Cosmos play Indy Eleven to scoreless draw as Raul watches on

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED
Staff Writer

The Cosmos streak of disappointing results against Indy Eleven continued with a scoreless draw at Hofstra on Saturday night.

Despite dominating possession and having the best scoring opportunities in both halves, New York once again was the slighted side in front of 6,225 fans at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

The first half saw Andres Flores come extremely close to breaking the deadlock with a missed header in the eleventh minute. That was followed by another fantastic opportunity that was cleared off of the line by a diligent Kyle Hyland. The second half saw Indy Eleven goaltender Nicht become the hero as he stopped an almost guaranteed freekick goal from Marcos Senna in the seventy-sixth minute.

The rest of the game fell somewhat flat with the Cosmos gaining a few corners but being unable to make anything of it.

As the former Real Madrid star Raul watched from a luxury box, he must have felt that there was something he could add to this team. The midfield was extremely solid, moving the ball fluidly and cutting apart the Indy defense at almost every turn. Unfortunately, that fine play fell short in the final third once again for the Cosmos ,who were shut out for the first time since August sixth.

Once again, Giovanni Savarese seemed to have no answer for the team’s lack of offense. His substitutions of Stefan Dimitrov created little more than continued frustration as Indy’s back line stood tall against a continuing New York onslaught.

The draw leaves the Cosmos with eighteen points on the season; a total that is good enough for fifth but a far cry from where they were one year prior. The team showed strong signs of regaining that form with the return of Senna and Roversio to the line up, but still lacked that killer punch to put teams away.

With this draw, Indy Eleven make it three points in three games against New York all year. Each result has left the Cosmos with a sense of disappointment — especially since the new NASL franchise has been bleeding goals to far lesser squads.

If anything can be taken from this game, it is that the team stopped a streak of three straight games surrendering a goal. It is also the first time that New York managed to keep a clean sheet against the Indy Eleven.

Next week the Cosmos continue their homestand against the Ottawa Fury, a team that they’ve had far more success against this year. With only four games remaining, New York still has a firm hold of third place in the playoffs but will need to find a way to stop bleeding points as Carolina grows dangerously closer to pulling even their rivals.