Cosmos Coast to 4-0 Win Over Miami, Finish Season Unbeaten at Home

Arango Cosmos

by JAKE NUTTING

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – A 3-0 beatdown at the hands of the New York Cosmos on May 7 spurred Miami FC to go on a spending spree the likes of which the modern NASL had never seen. The expansion side’s retooling went well for most of the Fall Season until Saturday night, when they made their first trip up to New York and were promptly scorched for four goals by the Cosmos before the first 45 minutes were over, leading to a 4-0 defeat in Shuart Stadium.

It took just 68 seconds for the Cosmos to land the first blow on their guests. Juan Arango whipped in a cross from the left flank for Jairo Arrieta to head home from the center of the box before Miami’s defense even had a chance to touch the ball.

Miami took more hits when defender Adailton and midfielder Wilson Palacios were forced off with injuries. Rhett Bernstein entered the match for Adailton but Miami burned their final substitution switching him out for Jonny Steele at halftime after a disastrous shift.

Rattled by the early concession, Miami’s defensive unit crumbled in the 8th minute to gift Yohandry Orozco with an open-net tally. An errant clearance from Hunter Freeman fell straight to the feet of Orozco outside the penalty area and the winger quickly took advantage of poor positioning from keeper Daniel Vega to chip the ball across the line.

The wheels officially came off Miami’s wagon in the 31st minute as Arango netted his third set-piece goal in the last two matches. The Venezuelan recorded his team-leading 15th goal of the year with a perfectly-placed strike that just cleared the wall and bested Vega.

New York’s fourth and final tally came five minutes later when Orozco was left unchecked to run from the right wing to the center of the field before slipping a 25-yard strike into the bottom right corner.

Miami had a glimmer of hope of getting back into the match six minutes into the second half. Dario Cvitanich fed a through ball to Vincenzo Rennella on the left side of the six-yard box, but the attacker skied his attempt well over the bar.

The rest of the match was a comfortable ride to victory for the Cosmos, who finished the year with an unbeaten record at home with the emphatic result. With another three points, the Cosmos also became the first NASL team in the modern era to surpass 60 points in a single season.

The Cosmos will close out the regular season next week with a road trip to Minnesota United FC.