I have finally been able to sit down and reflect on Sunday’s gut wrenching draw. What helped me cope was something I didn’t actually do until I actually got home Monday evening and that was look at the current NASL standings. The Boys In Green are still five points up on the second place Rowdies. Lets digest that for a second. Still five points up. The only way that the Cosmos will not make the Soccer Bowl is to lose both of their games on the road and to have the Rowdies win both games as well. The ‘Mos have not lost two games all season and lets not forget that this is the same team that has come off of five consecutive wins before the draw on Sunday.
Which leads me to my second observation – complacency. As with many things in life, once complacency sets in you tend to lose that edge. For the third match in row Coach Giovanni Savarese went with the same exact starting line up for the Cosmos. Is it possible that the same 11 have either been figured out by the opposition OR are just losing their edge a bit? With Alessandro Noselli back from injury and Peri Marosevic and Henry Lopez both on the bench hungry for minutes it may not be a bad idea to mix the starting eleven up when they take to the field against San Antonio?
Its incredible to think how the Cosmos where three minutes away from letting loose the wildest celebration that Cosmos Country has seen in 30 years. The name DAVID PROCTOR has now become equivalent with BUCKY DENT, YADIER MOLINA or REGGIE MILLER. Nevertheless you can be sure of one thing, Cosmos Country will be ready to unleash years of emptiness this Saturday if the Cosmos can finish the deed against San Antonio!
Speaking of Cosmos Country, kudos to the 5,624 fans that made it out to Schuart Stadium this past Sunday. That brought the total attendance of all 7 home games to 48,011 in the inaugural season! The average of the seven games was 6,858 fans which currently stands as the best average home attendance in the league second only to the San Antonio Scorpions. The unfortunate part about this however is that San Antonio does have a home game against the Cosmos this Saturday and to their credit, they have drawn strong crowds no matter who the visiting team is. Something tells me that the Cosmos and a potential league clinching game may just draw a few more fans to an already strong crowd! Either way – congratulations to all of the Cosmos fans that came out this year. And to those who didn’t – we will be waiting for you next season!!
I will leave you with pictures and soundbites from Sunday’s game all courtesy of yours truly
– The Cosmos Soccer Fan.
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