After being handed their first loss of the season by Indy back in April, the Cosmos finally got their revenge on Wednesday night, beating the Indy Eleven 3-0, evening the all-time series record at 1-6-1. A pair of Juan Arango goals, a Ruben Bover strike and several key stops from Jimmy Maurer combined to earn a shutout win in Hunter Freeman’s send-off from the green and white.
Danny Szetela kept his starting role at holding mid and David Diosa got the nod with Andres Flores away with his national team.
Jairo Arrieta also started in this match after his two goal effort on Saturday night.
While Indy started applying pressure to start the match, the Cosmos were the first ones on the board. In the eighth minute, as Arrieta fought to maintain control of a ball in the box, he spotted Ruben Bover and sent a pass to the midfielder who turned and fired one past Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch.
They doubled their lead in the 17th as Nemanja Vukovic committed a foul on Szetela from behind in the box. Arango stepped up to the spot and finished one past the Indy keeper for the 2-0, a score that would hold through halftime.
While Cosmos offense had looked to have the edge for most of the first half, the energy dropped off to start the first and Indy got the first serious chance with a Don Smart cannon that Maurer had to parry away.
The Cosmos had the chance to go up 3-0 in the 54th after Cory Miller took the legs out from under Diosa in the box. Miller received a red, but Arango skied the attempt to keep the two-goal lead and missed shortly after on a wide-open header.
He redeemed himself in the 74th minute after Bover chased down a loose ball near the corner, then turned around and crossed a beauty to the Venezuelan’s head. This time he didn’t miss and the Cosmos went up by three.
The Cosmos are now on a four-game winning streak and are undefeated in their last fifteen at home. They sit atop the table with 26 points, three ahead of Edmonton with two more games played. They next travel to Ft. Lauderdale, the site of another away loss in the spring as they seek their fourth away win of the year in their bid to stay atop the table.