Ledesma Rescues a Point for Cosmos in Edmonton

Edmonton's Daryl Fordyce slips a goal past New York Cosmos keeper Jimmy Maurer in Friday's 1-1 draw. Photograph, NASL

Cosmos logoAn outstanding second-half strike from Emmanuel Ledesma helped the New York Cosmos (1-1-1, 4 points Fall; 7-5-7, 28 Combined) avoid a second straight loss and salvage a valuable away point at FC Edmonton (1-1-1, 4 Fall; 5-12-2, 17 Combined) on Friday night.

The first half was even in possession and most other areas, but the Eddies were the ones who created the better scoring chances.

Tomi Ameobi was a thorn in the side of keeper Jimmy Maurer and the rest of New York’s defense throughout the opening half. The forward forced Maurer into a tough save just eight minutes into the match with a blast from the edge of the box.

Ameobi also found success connecting with long balls played by into New York’s defensive third. He slipped by the back line for the first time in the 23rd minute and poked a shot through Maurer’s legs that rolled a yard wide of the post. 13 minutes later, Ameobi came closer  to finding the back of the net with another counter attack that culminated with a rocketed shot that clanged off the outside of the near post.

The Eddies succeeded in finding the go-ahead goal seconds before the break. Midfielder Ben Fisk sparked the goal by lifting a dangerous ball from the left wing to the front of New York’s for Ameobi, who got his head on the service. Ameobi’s header bounced down toward the opposite post for the feet of Daryl Fordyce, who cleaned up the chance to notch his first goal since re-signing with Edmonton last month.

After zipping a long-range effort right into the chest of keeper Tyson Farago shortly before the break, Ledesma was more precise with his next effort. In the 66th minute, Ryan Richter’s shot was blocked and then collected by Ledesma, who poked the ball away from an oncoming defender to create space. With the the small window from 20 yards out, Ledesma hammered the ball inside the near post past a helpless Farago. The goal was Ledesma’s team-leading sixth of the season.

Ledesma exited the match with a knock not long after his equalizer. The match remained open without the Argentine, but scoring opportunities were harder to come by for both teams as the physicality increased. Four yellow cards were issued in the final ten minutes of the match as players pushed to create one more chance in the dying moments.

The Cosmos return to MCU Park next Saturday to host Indy Eleven (1-1-0, 3 Fall; 5-5-8, 23 Combined).