By Cesar Trelles – 7/20/14
The New York Cosmos came to Ottawa not just for an NASL fall match. They came to Ottawa to keep pace with the NASL leaders. They also came to Ottawa to not just battle the Fury’s soccer team, but to essentially battle the entire city of Ottawa, 14,593 to be exact. Yes, Ottawa set a modern day NASL record for attendance as they unveiled TD Place today.
Unfortunately for the Fury, the Cosmos did not serve as the best guests as they took the victory and the three points from the Fury by a score of 1-0.
The action in the first half was back and forth and it was the Fury who mounted the first real threat. In the 17th minute, Ottawa’s Minatel Oliver sent a ball in the direction of the Cosmos goal but it was way over the net. The shot brought the crowd to life as it was the first real threat that the Fury provided.
Later, in the 33rd minute, Fury’s striker Tom Heinneman tested Cosmos goalie Jimmy Maurer twice after he averted Cosmos defenders but his shots ended in either deflections or brilliant saves by Jimmy Maurer.
In the the 37th minute, sloppy defense by the Ottawa Fury ended in a Sebastian Guenzatti strike inside of the penalty box that found the far left corner of the net for the lone goal of the match. Hear Guenzatti comment about the goal in a Cosmos TV interview after the match below.
The Cosmos would find two more great opportunities in the first half. In the 43rd minute, going from the right side of the Ottawa penalty box, Guenzatti would pass to Mads Stokkelien, who would pass to Hans Denissen who would pass to Jemal Johnson, who finally took a shot at the net however it resulted in an Ottawa save. Shortly thereafter, Denissen would test the goal who was out of the net with a lob shot from about 30 yards out that almost found the back of the net.
For Hans Denissen, it was his first career start for the NY Cosmos. He played 73 strong minutes for the Cosmos until he was replaced by Joseph Nane. For those fans who have been waiting for Denissen to start, they must have been pleased by what they saw particularly in the second half when Denissen placed a shot that rattled off of the top cross bar for a near goal.
The Fury picked up the pace and controlled possession in the second half but could not get past the Cosmos defense. The Cosmos would hold onto the 1-0 victory and move up the NASL table with three valuable road points. Up next for the Cosmos is another road match against the Fort Lauderdale Stikers next Saturday at 7:30pm.
Hear some reactions from the NY Cosmos via Cosmos TV!