Match Preview: A Rayo OKC full of questions travels to New York

13226662_10154347977941091_5991974794449435772_nif you’ve been following the reports coming out of Rayo OKC, there’s a lot uncertainty revolving around the expansion side. 

Love him or hate him, Head Coach Alen Marcina has stepped down from the club after leading them to their current positions of fourth and fifth places in the fall and combined tables, respectively. The operating management group is out, as well.

Other reports have trickled out:

It’s safe to say not much seems to be going well in OKC. And now, they will face an additional test. After being perfect in 8 home games this season, permitting only two goals, and seeing an NASL record for consecutive home wins, the Cosmos will play host to Rayo OKC, who they defeated 1-0.

According to all reports, the roster remains unchanged, at least for the weekend. What has changed is the man in charge. Gerard Nus was introduced as the new head coach. According to his website, upon concluding his contract at Elche CF in June, he joined Real Vallecano as their Assistant Technical Director. The appointment lasted about a month before he was moved to OKC.

On the field, Rayo remains (for now) intact. Daniel Fernandes has been strong in the net with a 1.06 GAA in his 17 starts, posting 6 shutouts. In front of him, Rayo has found a consistent back line with Futty Danso and Sebastian Ibeagha in the middle and Kosuke Kimura and Moises Hernandez on the right and left, respectively.

In the midfield, the same three pieces show up consistently. The wings have mostly seen Billy Forbes and Sebastian Velasquez of late with set piece threat Michel as one of the center mids. The other spot has been a rotating door between Pecka, Derek Boateng, and Richard Menjivar.

Up top, Robbie Findley and Devon Sandoval have been the strike partnership of choice.

Of course, this is all under Marcina. Who knows what changes we’ll see in the next few days?

The Cosmos will look to capitalize on their 8-0 record at home in 2016 with 17 goals scored and only 2 permitted to stay atop the league. Despite a 1-0 win at home over Rayo, the follow-up in OKC resulted in New York’s worst loss of the year.

Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese definitely had some thoughts on how they would need to approach their opponents this week, which he shared with TICC.

“We know what kind of club they are, the way they play. We don’t expect anything different, but we’ll prepare, as well, for something different. But, we need to be more clinical, better with the ball, moving the ball around, be a little more patient and at the end find the moments that we need to hit instead of just rushing into situations that are going to be against us.”


One thought on “Match Preview: A Rayo OKC full of questions travels to New York

  1. Hope the restructuring of Rayo OKC goes well in the end and they find a new principle majority owner for the club. They’ve done well as an expansion club this year both on the pitch and in the stands.

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