HEMPSTEAD, NY – The New York Cosmos (2-1-1) sure do seem to have a flair for the dramatics. For the second home game in a row, the rebooted Cosmos won a game off a goal in stoppage time.
But instead of Alessandro Noselli playing hero, it was Guatemalan native Henry Lopez with the game winner in the 92nd minute to lead the Cosmos to a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions.
The goal wasn’t the first heroic goal of Lopez’s career, He is well know for scoring the game winning goal for the Guatemalan National Team against the United States that propelled his country to their first ever world cup. Though the goal was just as meaningful for the 21-year-old.
“I think those two goals are my best feelings in my career,” Lopez said after the game. “The first one because we qualified for the first time in Guatemalan history to the World Cup and that was really amazing. And today I’m very happy because it was my first professional goal and it was with a big team like the Cosmos. These feelings are the best in my life.”
What predicated Lopez’s goal was an eerily familiar plot line as to the Cosmos inaugural game back on August 3. New York took the lead near the end of the first half courtesy of a shot from Diomar Diaz inside the box that found its way into the back of the net.
The Cosmos had controlled the play for much of the first half leading to the goal, but could not convert on golden opportunities up until that point.
In the second half, the Cosmos saw the one goal disappear in the 64th minute, despite being a man down. Tomas Zahorski was on the receiving end of a cross from Lyle Martin and put the Scorpions on the board.
It was in the 71st minute that Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese substituted Lopez in for Diaz.
It would prove to be a wise move, as Lopez would score the game winner heading a cross from Marcos Senna.
“When Marcos hit [the ball] in the box I just tried to run between the two big guys and score. This is a good feeling and I’m very happy for the Cosmos victory,” Lopez explained.
After the game Savarese explained that the substitution was an offensive and defensive move.
“[Javier Saavedra] was breaking through too easy on the right side, Savarese explained to reporters. “He was finding the ball, he was playing wide and he was causing us trouble. And that’s how their goal came. Right away we tried to put someone fresh to be able to recuperate and be able to battle with him. But at the same time, was fresh to be able to get behind, to be able to go forward and be able to get in the box for those kinds of crosses. In the end he tried one time and almost got it. And in the end he was able to get to that ball to be able to score.”
Senna, who had the assist on the game winner, said that he was happy for Lopez. “It was a huge opportunity that he took it and he triumphed,” he said.
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