By Cesar Trelles – 9/22/2014
Cosmos Country woke up on Monday ready to take on a fresh new week. Putting the tough result of Saturday night behind us, one only has to look back one year ago as of Sunday to recall their first road victory of the reboot era. The game was dominated by a player who has been surely missed this season and that is Diomar Diaz.
Back on September 21, 2013, the New York Cosmos traveled to Fort Lauderdale to take on the Strikers. Up until that time, the Cosmos had struggled on the road. A loss to none other than the Carolina Railhawks and draws to the Tampa Bay Rowdies and FC Edmonton had the Cosmos enter late September without a road win. On this night however the Cosmos allowed the speed and striking power of Diomar Diaz to propel them to a solid 2-0 victory. Both of Diaz’s goals came in the first half of play. The first was assisted by Ayoze in only the 10th minute of play. The second goal was scored purely off of the speed of Diaz in the 33rd minute.
Ironically, Diaz has been sidelined for most of 2014 with a nagging hamstring injury that he suffered back in May. Since then he has only played once, a brief appearance on August 2nd during a home match against the Carolina Railhawks. His offensive speed and striking ability is something the Cosmos could definitely use down the home stretch of the falls season. Head coach Giovanni Savarese has continued to say the Diaz is healing well but he is just not ready for match play. But for a second think of a lineup that would include Mads Stokkelien, Danny Mwanga, Sebastian Guenzatti, Marcos Senna and Diomar Diaz.
Hopefully he hurries back soon- the Cosmos could definitely use him.