Duk brace, penalty heroics lift Cosmos over Eibar

Lucky Diosa Cuba Cosmos

by DAVE MARTINEZ

A throwaway midseason friendly turned out to be a thrilling encounter for the New York Cosmos.

A Yasmani Duk brace led a come-from-behind performance for the Cosmos against La Liga side, Eibar, leading to a penalty kick victory for New York. David Diosa nailed the final shot to put the Cosmos on top 7-6 in the PK stanza.

“We certainly enjoyed playing this friendly match against Eibar,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “Both teams tried to play an open match and that allowed space to be creative. La Liga is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, and exposing our players to this kind of opponent was a great experience for them.”

The Cosmos fielded a roster of starters, bench players and trialists, including former NYCFC centerback Kwame Watson Siriboe. David Ochieng and Roversio lined up at centerback, with David Diosa rounding out the backline. Cosmos-B players Kyle McTurk and Kevin Tenjo were also on the bench for the side.

The Cosmos fell 2-0 in the first ten minutes behind goals from Gonzalo Escalante in the third minute and a freakish Antonio Luna strike in the ninth minute of play.

But a brilliant service from Sebastian Guenzatti helped the Cosmos back into the match just three minutes later. Spotting Yasmani Duk unmarked and streaking to the far post, Guenzatti let loose a cross that fell right at the temple of Duk for the goal. Juan Arango continued his uptick in play nailing a long-distance shot off the post in the 30th minute.

The Cosmos continued their surge in the second half and found goal in the 53rd minute. Once again, it was Duk heading home a cross, this time from Jairo Arrieta, to put the Cosmos at level.

With the match tied at regulation, the teams went into a penalty shootout. Brian Holt came up big in the third stanza on a save to keep New York in the match. Keko Gontan nailed his PK off the crossbar in the seventh round of PKs, leaving David Diosa to play hero for the Cosmos, slotting home the game winner.

The Cosmos now leave Las Vegas and the confines of Sam Boyd Stadium, returning to Shuart stadium for their match against expansion side, Rayo OKC on Saturday, May 28.

  • Fun game to watch. Nice to see them play against a La Liga opponent. Interesting to see how they will be with playing 3 games basically in a week, including a US Open Cup game

  • smurf040

    Great to see Rovers back! It’s always fun to watch the Cosmos play, I always have confidence that no matter how many goals this team is down by that they’ll always find a way to fight back and get back into the game. I just wish they can all get healthy and have full strength squad in time for the U.S. Open Cup. But first we need to win these two last matches and put presure on the loons and the 11!!!