In american football, I believe they call it Monday morning quarterback. In Cosmos Country, at least for today, I am going to call it Sunday morning goalie. The thoughts of this Sunday morning goalie are “We could’ve, should’ve, would’ve been a point out of a first place if we won!”
The New York Cosmos came out fast and furious yesterday with a quick goal thanks to the nice team work of Mads Stokkelien and Sebastian Guenzatti. Joseph Nane brought the ball up field flicked a nice pass to Guenzatti who in turn passed it quickly to Stokkelien for a quick tap back to a running Guenzatti. With little time to think, Guenzatti unleashed a strike that Indy Eleven goalie Christian Nicht never had a chance to stop. The end result was a huge goal in the upper right hand corner of the net for a 1-0 Cosmos lead in the fourth minute of play.
The Cosmos would go onto have several opportunities in the first half as they once again would control possession in the first half. Player after player had chances at the goal and they all would either go wide or be saved by Indy goalie Nicht. As the second half started you would get the sense that those failures to convert in the first half might come back to burn the NY Cosmos.
And they did.
In the 76th minute, Marcos Senna would allow Indy Midfielder Brad Ring to slip by him and attack the net with a solid strike which Cosmos goalie Jimmy Maurer looked to have read properly as he stepped to his right to stop it. However Cosmos defender Roversio deflected the ball and it would result in an Indy goal just inside the left post of the net giving Maurer no chance to stop the goal.
For the remainder of the match, Indy was the aggressor creating more chances than the Cosmos. For all of the ball possession that the Cosmos seemed to have had in the first half, Indy took it all away in the second half. Cosmos lone goal scorer Sebastian Guenzatti, voiced his frustration in the locker room after the match:
“We knew we needed the three points to stay on top, unfortunately we didn’t get them. We should have shown a lot more on the field. We didn’t play our best game, but we have to keep going and move forward and we’ll see in the next few games”
Fortunately for the NY Cosmos, the rest of the NASL cooperated and their tie with Indy did not put them in a worse situation standings wise. The Ft Lauderdale Strikers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rowdies which put the Cosmos in front of the Strikers alone in second place. Further and most importantly, Minnesota United FC played to a 0-0 draw with the Carolina Railhawks. With that draw, Minnesota remains three points ahead of the Cosmos. Fans cannot help to wonder however how things could have been looking a lot better on Sunday morning should the Cosmos had taken the three points from Indy.
But there is no time to frown Cosmos Country. Wednesday, May 28th is right around the corner. The Cosmos will face off against the Brooklyn Italians in their first ever US Open Cup match. If the Cosmos learned one thing from this match against Indy is to never take the foot off of the gas pedal. Their intensity must last ninety minutes regardless of who their opponent is. Here’s hoping for a strong showing from the Cosmos and their fans on Wednesday at St John’s Belson Stadium.
See Guenzatti’s goal here as part of the One World Sports match recaps:
Here is video of Sebastian Guenzatti and his post game comments courtesy of 1495sports.com: