Cosmos rally to down Scorpions 2-1

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The New York Cosmos keep finding new ways to win.

After falling behind briefly against the visiting San Antonio Scorpions, New York scored a goal at stoppage time of the first and managed an own goal minutes into the second half to walk out of Hofstra with a 2-1 win in front of 4,006 fans.

Goals from Leo Fernandes and an own goal off of Brad Rusin from a Hunter Freeman free kick erased a first half Milton Palacios goal to keep the Cosmos undefeated in five matches (3-2-0). New York are now 3-3-1 in the Fall season, climbing to fifth place with 12 points on the season.

Led by Assistant coach Carlos Llamosa, who was leading the club in place of the suspended Giovanni Savarese, the Cosmos put the pressure on San Antonio in the first half but were unable to break down the Scorpions defense. The Cosmos best chance came in the 40th minute with Fernandes pouncing on an Adam Moffat rebound, but his attempt was called offside.

Minutes later, the match broke open. Palacios ended the deadlock with a stoppage time goal — only to have Cosmos winger Leo Fernandes latch onto a Raul shot that pinged off the crossbar, heading home the equalizer and sending the match tied into the second stanza. The goal was Fernandes’ sixth of the season.

Two minutes into the second half, a threatening Hunter Freeman free kick appeared to be headed towards Lucky Mkosana but defender Rusin tapped into his own net to give the Cosmos the lead. Ayoze nearly made it a two goal cushion in the 64th minute, latching onto a Mkosana feed and one-timing his shot wide.

With the match out of reach, former Cosmos midfielder Joseph Nane let out some frustration on the returning Marcos Senna, earning a red card for a foolish tackle at midfield. With the man advantage in the dying minutes, the Cosmos never looked back, securing the much-needed victory.

The Cosmos remain undefeated at home this season, but will test their ability on the road this week, facing the struggling Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed on August 22nd at 7:30 p.m. ET.

  • Pirlo the heart attack waiting to happen

    Is smoking allowed at the Cosmos joint? Man I need a cig. And a cognac.

    • send over the RFP

      if Shuart was 420 friendly maybe I’d make the switch from NYC

      • Larry’s A Simpleton

        place is so empty you could probably spark one up and no one would notice.

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    4006? lol

    Certainly that’s a typo and the world famous cosmos drew 40006 to shuart stadium.

  • Rebel Fighter

    Consistently disappointing attendance #’s. If it weren’t for the local kids enrolled in the soccer camps the attendance #’s would be even lower. Plain and simple just a horrible location. With the Islanders moving doubt that the state would approve the Cosmos bid for a stadium. Brooklyn would be a good locale and the closing of the Izod Center next to MetLife would be a better alternative. Belmont? Really?

    • send over the RFP

      in what universe would the Meadowlands be a good location? that would be even worse than where they are now

      • Rebel Fighter

        Pretty sure the boy’s in the Cosmos front office are looking at the Meadowlands and other areas in NYC. Anywhere on Long Island is destined for failure.

  • Enjoyed, but disappointed

    Had a good time at the game. Cosmos were sharp, fast and crisp with their passing. Better than some MLS teams (blue… cough, cough…). Clear point of attack and solid game plan.

    Attendance was a big disappointment. Long Islanders are doing a poor job supporting this team. I’m not talking about those in attendance including the supporters, who were great. I’m talking about the no-shows. I saw more people jogging on Rt27 than I saw at the game. Promotions look solid. Staff was very pleasant. LI couldn’t support the Islanders and looks like the same for the Cosmos. The Hempstead sports area is indifferent at best.

    On the plus side, it was cool when dozens of students from Berkeley College merged with the supporters behind the south end zone. I joined myself and had a great time!

    Liked the NPSL trophy presentation at the half.

    The stadium PA sound is HORRIBLE! Could not hear anything the guy was saying.

    Met Gio after the match. Seemed like a very nice guy.

    • slowleftarm

      Please. NYYFC are laughable but Hempstead Cosmos are not at the level of any MLS team. They wouldn’t get 20 points in a full MLS season. Although presumably they’d draw a few more fans to the lacrosse stadium in the top flight.

      • Enjoyed..

        You missed the point.

        • trollleftarm

          That’s what he does. He just says the same thing over and over.

          • slowleftarm

            Not really accurate. Hempstead fans say the same thing over and over – that their team is somehow better than MLS teams and I generally respond the same way – by laughing.

            • jimbo

              Blah blah, Hempstead, blah blah, straw man argument, where you have religious obligation to correct all Cosmos fans with “incorrect” ideas, etc., etc. Same junk, different thread.

              I don’t see you correcting MLS fans who say over and over that it’s world class, compared even to Liga MX.

              Like what you like, and don’t be a dope, would be my advice. But you are unlikely to take it.

    • Alan Smithee

      Berkeley College Ultras FTW.

  • Kevin

    Needed this win. I thought San Antonio did a terrible job on the attack in the 2nd half. Let the Cosmos control the clock the whole time. And Nane shouldn’t have been given a red. Yellow yes but not a straight up red

  • freewilly

    Funny how american football fans worry more about the attendance than what kind of product is on the field….. Saw an MLS match last night, sell out crowd but very poor low level soccer on the field…. At least a so call “second division team ” provides a better product on the field than 95 percent of MLS clubs ..

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      In your dreams. That’s a dumb statement to make even by EOS standards.

      • trollleftarm

        With you and slowleftarm here, there are no standards.

    • slowleftarm

      I thought the thrashing at RBA put an end to this “cosmos are as good as MLS teams” nonsense. The Cosmos roster (other than the 40 year old Spaniards) is a bunch of MLS rejects – i.e. players not good enough or no longer good enough for MLS. How can they be better than an MLS team? Use your head.

    • Rebel Fighter

      You do understand you are selling a product. Your product may be good but if no one buy’s, guess what? Over and out.

  • freewilly

    7 ex MLS PLAYERS, 8 who have played top level football , 2 over the age of 35 , 3 total over the age of 30 ,couple of unknown talented over looked players . not a bad start…. For a so call ” second division team “…. Redbulls won the match ,but cosmos play better , like it or not ….

    • slowleftarm

      You’re making my point. Cosmos has 7 ex MLS players who are ex MLS players because they weren’t good enough to play in MLS any more so they signed with a lower division club. Not sure how you could prefer yesterday’s win over some minor league team in front of 4k to the kind of performance RBNY put on last night.

      • Scott

        Mendes probabley could not cut it in the MLS anymore due to his age and decrease in speed and mobility but, Freeman, Szetela, and Moffat will continue to get offers from MLS teams every off season and last I checked Fernandes might be regaining Unions interest after this strong NASL campaign. I don’t know what you are looking at but, just because they are “ex MLS” players does not mean they couldn’t play there. The Cosmos could easily compete with the bottom half of the league. Would be a big challenge with the rest of the league.

        • slowleftarm

          Actually the fact they are ex MLS players means they couldn’t get an offer there. Why would they drop down to a minor league willingly if they could play in the top flight. Look at Herc as an example. He was rumored to be signing with Cosmos but as soon as an MLS team was interested he signed there even though he’ll probably just be a sub. When guys can’t make it any more in the first division they often move down. This happens all over the world.

          • Scott

            Yes it does. But yet Szetela continues to reject offers from MLS clubs to stay with the Cosmos. That’s my point.

  • Larry’s slow left arm is a simpleton

    It’s funny

    I hate the Cosmos.

    I hatw the NASL.

    I hate long Island.

    And yet…

    I long to be swaddled in Cosmos jerseys and fed by Raul.

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      you must be new. I want to dance naked at a pirlo party and play twister with lampard. get your facts straight jerk.

      • The Realist

        A self described Simpleton is calling another guy a jerk.

        I love NYCFC fans. They are almost as amusing as watching Pirlo try not to have a heart attack after the 75th minute.

        • Larry’s A Simpleton

          you could say the same about f.cosmos watching washed up players like raul and senna too, but then again that would be a lie since shuart stadium is always empty. if senna were a dog they would have put him to sleep already.

  • OpenCupFan

    Mls snobs, hilarious – like mls is good or something. mls isn’t even the top league on the continent and it only has one competitor. Hilarious. One competitor!
    .
    #bushleaguemls
    .
    Remember when mls gave its a team a whole month to prepare for one game against a LigaMX team and then got wrecked in the game. Wrecked!
    .
    #bushleaguemls
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    Support your local independent soccer clubs!

    • slowleftarm

      It wasn’t a whole month and they actually had the lead in the second half of that game. Remind me how Hempstead Cosmos did in the Champions League? Oh that’s right they don’t let minor league teams in that competition.

  • Kevin

    HOw did the Red Bulls do in the Champions league?
    Oh thats right you’ve won the Supporters Shield, there’s no where else to go from there.