Opening Day Victories All Around!

The day that many of us had been waiting for finally arrived and boy did it deliver! The New York Cosmos embarked on their 2014 season on Sunday and much to the delight of their fans they produced a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks. For fans of the Cosmos the day started by gathering across the street from Schuart Stadium to part take in a festive tailgate sponsored in part by Prost Grill & Garten. It was great to see a large gathering before the game which culminated in La Banda Del Cosmos pulling into the lot with the drums full blasting! For the first tailgate of the season, many would agree that the foundation has been laid out for a fun and festive pre game ritual in 2014!

Photo Credit - Eytan Calderon

Photo Credit – Eytan Calderon

Photo credit - Eytan Calderon

Photo credit – Eytan Calderon

Staff From Prost On Hand Co-sponsoring the tail gate!

Staff From Prost On Hand Co-sponsoring the tail gate!

Once inside the stadium it was great to see the Five Points decked out in colors via the verticals as well as the several banners and tifos. This year’s tifo for opening day depicted the NASL tropy being hoisted with the words “History Is Written By The Victors” a salute to the teams for their 6th NASL championship earned last year. A sensational job by the Borough Boys for putting this together! Here is the best picture that has surfaced of the tifo.

Photo Credit - vivalashem on Twitter

Photo Credit – vivalashem on Twitter

As for the match, the NY Cosmos picked up right where they left off in 2013 and then some! The score line of 4-0 is probably not reflective of what it could have been. Both sides missed numerous opportunities to score and it probably should have been a much higher scoring game than this. Nonetheless the Cosmos defense deserves credit, not so much for their defense this time around but for their offense. Two defenders scored three goals on this day which is the first time that has ever happened in the Cosmos reboot era. Carlos Mendes sandwiched two goals around and Ayoze goal in the first half to give the Cosmos a 3-0 lead at the half. Then in the second half a player other than a defender would finally score. In the 72nd minute newcomer Mads Stokkelien would score on a beautiful cross from Sebastian Guenzatti that would make the score 4-0 and would give the Cosmos their first win of the season! Some notable mentions on the day was the play of Danny Szetela who played well defensively in the first half as he thwarted several offensive runs by Atlanta. Also Sebastian Guenzatti played brilliant offense as he was on point with several of his passes including one that culminated in a goal by Mads Stokkelien. It was also very encouraging to see Jemal Johsnon coming into the match during the second half and play at 100%. Johnson played in only one match during last season due to injury and he is poised to add depth to the Cosmos this season.

Szetela celebrates with Carlos Mendes after one of his two goals - Photo Credit - Katie Hammock - NY Cosmos

Szetela celebrates with Carlos Mendes after one of his two goals – Photo Credit – Katie Hammock – NY Cosmos

Mads Stokkelien celebrating after his goal - Photo Credit - Katie Hammock - NY Cosmos

Mads Stokkelien celebrating with Jemal Johnson after his goal – Photo Credit – Katie Hammock – NY Cosmos

The victory puts the Cosmos in first place atop of the NASL ahead of Minnesota United and the Ft Lauderdale Strikers both of who also gained victories during their first match of 2014. For the Cosmos, their next match is this coming Saturday against FC Edmonton in Edmonton. Game time this Saturday is 9:00pm. Be on the look out for details on multiple viewing parties this Saturday happening at Prost in Long Island and Jack Demseys in Manhattan!

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  1. The crowd was at 8K for the match. Is this what they are were expecting or was the goal 10K to a sellout?

    • Hi there, not sure what the team was expecting but it was definitely not what I was expecting. Perhaps the weather was a bit cool for people to come out? Either way, the vibe was definitely electric and I’m sure the team was satisfied with that.

      • I was thinking bout the cold as well. I would be sure they would not want a dropoff this season and even an increase as the prime time sat nite summer games start.

        What do the Cosmos have planned for the one month break. There are no WC games scheduled for sunday July 6th a week before they resume for the fall

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