Drop Key Points To Carolina, Now Looking Ahead To Wednesday vs Edmonton
By Cesar Trelles – 8/4/14
Oh what could have been! That is the likely sentiment being felt by several New York Cosmos fans when they left Hofstra’s Schuart stadium on Saturday night. With the Carolina Railhawks having struggled on the road the entire season, Saturday’s match seemed like the perfect opportunity for the Cosmos to snatch three points and get back on track in pursuit of the fall NASL championship. Instead, what transpired was more of what we have season the entire fall season so far. The Cosmos were unable to put the ball into the net. The end result was a 1-0 victory to the Carolina Railhawks giving them a rare road victory and a valuable three points.
Those points proved valuable for Carolina as they, like the Cosmos are trying to make the playoffs by way of being one of the two teams points wise that are not the fall or spring champions. Further for the Cosmos, they missed a key chance to gain on the fall leaders, the San Antonio Scorpions as they dropped their match against FC Edmonton by a score of 3-1.
Looking back on Saturday, there were some positives to take away from the match. Andres Flores made his first Cosmos appearance, a start at that, and he looked every bit as exciting as he was billed to be. At times there was some confusion amongst his teammates on some passes but when he did possess the ball he was electric with his speed. Also making his first start for the Cosmos was Connor Lade who is on loan from the Red Bulls. Lade would have to leave the game with a dislocated shoulder in the 57th minute but made his mark quickly for the Cosmos. With his first touch of the match coming in the 3rd minute, Lade took the first shot of the match for the Cosmos and just missed the net by sailing a few feet over the cross bar. Lade struck again in the 35th minute via long shot that was punched away by Raihlhawks goalie Scott Goodwin.
Aside from Lade’s shots in the first half the Cosmos did not have many shots on goal. They would concede the only goal of the match to Ty Shipalane of the Railhawks in the 38th minute when he tactfully controlled the ball around several Cosmos defenders and struck a laser past Jimmy Maurer for the only goal of the match.
In the second half the Cosmos would see several more opportunities and seemed to be poised to at least net an equalizer. Almost immediately at the start of the half, Ayoze and Lade take shots at the goal that were blocked. With Marcos Senna and Diomar Diaz entering the match in the second half (57th minute & 74th minute respectively), Cosmos fans felt as if they had their missing pieces back on the pitch. However, last year’s leading scorers could not even solve the team’s scoring woes. The Cosmos did have several scoring opportunities as Carlos Mendes had a great opportunity from about 10 yards on the right side of the goal that was deflected. Later, on a cross into the box, an unmarked Jimmy Ockford seemed poised to net the equalizer, but his header was poorly struck and it was headed into the ground and bounced in front of the goal making it an easier save for the Railhawks goalie. In the final five minutes of the match the Cosmos gave it all the had as they even asked goalie Jimmy Maurer to play from the midfield area leaving their goal exposed. Maurer would even come up front to the Railhawks goal on a number of corners that the Cosmos would take in the final five minutes. While the corners shots were well played set pieces, again, the Cosmos were unable to finish the plays and score a goal.
The Cosmos have now scored only three goals in their first four fall matches.
“The chances are there so that’s good. I would be worried if we were not getting the opportunities”, remarked Cosmos striker Hans Denissen, when asked if the team was worried about their lack of goals.
The Cosmos will have to put this outcome behind them quickly and get ready for their next match which takes place this Wednesday, August 6th. FC Edmonton comes to New York to take on the Cosmos after earning a victory against the league leaders San Antonio Scorpions Game time is 7:30 pm.