Except for the scoreline.
Miami FC thrashed the New York Cosmos 3-0 with goals from Dylan Mares and Stefano Pinho sandwiching an own goal from Ryan Richter.
The Cosmos posted a surprising lineup to many with no true striker available to start. Amauri was not 90 minute fit, according to Head Coach Giovanni Savarese and Irvin Herrera was recovering from an injury incurred in Puerto Rico.
Captain Carlos Mendes was injured, necessitating a new center back pairing of Dejan Jakovic and David Ochieng.
Left back Ayoze wore the captain’s armband for the evening.Miami had a dangerous moment in only the second minute as Jaime Chavez slipped in behind Jakovic, making an unopposed run at Maurer, who came off his line and to the top of the box to stop the shot. The pressure continued three minutes later as Chavez settled a ball in the box, then pushed it out the top for Kwadwo Poku to have a shot. Though unopposed, it sailed wide.
Javi Marquez countered in the seventh with a midfield shot towards goal. With Daniel Vega off his line, the ball sailed just over the crossbar and out.
Miami nearly found the way to break through in the 35th minute, when Chavez made a run into the box and went down after being hampered from behind by Ochieng. The referee pointed to the spot and Richie Ryan stepped up to take the shot which missed, high and wide.Miami did find the net in the 41st minute from the foot of Stefano Pinho, but the goal was whistled offsides.
The half ended 0-0, but the visitors quickly remedied the missed penalty by pulling ahead in the 51st minute. Former Cosmos player Mike Lahoud sent a cross into the box that an unmarked Dylan Mares volleyed into the net.
Miami had another goal whistled dead in the 61st minute, but doubled their lead in the 67th minute. A Vincenzo Rennella cross took a deflection off a sliding Ryan Richter and found its way past Maurer, who had committed to its original direction.The final goal came in the 71st minute as Mason Trafford fed Stefano Pinho a ball. The striker moved into the box, easily rounding Maurer to score the final goal of the night.
The Cosmos next play Miami FC in the return leg on Saturday, April 8th.
- This is the second straight match where the Cosmos failed to log a shot on goal.
- This is the first home loss for the Cosmos since September 22, 2015 and is their first time being shut out at home since October 4, 2014.
- Substitution Jimmy Mulligan picked up a red card in the 90th minute.