Much has been written already about the New York Cosmos dropping their first match of the season this past Saturday at Schuart Stadium. It was a painful loss indeed, not so much from the point of view that it was a loss, but also because Minnesota United FC also won their match against FC Edmonton and that catapulted them into first place atop of the standings in the NASL. Throw in the fact that it was a cold and rainy day at Schuart Stadium and this one was a tough pill to swallow for all fans in attendance.
The Cosmos would lose the match 1-0 to the San Antonio Scorpions after the Scorpions scored on a rebound goal. The play started with Daniel Barrera firing a shot that Jimmy Maurer brilliantly saved only to have Eric Hassli sprint forward for the rebound that he was able to place in the goal with a header. That goal came in the fifteenth minute of play and from that point on it was a defensive battle on both ends. In the opinion of most, the Cosmos would move on from there and play arguably their best match of the season. They controlled posession 57% to 43% and they had more attacks than the Scorpions did as well 41-9. For all the corners that the Cosmos had, it seemed like they could not get by the Scorpions defense in the backfield. Mads Stokkelien had several attempts to finish crosses only to misfire on some and get blocked on others. In my opinion Mads seemed a bit too anxious to attack the goal on Saturday and could have used a bit more composure when receiving the ball. In essence the Cosmos only needed one goal to equalize and while the opportunities where there, it might just be the added patience that is needed when finishing their plays. A big piece that was absent from the offense on Saturday was Sebastian Guenzatti who was held out of the lineup due to a nagging knee contusion.
Nevertheless any person watching the match on Saturday cannot say that there was passion missing from the Cosmos play. In all aspects of the game, the Cosmos dominated the San Antonio Scorpions. Giovanni Savarese echoed that sentiment by saying, “I think if we play this game nine times more, I don’t think the result is going to be the same”. The passion was also apparent for the supporters that came out to watch their team play. Another solid ninety minutes was put in by the supporters groups that came out in the cold and rainy weather. While the announced attendance on this day was just over 4,000, it was apparent that actual fans at the stadium was less than that. Nevertheless the passion of the supporters groups is what keeps the players passionate on the field. Although they didn’t score it was indeed a spirited performance and one that fans left the stadium proud of. The Cosmos will continue to battle for the spring title this coming Saturday when they travel to Carolina to play the Railhawks. at 7:00pm.
Passion Before The Match And During The Match
(Videos courtesy of Cosmos Soccerfan on You Tube)