New York Cosmos suffer night of forgettable firsts v. Railhawks

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When you are an expansion side like the New York Cosmos, you break ground with every play and every new situation. Everything is a first.

Against the Carolina Railhawks, the team suffered a handful of “firsts” they would much rather forget.

The Railhawks nearly ran away with the Spring Championship and were the lone NASL team to reach the quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup play this year. They demonstrated their class against the Cosmos who were brought back down to earth by one of the league’s class teams.

Here are a few unwanted firsts from Saturday’s 3-0 loss:

The Railhawks handed New York their first loss of the NASL season in a 3-0 thumping at Wake Med.

Historically, this is the club’s first loss in 29 years. Their last defeat – also on the road – came September 15, 1984 in Chicago against the Sting (also a shutout – 1-0).

Consequently, it is also the first loss in the head coaching career of Giovanni Savarese.

The Cosmos have now been held scoreless through 180 minutes of play, earning them their first scoreless streak of the “reboot” era.

Joseph Nane became the first player to get ejected for the club due to a pair of yellow card infractions.

It was the first time the club played a man down.

Sebastian Guenzatti became the first player to be out-right ejected from the match thanks to his late-game tackle.

It was the first time the club played with only nine players on the field.

Brian Ackley made the Cosmos feel their first ever penalty-kick against, running the score up to 3-0.

For the first time, the Cosmos also played to just over four thousand fans, meaning it was the first time the club did not play to a sellout crowd this year.