a goal back in August. You know, Gio’s team, that only had a handful of weeks to literally meet and greet each other then step on the field to play the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers – how could this possibly work right? How about the team who was having their goalie’s head called for after having some questionable games in goal? Or the one that was written off as unable to live up to the history of its previous version 30 years ago?
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Well maybe at one point it did but not anymore. This Sunday at 4pm, the only question that will be uttered around Schuart Stadium will be: “IS TONIGHT THE NIGHT THE COSMOS MAKE THE SOCCER BOWL?”
Some will still question whether or not the Cosmos should have been revived. However this Sunday, by stamping their ticket to Atlanta, the Cosmos have the opportunity to put all of these questions to rest. Coming into their match on Sunday the team is riding a five game winning streak. Add in the fact that they still have not lost a game at home this year and one can make a compelling argument that Gio’s team will be pouring champagne on one another around 6:00pm EST.
But let’s not get carried away all together just yet. FC Edmonton did battle the Cosmos to a 1-1 tie back on 9/1 albeit on their home turf. Next to the Cosmos, FC Edmonton has allowed the fewest goals in the league. FC Edmonton is coming off of a 1-0 loss to San Antonio on the road and would want nothing better than to come into NY and earn their first road win of the season and at the same time, play one heck of a spoiler to Gio’s team.
For the Cosmos, they have been on quite a tear offensively the last few weeks. In their last four games, they have found the back of the net 11 times. This is a drastic change from their scoring woes over their first 7 weeks when they only scored 6 times over that span. The Cosmos have an added offensive boost from Alessandro Noselli who is back from injury and wasted no time getting acclimated quickly when he scored in the 91st minute of last Saturday’s game vs. Minnesota after only entering in the 74th minute.
Defensively, the team has looked in total sync the last few weeks. The team has gone a total of 224 minutes without giving up a goal (last goal was in the 46th minute of Rowdies 4-3 victory from Mkosana) giving Kyle Reynish a total of five clean sheets for tops in the league in that category. Can he make it six this week? Reynish spoke briefly to the team’s “Cosmos TV” and had these comments regarding Sunday’s match
“We can’t look to Atlanta yet – we still need to make sure we get the job done on Sunday”
With all of the positives that are on the table for the Cosmos, Coach Gio Savarese refuses to look beyond a strong Edmonton team.
“Edmonton is looking for 3 points…they are very physicial and very strong. We expect a difficult game”
3 points puts the team into their first Soccer Bowl in 30 years. When the sun sets on Sunday will the team’s dream have to wait another week or will clinching the “Top of the Table” actually be happening the way the Cosmos envisioned it would back in 2012 when they announced their return to the NASL? Coming to Hofstra for the game will be the only way to find out.
Be there on Sunday and be one of the ones saying – “Oh these NY Cosmos!”