Cosmos End NASL Fall Season With Win

The Cosmos defeated the Silverbacks 1-0 Saturday night but will have to do it again to win silverware.

BY CHRISTIAN ARAOS
Staff Writer

The New York Cosmos ended the NASL Fall Season on a high note with a 1-0 win against the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Cosmos recorded their ninth win of the season despite the fact they rested several starters ahead of next Saturday’s Soccer Bowl against the Silverbacks.

Henry Lopez scored the lone goal in the 34th minute for the Cosmos as he controlled a loose ball in the Silverbacks’ box and half volleyed it past goalkeeper Cody Mizell. It was Lopez’s second goal of the season in only his fourth appearance of the season. He was one of ten players who were included by Assistant Coach Carlos Llamosa who replaced coach Giovanni Savarese who was serving a one-game touchline ban.

Silverbacks Head Coach Brian Haynes made eight changes to the lineup that lost 4-0 to the Carolina RailHawks but each team had one of their regular players leave the game injured. Silverbacks defender Martyn Lancaster left the game less than 20 minutes into the first half with an ankle injury while Cosmos midfielder Joseph Nane had to be stretchered off late in the second half favoring his left leg. Neither Haynes or Llamosa could elaborate on their player’s injury after the game.

The majority of the game had the feel of an NFL Preseason Game as both teams generated few chances for much of the game. The tempo was slow for most of the game until the Silverbacks began to push for an equalizer in the second half. Haynes expressed concern at his team’s performance during the game and at their late season form as the Silverbacks have lost their last three games.

The Cosmos will head to the Soccer Bowl with the league’s best record for the Fall Season an 11-game unbeaten streak that extends all the way back to August 24. They received the welcome addition of Jemal Johnson who made his first appearance of the season in the second half. Johnson had suffered a preseason knee injury that made it very unlikely that he would be able to play at all during the season.

The two teams will play in the Soccer Bowl next Saturday at Atlanta Silverbacks Park at 7:30 p.m. That game is available on ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.


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