The Cardiac Cosmos made another road appearance as they beat Puerto Rico FC 2-1, making the island the first location outside of New York and Miami that the Cosmos have logged a league win. The Cosmos came from behind to win in stoppage time for the second week in a row.
Danny Szetela took the lone holding mid position as Adam Moffat served his red card suspension.
The back line was where it got interesting. Jimmy Mulligan occupied his spot at right back, but David Ochieng and Jimmy Ockford occupied the center back positions as the six-man bench featured neither Hunter Freeman nor Carlos Mendes for this one. Roversio, however, did make the trip.
Puerto Rico FC started with a 4-5-1, after their aggressive 3-4-3 earned them a draw against the RailHawks a week earlier. Pito Ramos was their point man, ready to add to his team-leading goal tally.
While Ramos did, in fact, get an early look at the net, the Cosmos looked like the dominant side for much of the first half. While their midfield play had looked rushed and sloppy in their first encounter in New York, they established near total control of the midfield this time around with excellent team play and passing that often failed them at the final ball.
In contrast, Puerto Rico looked sloppy, often gifting the ball away in the midfield and presenting the Cosmos with opportunities to counter.
However, a defensive error would allow the home team to get on the board first. Ex-Cosmos Paulo Mendes spotted Pito Ramos making a run behind Jimmy Mulligan, but kept onsides by the center backs, and slipped a through ball to him. Ramos made the unopposed run and fired past Jimmy Maurer for his seventh strike of the season.
Ramos came dangerously close to doing it again in the 40th, as he rounded Ochieng to pick up a through ball and go one-on-one with Maurer again, this time chipping it wide left.
It wasn’t until a little past the hour mark that the Cosmos found an equalizer. Ayoze delivered a ball into the box for Jairo Arrieta, which Meves popped up into the air. He couldn’t make the grab as it came back down and landed at the feet of Arrieta, inside the six, who did not miss the opportunity. It was his third goal, and first since May 7th.
Puerto Rico came close to getting back on top in the 73rd when Cristiano Dias attempted to boot a ball into the net following a corner. Maurer charged off his line and was able to make the save.
Ockford was injured during the course of this play and Roversio made his first appearance since July 9th.
New York founds its winner in the first minute of stoppage. Sebastian Guenzatti fed a ball to Andres Flores who fired from nearly 30 yards out. The ball stayed low, taking a skip off the ground in the box before getting past the gloves of Meves.
With that goal, the Cosmos found their third road win of the year, only their second of the fall. It sets them up for a two game homestand, their next opponent being the Carolina RailHawks, who are coming off a big win over the Indy Eleven.