New York Cosmos Lose At Hofstra For First Time In History

Christian Araos
Staff Writer

UNIONDALE, NY – There is not a lot the New York Cosmos have not done in either of its incarnations, and Saturday night, that list dwindled even more.

The Cosmos lost for the first time in 26 games regular season games at Shuart Stadium — a record dating back to 1973 — bested by the San Antonio Scorpions 1-0.

The Scorpions took the lead in the 15th minute. Danny Barrera cut through three Cosmos defenders before firing a right-footed shot that Jimmy Maurer could only redirect into the path of an unmarked Eric Hassli. The former MLS DP headed it into the vacated goal for the lead.

The Scorpions spent the rest of the first half dropped deep into their third, letting the Cosmos have the majority of the possession, but the hosts only mustered two shots on goal.

The Cosmos dominated possession and had the lion’s share of the chances in the second half, but their poor finishing proved costly as 16 of their 21 shots were off target. The Cosmos ended the night with 12 corners, but were frustrated by the Scorpions’ zonal marking on set pieces. Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese also credited San Antonio’s defense on a yeoman’s effort but felt his side could have done a little more in the final third.

“I think [the Scorpions] came here to pack it up and see what they would get,” Savarese said. “I think we could have been more mobile up front. I think we needed to be more patient to get them to be a little wider…I think we needed to be more savvy in some situations.”

Despite the landmark loss, the Cosmos were in good spirits afterwards. Defender Hunter Freeman admitted this loss was an unlucky one for the Cosmos, who fall off the top of the table as the Spring Season passes the one-third mark. The defender said the Cosmos can take a lot of positives out of the loss.

“I think it was evident that we were the better team,” Freeman said. “We dominated and created chances, had good service, got on the end of it but we couldn’t get that finish. They did a good job of bodying guys, so even if they were winning headers, they couldn’t power them or it threw them off just enough so that it would go wide.”

Savarese added if the two teams met nine times more, the result would favor the Cosmos more times than not. Midfielder Marcos Senna had a golden opportunity in stoppage time to grab a share of the points when the Cosmos earned a free kick on the edge of the area. However, Senna’s free kick was blocked by the wall. Although the Cosmos would have a second free kick opportunity through Ayoze, his shot redirected behind in what was the game’s final action as referee Mark Geiger blew the whistle before the Cosmos could take the corner.

Senna said it was sad the Cosmos lost but he is aware that there are more games to come.

“We don’t have time to dwell on losses,” Senna said. “We have to keep working hard because we’re doing a good job and I trust in this team that we’re going to keep moving forward.”

The Cosmos will head down to North Carolina to take on the Carolina RailHawks, the only team that defeated them last fall, next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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