Late Goal Sinks Cosmos at Scorpions

IMAGE, NEW YORK COSMOS

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
Staff Writer

A late scramble in the box after a corner kick in stoppage time leads to the only goal of the game as the Scorpions defeat the Cosmos 1-0 to become the 2014 Fall Champions.

A draw between Minnesota and Carolina gave San Antonio a chance to claim the season trophy with all three points. Drama swirled around the game as it seemed destined to be a draw. The Cosmos had the better chances throughout the game but couldn’t find the killer touch to take the lead at any point.

As expected Giovanni Savarese sent out a somewhat weaker squad with Marcos Senna (out with a suspension), Danny Mwanga and Carlos Mendes all missing from the starting line up. Still, New York put a formidable team on the pitch and looked the better side through the first forty-five minutes. The second half saw more of the same with more fouls creating a stop-and-start atmosphere to the run of play. The most notable moment saw the Scorpions crowd give Hans Denissen a warm welcome back to his old home where he was runner up in goal scoring just one year prior.

In the end, the game was given three minutes of stoppage time but needed more to decide the outcome. A late corner given to San Antonio led to a mad scramble in front of the net and ended with Adrian Cann scoring the game winner.

After the game, the players spoke about how head coach Alen Marcina gave a rousing halftime speech in an attempt to motivate the team. It seemed as if it had fallen on deaf ears until the dying embers of the contest. With the win and Minnesota draw, the Scorpions keep Minnesota from sweeping the year and also keep the momentum on their side leading into next week’s semi-final game against New York. The Cosmos had their five game undefeated streak snapped and now have lost all three games against the Scorpions in 2014.

The end of the game was also marred in controversy as a fight between both teams broke out shortly after the final whistle. For the second straight week Cosmos players have found themselves in post-match exchanges that have certainly questioned the teams discipline in the face of adversity.

Giovanni Savarese did his best to keep the referees from reprimanding his players ahead of next week’s clash.

Next week, Savarese will look to turn that anger into motivation as the Cosmos begin their true rally to repeat as NASL Champions with a knockout encounter against San Antonio.

  • Kevin

    Didn’t like the post game fight for the 2nd game in a row. Need a little discipline in those situations.

  • jspech

    opposition have somehow taken this belief that they can intimidate the ‘Mos. A good spanking of SA is desired. Can’t wait!