Cosmos Attack Comes Alive in 3-0 Win over Silverbacks

IMAGE, NY COSMOS

by JAKE NUTTING

The New York Cosmos finally found their scoring shoes on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Silverbacks, dispatching their hosts 3-0 on goals from Sebastian Guenzatti, Gaston Cellerino and Leo Fernandes. The thorough drubbing is the first time that the club has scored multiple goals in a match in six straight tries.

The Cosmos were forced to rely on a makeshift midfield due to Andres Flores’ departure for international duty, as well as the absence of Raul and Marcos Senna on only three days of rest. It was the first match all year that both veterans were not available for selection, but there seemed to be no drop off in that area of the field for New York.

It appeared for a moment as though New York was destined for another frustrating night trying to put the ball in the net. The well-organized Silverbacks carried over their compact form from Sunday and denied the Cosmos whenever they approached the penalty area.

With the final pass between the middle of the field and the attackers up front eluding them yet again, the breakthrough pass finally came from an unlikely source. Keeper Jimmy Maurer booted a long ball that carried over the small field in Atlanta and fell to an on-running Guenzatti. The midfielder collected the ball and penetrated the box before cutting inside to beat Simon Mensing and fire a quick near post shot past the unsuspecting keeper.

Confidence grew for the Cosmos after the goal and they continued to swarm the Silverbacks when they attempted to move the ball forward in the middle of the field. They couldn’t produce another chance on net, though, and had a set piece scare similar to the one that cost them in the draw with Atlanta on Sunday. Just before the halftime whistle, Junior Burgos delivered a free kick with pace that found an unmarked Jaime Chavez, but the forward sent his header sky high.

The safety net was extended for the Cosmos in the 55th minute through some terrific individual play by Cellerino. An errant pass back to the defense set Cellerino up with a one-on-one with keeper Steward Ceus. His initial shot was saved, but the striker was able to use his large frame to body a defender off the rebound and fired a follow up shot to the far post for his first goal with the club.

The high pressure allowed New York to totally nullify Atlanta’s attack in open play. The home side was only able to threaten on another set piece opportunity. A corner kick in the 68th minute fell to Chavez in the box, who rifled a shot through traffic that Maurer brilliantly saved off the goal line. The rebound fell to Rauwshan McKenzie, but Maurer recovered quickly to knock the defender’s effort out for a corner.

Atlanta’s desperation to grab a goal grew in the dying moments and, as a result, they were burned for the final goal. Substitute Hagop Chirishian was able to find a wide open Fernades in front of goal and the youngster took his time picking out a spot in the back of the net. It was his team-leading eighth goal of the year and first since August 22.

The convincing result moves the Cosmos into the second place spot in the combined standings, only one point behind the league-leading Ottawa Fury. New York will cap off the busy week with a rematch against FC Edmonton, who defeated the Cosmos only a few weeks ago and are still fighting to secure a playoff spot.

  • William

    great win !!!!!!!!!!!!!! great performance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • slowleftarm

      Over a league-owned dead man walking team that’s leaving for MLS in 2017. Great job, you must be so proud.

      • William

        I am very very happy this morning now go crawl back into your dumpster in Harrison next to the bum I gave a Senna jersey to.

        • slowleftarm

          You mean in Harrison where the top team in the top division of US Soccer plays?

          • William

            where ? who ? top team in your mind son

            • slowleftarm

              Look at the standings champ.

              • William

                hey jackass where are the CUPSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ?????????????

      • Larry’sslowlefttesticle

        sorry bout my son’s slowlefttestes **** mouf. he can’t be helping it too muches as he comes from his momma ass an he be spewing **** from his teefers since he been born.

  • smurf040

    Slowleftarm is so busy with the Cosmos, He doesn’t seem to be enjoying the fact that the Redbulls might actually win the big one this year! I don’t get this dude, I’am a NASL Cosmos fan, but I’am also a MLS Redbull’s fan. As long as a New York team wins (except NYCfc. I don’t wish them bad, just don’t follow them that much) And as long as SOCCER as a whole keeps growing in this country, I’am happy! So just relax, and enjoy our teams! Best of luck to both in the playoffs, (and ok,,, NYCfc too)!!! 30 years ago we couldn’t even dream about saying that!

    • slowleftarm

      No issues with following and supporting a minor league team like Cosmos if that’s what someone wants to do. I generally only respond to guys like William who pretend NASL and Cosmos are the level of MLS or better. That’s silly. Just enjoy your minor league team if that’s what you want but no one is pretending the SI Yankees are as good as an MLB team and no one should make believe Cosmos are some huge global club.

      • William’s comment on a COSMOS game: “great win !!!!!!!!!!!!!! great performance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

        And slowleftarm responds: “Over a league-owned dead man walking team that’s leaving for MLS in 2017. Great job, you must be so proud.”

        So say what you will but yes, apparently slowleftarm, a fan of the soda can team, just likes to come on here and troll instead of enjoying the solid season his cross marketing scheme of a soccer franchise is having. He actually waits for some Cosmos fan to be happy that we won in the comments section of a Cosmos game recap to start downloading and spreading his personal life misery on the rest of us.

        • William

          so true thank you Leo for the nice comments I appreciate very much. and

          GOOOOOOO COSMOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!

        • slowleftarm

          Have you noticed William trolling RBNY articles much?

          • William

            right that’s called payback moron wanna do u think you are going come on here and spew your garbage without being countered ? man u have barked up the wrong tree guy I told u I am relentless.

        • Larry’sslowlefttesticle

          sorry bout my son’s slowlefttestes **** mouf. he can’t be helping it too muches as he comes from his momma ass an he be spewing **** from his teefers since he been born.

    • slowleftarm

      Also I am enjoying RBNY’s success this season. I was at the game last night and had a great time. Thanks.

  • Kevin

    I thought Cellerino played very well. We need his presence out there. I wonder scoring 3 goals has anything to do with the fact that the pace was a little quicker without Raul & Senna, though I love them both.

    • William

      I agree Gaston is big and strong on the ball love the compete level last nite from him and the rest of the Cosmos. They were thirsty for that win. They should feel great about last nite. That was the best they have played in about a month.

  • Indeed a good match, but I am betting it’s too little too late. Final in Ottawa (if we get there). ****.

    • William

      Possibly but the Fury have been so hot they have to cool down soon and maybe the Cosmos could jump in front. I think that was a big win last nite restored their confidence. I have a feeling they have been working real hard in practice and it came together for them last nite especially for Cellerino. Props to Seba he works so hard out there and is relentless in his pursuit of the ball and Jimmy was unreal what reflexes. Hate to say it it was mentioned in the broadcast but everything seems to move faster in the middle without Senna. I love Marcos but he spends too much time looking around instead of just reacting. They just reacted last nite and the flow was so much better – it was evident from the first kick of the ball.

  • OpenCupFan

    I heard we had scouts from Barcelona there trying to find out how to be a trillion dollar power franchise just inches away from taking over the world. China and MLS are spying on me. I am probably the biggest loser ever. Never kissed a girl. #naslfoldingbot