Cosmos squander several opportunities including PK by Senna, draw with FC Edmonton
By Cesar Trelles- 8/7/2014
A picture perfect night unfolded weather wise for the New York Cosmos on Wednesday night. In front of 4,524 fans, the Cosmos set out in search of a win and to improve their push towards the NASL fall title. Unfortunately for them, FC Edmonton did not want to cooperate. With numerous opportunities missed throughout the match, the Cosmos could not find the back of the net and battled to a scoreless draw against Edmonton.
“Today we did everything. We did everything except score a goal”, commented head coach Giovanni Savarese following the frustrating draw.
The match saw the return of Marcos Senna to the starting lineup and even he had his chances and failed to convert them. The most notable one coming in the 51st minute when Jemal Johnson drew a penalty in the box. Senna, as he always does, stepped forward to take the ensuing penalty kick. As, he always does, he struck it with a studded step and sailed the kick high over the cross bar.
“It just happens in football. This is my first (miss) and hopefully it will be my last.”, remarked Senna when asked about his miss.
Later in the match, although it wasn’t a penalty kick, Senna would take a free kick from about 20 yards out. A well struck ball glanced off of the right post and ended up in another missed opportunity for the veteran midfielder and the Cosmos.
Even though the opportunities continue to present themselves, the misses continue to mount for the Cosmos. It results in another winless home match for Savarese’s team. Something that was absolutely unthinkable in 2013. Thus far in the fall 2014 season, the Cosmos have played three home matches and have won none of them. They find themselves now in eight place in the fall NASL standings, a full seven points behind the league leading San Antonio Scorpions. To make matters even worse at home, their scoring drought is now 213 minutes since they last scored at home. Yet, the Cosmos still remain positive as exhibited by goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer.
“Confidence is always a factor, but at the same time none of our guys’ heads are down. We are not in a terrible state. I think everyone has their heads up and is working hard.”, commented Maurer after Wednesday night’s match.
The Cosmos will have to bounce back quickly and travel to Atlanta to face the Silverbacks on Saturday August 9th at 7:00pm.
Here are some pics from last night courtesy of Cross Island Crew’s own Eytan Calderon.