Good things come to those who wait, or at least that is how the old saying goes. For those who are fans of the New York Cosmos (7-4-1) they will now have to wait another day to see the Green and White hopefully punch their ticket into the 2013 North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl.
The stage was all set for the Cosmos to get a huge victory on their home turf, after the team had a five game winning streak (not counting the draws) entering into the match against FC Edmonton (2-6-4).
With the rabid Cosmos fan base behind them, the Green and White dominated the ball for most of the first half of play. Probably one of the best chances for New York came from Paulo Mendes who fired a left-footed shot just over the crossbar in the opening minutes.
Alessandro Noselli provided an instant spark to the team when he stepped on the pitch at the 61st minute, making a beautiful bicycle kick that just went over the crossbar. Noselli’s effort would eventually pay off as he’d find the back of the net for New York in the 78th minute.
“For the second time I say thanks to Dimi because he gave me a great ball. Only thing [I could do] was shoot in the net,” Noselli said. “I’m happy for the goal, but it’s not a good day for me because after the goal we thought the championship was ours. But in the soccer, it happens.”
FC Edmonton kept the pressure on and found the back of the cage with a heart-breaker as defender David Proctor equalized with a header in the 90th minute.
“It feels like we didn’t accomplish our target tonight, definitely because we expected at the end to be able to get a win,” Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese said. “They tied three minutes from the end, if you consider stoppage time as well. I wouldn’t consider it a loss, but definitely it was not the result we were looking for.”
New York did have one last chance at the cage that soared above the crossbar, and now both the team and their loyal fans will have to wait for another day to punch their ticket to the Soccer Bowl.
“Of course we’re disappointed, 1-0 winning at home in the 89th minute you expect to win the game,” Cosmos captain Carlos Mendes said. “We’re disappointed, but we’re still in control and obviously we win these next two games, we’ll be playing in Atlanta.” The Cosmos Captain would continue by saying, “We are disappointed but there were a lot of good things and we need to continue to work this week and be ready for the weekend.”
What the weekend will bring for the Cosmos is an away match against the San Antonio Scorpions that will take place on Saturday, October 26. That is when the Cosmos hope to punch their ticket to the Soccer Bowl.
Zachary Bernstein, a 10-year old defender from the Lynbrook Spartans, will be the Cosmos’ Honorary Captain for the day.
Bernstein who turns 11 on Oct. 25, was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain tumor. To battle this illness, Bernstein’s family has explored various trials and cutting-edge treatments for him. They’ve also created the donation site known as Friends of Zachary, which helps raise money for his treatments, as well as creates awareness for pediatric cancer. To stay up-to-date with the Cosmos’ Honorary Captain, visit giveforward.com/fundraiser/vzk2/friends-of-zachary-fund.
The team also celebrated fan appreciation day as this was the last time the team would get to play in front of their home crowd. Afterward fans were treated to an autograph session from the players. –
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