Int’l Roundup: Cosmos, Red Bulls, NYCFC players in action

Mix Duk Kemar Red Bulls NYCFC Cosmos

by DAVE MARTINEZ

While two of the three professional New York men’s soccer teams were out of action this weekend, all three sides had players representing their clubs on the international level.

Here is a look at how each fared:

NEW YORK CITY FC

While Khiry Shelton went unused in the opening leg of the U.S. Men’s National Team U-23 series against Colombia, Mix Diskerud saw action for the Men’s senior team.

Unfortunately for the Norwegian-American playmaker, it was a less than memorable outing.

Diskerud was yanked at the half after a disappointing showing against Guatemala. His biggest contribution played against his own side as Diskerud lost his marker on a shambolic defensive effort which allowed Los Chapines to jump ahead of the USMNT — a lead they would never lose.

Criticism has been sharp of Diskerud following the debacle, though blame should also fall with the players and coaching staff, particularly for the club’s ineffectual defending. While Diskerud clearly lost his marker on the goal, no one was defending the far post — and that is where Guatemala exposed the United States.

While his teammates struggled, Ronald Matarrita found himself a part of a promising result against Jamaica — a 1-1 draw. Los Ticos packed the defense with five on the backline. Jamaica, however, broke them down early, finding a sliver of space behind the NYCFC defender for the opening goal. Costa Rica answered back minutes later to take the match into halftime 1-1. Matarrita was subbed off in the 56th minute. However, the Ticos managed to hold on to the draw.

NEW YORK COSMOS

Both Andres Flores and Yasmani Duk saw action off the bench for their respective international teams this week.

El Salvador played to a 2-2 draw against Honduras at Estadio Custcatclan. Andy Najar found an open Nelson Bonilla for the extra time equalizer. Flores entered the match in the 78th minute.

Meanwhile, Yasmani Duk entered as a second half substitute for Bolivia and immediately made an impact, assisting on the tying goal to make it 2-2 in the 62nd minute. Colombia, however, pulled out a victory in extra time on an Edwin Cardona goal.

NEW YORK RED BULLS

The legend of Kemar Lawrence continues to grow as the Jamaican fullback assisted the opening goal in an otherwise disappointing 1-1 draw against Costa Rica. The Red Bulls defender sent a cross in from 40 yards out that kissed the head of fellow-MLSer Je’Vaughn Watson, beating Keylor Navas to goal. Jhonny Acosta found the game tying goal in the second half.

Anatole Abang entered the Cameroon, South Africa match with his side down a goal in the 59th minute. Cameroon tied the match minutes later and walked out of the Stade Omnisport with a draw.

Long a Benito Floro favorite, Karl Ouimette did not see the field in a 3-0 Canada defeat at the hands of Mexico.


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