Season, Over: Cosmos fall to Scorpions in extra time

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SAN ANTONIO, TX. – The New York Cosmos fell to the San Antonio Scorpions for the fourth time this year.

This time, however, it cost them a shot at hosting the NASL Championship match.

A Minnesota United loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers gave the Cosmos a chance to defend their title in Long Island, but the Scorpions had other ideas. With minutes left in extra time, Walter Restrepo sent a point blank shot off of Jimmy Maurer that caromed off the keeper, hitting Carlos Mendes and gently floating into goal.

That was enough for the Scorpions to advance, hosting this year’s title match against the Strikers at Toyota Park, and ending the Cosmos title hopes.

“Everybody put in a great effort,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese after the match. “At the end, we still had some chances, and tried to get back into the game. But it was unfortunate how it ended.”

The Cosmos went up in the 16th minute thanks to a Mads Stokkelien goal. The Norwegian striker followed a lofted ball in the box from left back Ayoze, nodding home the chance past New York City FC loanee, Josh Saunders.

The Scorpions answered two minutes later. Rafael Castillo sliced through the Cosmos defense, getting a clear shot on Maurer, forcing the Cosmos keeper into a save. The rebound, however, landed perfectly at his feet and Castillo would make it count, lofting a shot just past the reach of a diving Ayoze for the tying goal.

The Cosmos caught a break in the 29th minute with Scorpions captain Adrian Cann leaving the match injured. Josue Soto entered in his stead.

In spite of the setback, San Antonio took control of the ball leading into the second half, where they earned the better chances between both sides. Maurer bester Greg Janicki to a header and saved a second attempted Olympico by Cesar Elizondo. The Cosmos would only have a Marcos Senna free kick to tout, a brilliant laser of an attempt that forced Saunders into a save.

New York opened the extra time session with a glorious chance. Stokkelien broke the Scorpions offside trap, and beat Saunders to the right post, but his attempt skipped wide of frame.

Restrepo made sure his shot count in the second, with his shot bouncing from Maurer, to Mendes and into the net.

The Cosmos pressured late in the match but could not find the back of the net, ending their season in a disappointing 2-1 loss.

“We had the confidence and belief we could be in the final,” said Savarese. “But we have to start looking to the next season and keep working. I’m very proud of the guys and their effort.”

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  • Andrew Bissonette

    I find it delicious when the Cosmos lose. No trophy this year.

  • slowleftarm

    Wait, I thought Hempstead Cosmos were too big for MLS. They were going to win the US Open Cup and then the CONCACAF Champions League. This result would seem to indicate they are a run of the mill second division side that plays at a college stadium with crowds of 3k to 4k, and that’s before NYCFC starts competing in the market.

    What delusional and arrogant excuses will the Hempstead supporters have now?

  • LOL

    Going by “Mos” fanboy logic, they’ve lost to NYCFC since Josh Saunders is on loan with the Scorpions.

  • Kevin

    U guys seem to waste a lot of time and energy on a team u don’t seem to care about.