New York Cosmos draw Bermuda, bring home Bermudian player

[L-R] Ryan Richter closes in on Oneko Lowe [Photo: Blaire Simmons/Royal Gazette]

The New York Cosmos closed out their preseason with a 1-1 draw against the Bermudian National Team at the National Sports Centre on Sunday. While they did not take the win, they do return with a player to join New York Cosmos B.

No stream for the match was available, but Bermuda was the first to score, with Tre Ming finding the net in the 58th minute. Battling harsh winds across the match, the wind changed the trajectory of Ming’s shot, taken from 30 yards out.

In the final seconds of the game, Eugene Starikov picked up a ball in the right side of the box, crossing it to the center where El Salvadorian international Andres Flores lay in wait. Flores volleyed it past keeper Stefan Dill to earn the draw.

“Today’s match was a good test for us,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director, Giovanni Savarese in a press release. “We are happy because the team responded well. We will now redirect our attention to our game against Puerto Rico FC next Saturday.”

The team will come home with one extra piece of baggage: Bermudian Oneko Lowe, who will join New York Cosmos B for a one-year deal, according to the Royal Gazette. Part of the preseason agreement included the signing of a promising Bermudian talent.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I’m determined to take full advantage of it,” Lowe told the Royal Gazette. “I only found out about it today and it came as a surprise to me. I had to keep my mind on the game and tried not to let it affect me.”

The winger plays for Dandy Town of the Bermudian Premier Division. The 19-year-old also made an impact in the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, scoring two of the team’s three goals in the tournament.

“The under-20 tournament was important for me as it enabled me to see what I have to do to get to the next level,” said Lowe. “I’m prepared to do whatever it takes now I’ve got my foot in the door as I’m pushing for greatness and want to go as far as I can. It’s all about hard work and dedication and I feel like I’m ready for this opportunity.”

The Cosmos now prepare for their first match of the regular season, this Saturday in Puerto Rico.




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