New York Cosmos defeat Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2-0, secure fourth straight postseason berth

Giovanni Savarese, Ayoze, and his family [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Giovanni Savarese, Ayoze, and his family [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-0, securing a postseason spot for the fourth straight season and tying the record for consecutive unbeaten matches at home with 18.

Left back Ayoze was celebrated before the evening kicked off as he reached 100 appearances for New York.

ctysiyawaaa4e0uThe Cosmos kept their familiar 4-1-4-1 formation while making a few changes from last week.

Jairo Arrieta returned to the XI, Yohandry Orozco pushed out to the left wing and Andres Flores took over the right from Sebastian Guenzatti. Juan Arango also returned on the inside right.

David Ochieng was not included in the 18 and Jimmy Ockford was partnered with Carlos Mendes.

While New York applied pressure early, creating some opportunities, the Strikers came up with the first closest chance of the night in the 7th minute as Victor Pineda received a cross while wide-open and headed a shot just wide. They nearly pounced again in the 11th as Ayoze was pulled out of position for a free kick, leaving Geison Moura to make a free run down the left side before pulling his shot into the side netting.

The Strikers were dealt an early setback as Nana Attakora exited the match in the 22nd minute after a non-contact injury, replaced by Luis Zapata.

First half summary

First half summary

After a relative snoozer of a first half, the Cosmos finally got on the board in the second when Arango delivered a cross from the left sideline just outside the six yard box. Ruben Bover was there to finish it with a volley, earning his second goal in as many games.

“It’s the first time I’ve scored in two straight games,” Bover said. “It’s a good feeling. I hope it doesn’t stop.”

Orozco came close to getting on the board in the 77th minute when he fired a ball that rocketed off the upright, across the mouth of the net and away.

New York finally got its second goal in the 86th minute when Lucky Mkosana made a run to the left side endline inside the box, waited for his defender to commit to ground then crossed over him to a wide-open Andres Flores who beat goalkeeper Bruno.

Andres Flores celebrates his goal [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Andres Flores celebrates his goal [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Lucky Mkosana nearly picked up a third, making a deep run into the Striker box, beating his defender and getting a shot away that was just tipped clear by the Strikers keeper.

The scoreline held, and a fourth trip to the playoffs was assured. With the way results have gone around the league, New York maintains a seven point lead in the race for the Fall title, which would grant them hosting rights for the semifinal, and an eight point lead for the Combined title, which would give them the right to host the final.

“It’s good to know we achieved something important,” said Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “We have a spot in the postseason. But we still have four more matches to play. We have to continue to grow, and we have to finish strong in order to have positive momentum.”

Those matches kick off with a trip to Ottawa, then another to Jacksonville, before they return home for a showdown with Miami.



4 thoughts on “New York Cosmos defeat Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 2-0, secure fourth straight postseason berth

  1. Luis Hernandez, I have realized this morning, is our Batman. No, he is not our hero. Instead, he is our silent guardian and watchful protector. Our dark knight. He is not the person most people look up to. (hehehe) He does not inspire others or cradle hope like Superman does. Luis is hardcore 718, like a mini-bat swing to the teeth followed by an old-school brass knuckle beatdown. Last night when you were sleeping he was busy with this article, mastering his craft, honing his skill. This is by deliberate choice and design. Luis Hernandez covers, more like- protects a club that was captured and murdered by inept management for no reason at all. They seized the Cosmos from NYC and brought the club to a lifeless, barren region of the wrold known as Long Island. An area where good, soccer loving people are fiction. They are either too scared to leave their suburban homes for live, independent soccer or perhaps they are, like the legend Chinaglia, dead. NY and the Empire State Development committee is so insidiously corrupt and with the help of Long Island they have seemingly broken the Cosmos beyond repair. We do not deserve a savior anymore. An absent, guilty Front Office and two accomplices Long Island, and their fabled soccer mom community have murdered the once mighty NY Cosmos in front of its only main journalist, its biggest supporter, its only child after countless quiet, empty nights. Luis is the product of a once proud fan base whose terrors and demons can only be fought by an equally terrible monster-journalist hybrid. A frightening, inhuman creature of the night…Not a hero, guardian angel or a role model, Luis Hernandez is exactly what the remnants of this fan base deserves. He is our… Dark Knight.

  2. Solid win. Play was in the middle most of the match. I still think Flores is one of the best kept secrets we have. Regardless of things on the field and all of the stadium, league and front office distractions off the field, its been a very good year. Lets keep rolling Cosmos!

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