After a disappointing 3-0 loss at Rayo OKC, the Cosmos look ahead to what has historically been a tricky match, a showdown with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. And like every other match the Cosmos play, head coach Giovanni Savarese has made sure to take something away from it, even if it wasn’t three points.
“There is no result to be thrown away,” the coach recently told the press. “Every result is important to analyze, and every result matters in the positive and negative. This past weekend, we definitely took a lot from. More than what the opposition did is what we didn’t do that I feel didn’t help us achieve the goal we set to get three points.”
The Cosmos fell prey to two set piece goals, a free kick and penalty from Michel, before Georgios Samaras put it away. New York, on the other hand, never seriously seemed to threaten the net and were shut out for the second time this season.
“That’s been the game plan of some teams, just to be patient and wait for the set piece. This team was successful in finding that. We just have to grow a little more and mature a little more in being better in those situations to make sure that we handle the situation in a much better way.”
“We analyzed this game and know we have to do much better now going to Tampa because we’re facing a very good team.”
In the six games since their loss to the Cosmos back in May, the Rowdies have lost only once more, a 4-1 loss in Carolina, their worst defeat of the season. They would follow that up with a dominant 3-0 win over Puerto Rico FC. Add that to the Cosmos’ struggles on the road all 2016, and it becomes a precarious position to be in.
“They’re one of the best teams in the league,” said Savarese. “There’s no question about that. They’re going to provide difficulties that we have to overcome. We have to be mature, we have to be smart, we have to know how to face a team like Tampa that is definitely going to be a tough match. They’re always a rivalry with Tampa Bay Rowdies and it’s not going to be any different this game. They’ve always been good matches and we expect the same thing.”