Cosmos Fall 1-0 to CD FAS in El Salvador


by Deny Gallagher
Staff Writer

On an evening that saw the pride of El Salvador Andres Flores return to his homeland, the New York Cosmos fell to CD FAS 1-0 in front of over 25,000 at Estadio Cuscaltan.

The first opportunity of the night came in the 19th minute when the hosts earned themselves a free kick from about 30 yards out. The effort on frame called Jimmy Mauer into action, but the match remained scoreless after 20 minutes of play.

The deadlock was soon broken, as CD FAS went a goal up in the 24th minute off a great passage of play down the right flank. Dustin Corea was able to get on the end of a searching ball and was able to find the back of the net from close range.

Down a goal, the Cosmos looked to get back on level terms.

Less than 10 minutes later, the fans got their moneys worth as Marcos Senna chipped the ball into the box, finding the head of Raul in a dangerous area. The former Spanish international’s header would be denied by the Luis Contreras to keep the score at 1-0.

CD FAS would head to locker room after the first 45 minutes with a 1-nil advantage.

The hosts had an opportunity to extend their lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute off a failed clearance by the Cosmos. The ball found its way to the feet of Jose Henriquez whose shot went just wide of the post.

Andres Flores, who was wearing the captain’s armband for the friendly, exited the match to thunderous applause from his fellow countrymen in the 62nd minute.

The Cosmos received a boost in the 61st minute, with FAS midfielder Juan Carlos Moscoso seeing his second yellow of the match, resulting in his ejection.

Two minutes later, the Cosmos had another opportunity to equalize off a corner. The corner found the newly signed Adam Moffat, but the former Houston Dynamo midfielder’s header went wide.

In the 79th minute, FAS had another opportunity to extend their lead as a cross found Roberto Carlos Pena at the penalty spot. However, the header would go wide, keeping the Cosmos hopes of getting something out of this one alive.

The Cosmos last opportunity of note came in the 87th minute with an ambitious effort from Senna, but the long-range strike would sail over the crossbar.

When the final whistle blew it was CD FAS 1 New York Cosmos 0.

The result is the Cosmos first loss of the preseason. They now head to New York before traveling to Bradenton, Florida for the final phase of preseason.

Raul and the New York Cosmos’ regular season begins on April 4th in Fort Lauderdale against the Strikers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

  • Chepe pedos

    Fantastic crowd, good game, cosmos had more opportunities and the ball more. But just couldn’t score. After all good game, great crowd, and the cosmos just won many more fans, and brought the name back . They are still famous here since the seventies

  • Chepe pedos

    About 30,000 people for the game

  • brad

    Let’s be honest they came to see Raul…

  • Viva Cosmos

    How many teams in MLS have have had a preseason like cosmos.
    Galaxy and who else.
    I know they want to see Raul but at least they are doing things that half of MLS teams are not doing.

  • slowleftarm

    Wow even RBNY reserves managed a 0-0 draw at FAS. More minor league stuff from Hempstead Cosmos but what else would expect from a minor league team?

  • Lyon

    I wouldn’t be talking minor league too loudly my friend the way the RB pro soccer impersonators have been looking lately

    • Kevin

      come on slowleftarm. Being a Red Bull fan why bother wasting your time on the “minor league” cosmos. Ur team is the big leagues, worry about them. And from what I read your reserves (in front of 11000) needed to win that game not tie it. This was a friendly, nothing more.

      • Alphonse Diablo

        USOC… Cosmos 3:0 NYRB.

        • slowleftarm

          I was disappointed the organization didn’t care about the open cup and fielded a scrub team that couldn’t even beat Hempstead Cosmos. It was embarrassing and hopefully RBNY will take minor league teams a little more seriously in future. The most annoying part of the loss is Hempstead fanboys constantly bringing it up like it means something. You went out next round to the first MLS team that took the competition seriously. Nothing to brag about really.

  • Against Modern Football

    ??? How’d the U.S. Open cup go for the Redbulls this year?

    • Viva Cosmos

      C’mon let’s be honest. After watching NYC on Sunday, I have to admit and red bull and cosmos are in trouble.
      Who will lose fans and become less supported and it would be red bull.
      Red bull has everything to be big but their name and owner are not what MLS fans want. Cosmos, well they play in NASL and have a small stadium and play away from the gold mine of fans.
      For now NYC will dominate the New York market until red bull rebrand and cosmos decide to move to MLS or they get their stadium done or move closer to NYC.

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