By Cesar Trelles – 10/13/14
Once again the New York Cosmos jumped out to a lead during their home match on Saturday. Once again the Cosmos gave up that lead as well. Things were looking like they were going to repeat themselves as they had for the last couple of matches.
Then head coach Giovanni Savarese was asked to leave the pitch.
“I just said ‘This is a corner,’ I wasn’t yelling or anything, but he said I was just outside my technical area so he threw me out,” Savarese revealed on Saturday after the match.
Fortunately for the Cosmos he was not issued a red card and will not have to miss a crucial match this Saturday against league leading Minnesota United FC.
There were several camera shots of Savarese around the pitch on the Cosmos broadcast via ONE World sports after he got ejected. At first, he chose to watch the match from behind the Ottawa Fury goal. It was likely that he was asked to leave that area as well as moments later he was spotted inside Margiotta Hall watching the match out of a window from the second floor.
What coach Savarese saw from that window sent him into emphatic celebration. So much that TV cameras caught him celebrating by jumping up and down and hugging random people that were around him inside Margiotta Hall (see highlights below for celebration Gio put on!). On a cross from the left side of the pitch from Hunter Freeman, Hagop Chirishian found space in between Ottawa defenders and tapped the ball into the back of the net with his thigh in the 93rd minute of the match to give the Cosmos a last minute 2-1 victory. For Chirishian it was his first goal as a member of the Cosmos.
“The coaches always say crash the goal, so I made a near post run and it hit my thigh and it went in. A bit of a lucky goal but we’ll take it. We’ll take the three points” commented an elated Chirishian after the match.
Diomar Diaz also scored for the Cosmos in the 43rd minute of the first half when Danny Szetela sent in a superb cross from the right corner that Diaz met with his head and launched into the net for his first goal since returning from injury.
Later Tom Heineman of the Ottawa Fury would receive a pass almost from the same location where Szetela sent in his pass to Diaz and tap in a sliding touch with his left foot after Cosmos goalie Jimmy Maurer broke in the wrong direction to tie the match at 1-1.
With the victory the Cosmos remain third in the combined points table, still trail Minnesota by 10 points for first place and San Antonio by 6 points for second place. The Cosmos will be on the road this weekend to face Minnesota United FC in a crucial for the club. Fortunately for the Cosmos, they will have head coach Giovanni Savarese on the sidelines with them.
Here are match highlights courtesy of Cosmos TV & ONE World Sports as well as post match reactions from Hagop Chirishian and Connor Lade.