New York Cosmos Knock Off Minnesota 1-0

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by JAKE NUTTING

A stunning volley finish from David Diosa was the best effort on net the New York Cosmos could produce on Saturday against Minnesota United FC, but it was ultimately all they needed thanks to two top class saves from Jimmy Maurer in the second half to secure the result.

As has been the case for the Cosmos nearly every match at home this year, they enjoyed the bulk of possession. Their finishing did not come quite as easily, though, as Minnesota’s defensive unit remained organized to hold the Cosmos off in the first 30 minutes.

A moment of brilliance from Diosa in the 32nd minute helped the Cosmos find a way to break through the deadlock. Midfielder Ruben Bover bypassed the back line entirely with a terrific cross into the box for Diosa to run onto. Rather than bring the ball to ground, Diosa elected to pick it out of the air with a volley back across goal that flew by keeper Sammy Ndjock’s shoulder and nestled into the side netting.

Minnesota came within inches of an equalizer only four minutes after Diosa’s strike on a set piece opportunity. Winger Lance Laing drilled a powerful free kick from just outside the box past Maurer, but his effort clanged off the crossbar and back into play. The Cosmos had trouble clearing the ball from danger and Laing would have had another look on net if he had managed to stay onside for the pass.

Lucky Mkosana sparked New York’s final scoring opportunity of the first half when he stripped Minnesota’s captain Aaron Pitchkoan of the ball 25 yards from goal and raced inside the box. Mkosna, though, took too long deciding whether to dish to Adam Moffat or shoot himself and ended up firing a shot right into the arms of Ndjock.

The Loons charged out of the halftime break to give the Cosmos defense their biggest challenge of the night up to that point. Maurer managed to push an initial shot from Laing inside the box wide, but the attacker pursued the rebound to earn a second chance. Laing looked to take advantage of the open net but was denied by a last-second slide to block the shot.

Minnesota picked up steam in the final stages and would have found an equalizer or perhaps more if not for a two standout saves from Maurer on the league’s leading scorer Christian Ramirez. Ramirez’s first high quality attempt came in the 71st minute as he stuck a half volley on net that required Maurer to push over the bar with his fingertips. Ramirez earned Minnesota’s final look on goal in the 85th minute when he was totally unmarked on the left side of the box. The forward collected the ball and rocketed a shot toward the far post, but Maurer stood his ground with an outstanding stop.

The win guarantees that the Cosmos remain atop the Fall Season and combined standings for another week. With wins over Indy and Minnesota in hand, the Cosmos now prepare for a home match against second-place FC Edmonton.

 

  • Kvbt

    Important win. Keep it up, Cosmos!

  • Rest of World

    This team is on a nice run.
    Finding ways to win.

  • Leo Glickman

    Love Diosa. Jackson Heights’ finest!

  • Kevin

    A great game by Maurer

  • smurf040

    Fantastic win! Now lets do the same with Edmonton and we should have a little breathing room to get the younger players some game time! and rest the “old” guys!

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