New York Cosmos fall to Indy Eleven 3-0

Don Smart and Ayoze [Photo: Matt Schlotzhauer]

Don Smart and Ayoze [Photo: Matt Schlotzhauer]

The New York Cosmos fell to the Indy Eleven 3-0 behind goals from Justin Braun, Eamon Zayed, and Dylan Mares. The loss ended a nine-game unbeaten streak for the Cosmos and was the fifth time this season the Cosmos were shut out. 

14485050_1087756454594836_682021369039661154_nThe Cosmos came out with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Ruben Bover and David Diosa pushed into the left side of the midfield and Danny Szetela getting the start over Adam Moffat.

Lucky Mkosana pushed up top over Jairo Arrieta to start this one.

 

 

 

With both sides jockeying to find a goal, Indy looked like the consistently better team for the first half earning several chances while the Cosmos’ attempts fell flat in the final third.

Indy finally broke through in the 32nd minute when Don Smart managed a cross into the box from right by the right corner to the far post. Eamon Zayed headed it down and it took a bounce across the mouth of the goal before a header from Justin Braun to an open net put them ahead.

Eamon Zayed scores the second goal [Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski]

Eamon Zayed scores the second goal [Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski]

Indy picked up where they left off in the 48th minute as Dylan Mares was fed a ball from an open position inside the box, then fed Eamon Zayed inside the six who finished with ease and doubled their lead.

Three minutes later, they were back on the board as Mares found himself in the scoring column this time. Justin Braun made a run down the left side, feeding Mares at the top of the box. With some distance between him and Ochieng, he picked a spot between the center backs to finish the chance.

David Ochieng and Justin Braun [Photo: Matt Schlotzhauer]

David Ochieng and Justin Braun [Photo: Matt Schlotzhauer]

The Cosmos never looked particularly dangerous, mostly flubbing their chances in the final third and losing much of the midfield along the way to their third shutout in the last four games.

New York has now managed one goal in their last four matches and drop their seventh match of the year, all of them on the road.

The Cosmos next travel to Carolina to face them for the first time since their 6-1 win last month, before returning home for a match against the Strikers.

 

 

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