Cosmos keep positive despite disappointing loss

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After an overwhelming assault on the San Antonio Scorpions’ defense, the New York Cosmos could not find goal, taking a disheartening and historic loss in front of a sparse crowd at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

While the result was as grey as the clouds over Nassau County, the Cosmos remained positive after the match.

“Tonight was a game we completely dominated,” said head coach Giovanni Savarese. “We had the most possession and created a few chances.”

The scorecard reflects the coach’s case. The Cosmos maintained 57% of possession, outshooting their opponents by a whopping 21-5 margin.

Still, the only stat that matters — the scoreline — escaped their grasp.

“We can take a lot of positives out of the game — other than the result on the scoreboard,” team leader Hunter Freeman said. “I think it was evident we were the better team, dominated, created chances, had good services, got on the end of it, but couldn’t get [that final goal]. They did a good job of bodying guys. Even if [we] were winning headers, they couldn’t get enough power or it threw them off enough for the ball to go over or wide.”

The Scorpions were more than happy to take a defensive stance, particularly after earning a surprising lead early in the match.

“I think they came here to back it up and see what happens and they were able to find a goal to allow them to be more conservative,” Savarese notes.

Their negative football worked as well as anything Chelsea could muster in their late season run at the Premiership title. San Antonio kept it simple, disciplined — and ugly — for the remainder of the match.

“They defended well,” Marcos Senna said. “They came to the game to score early and defend and I think they played their game. They took the game away from us, and they got away with it.

“I respect the opposition, and I don’t want to take anything away from them, but I think we understand this happens in football.”

The Cosmos boss echoed Senna’s sentiments.

“I leave this game with a better feeling than when we won 4-0,” Savarese noted. “We played good soccer. We were very good; we just needed to be more aggressive in the box.”

Like last season, New York found their first loss in their third game. This week, they face the team that dealt them defeat last season. The Carolina Railhawks beat New York 3-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park last season — the venue for this weeks encounter.

Following a painful loss at home, Freeman sees this as a poetic opportunity to turn the team’s fortunes around.

“We have a tough match against Carolina,” he says. “I know the guys will be up for it because that is the team we lost to last year.

“No better place to go than where we had a bad memory,” he concludes. “We’ll try to make a good one and get back to the winning ways we are used to.”


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