Juan Arango Header Salvages Point for Cosmos in Ottawa

Arango Cosmos

by JAKE NUTTING

The New York Cosmos survived a lethargic afternoon in the attack and injuries to Sebastian Guenzatti and captain Carlos Mendes to come away with a valuable point at Ottawa Fury FC.

Juan Arango registered his team-leading 12th goal to erase Ottawa’s lead and move the Cosmos closer toward securing the Fall Season title [11-5-3 Fall Table, 17-5-7 Combined Table].

It was the hosts who produced the most promising opportunities in the opening half at TD Place. Controlling the midfield, Ottawa was able to earn two close chances. An early breakaway in the 11th minute left Thomas Stewart with a shot from the top of the box that required Jimmy Maurer to make a diving save.

Left back David Diosa was then called on at the half hour mark when Maurer allowed a tame cross from Onua Obasi to fly through his hands. Kyle Porter was waiting on the back post to tap the ball in, but Diosa came in to make a pivotal clearance off the line.

The Cosmos delivered a go-ahead goal to their hosts on a silver platter in the 54th minute. Maurer was guilty of the self-inflicted wound after a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Carl Haworth. New York’s keeper attempted to play the ball out of his box with a weak pass to Ruben Bover and Ottawa’s Ryan Williams immediately seized the opportunity. Williams charged on an unsuspecting Bover to win the ball and streaked into the box before slipping a shot between the legs of a sliding Maurer.

With nothing going for the Cosmos in the attack, a point looked well out of the their grasp until Arango came through with an equalizer against the run of the play in the 79th minute.

Substitute Andres Flores helped spark the sequence with a run and cross from the right side of the box that Ottawa’s Timbo failed to properly clear away. The ball fell to Adam Moffat, who scuffed his initial shot but chipped the bounce off the turf toward goal where an unmarked Arango rose to head it straight into the top corner. The goal came off of what was just New York’s second shot on goal of the match.

Once the match was leveled, the Cosmos experienced a bit of a small surge in momentum in the final moments of the match. They began to press Ottawa in their defensive end in search of a go-ahead goal, but none of it amounted to another challenge for Romuald Peiser. Arango was the closest to come to threatening goal when the team earned a stoppage time free kick, 28 yards from Ottawa’s goal. The Venezuelan’s curling effort, though, was a few yards wide right of the frame.

While the Cosmos would have preferred to take all three points to move closer toward clinching the Fall Season title and top seed in the postseason, any point taken on the road in the final weeks of the year could prove critical.

The Cosmos remain on the road next week when they head south to take on Jacksonville Aramada FC.