David Ochieng, called up to the Kenyan MNT this week, was out of the 18, bringing Jimmy Ockford back in for his second straight start at center back. David Diosa also received the nod with Spaniard Ayoze receiving a suspension for yellow card accumulation.
The midfield did not bear any surprises and Jairo Arrieta started up top. The Cosmos only had six substitutions for this road trip with no spare center backs or forwards, Yasmani Duk called up by the Bolivian MNT and Lucky Mkosana out as a precaution after picking up a knock in training.
The Fury were the better side for most of the first half, dominating control of the midfield and taking advantage of visible disorganization on the back line that led to a dangerous chance for Thomas Stewart in the 12th minute. With Ryan Richter out of position, he lined up a shot from the left side, forcing a save from Jimmy Maurer.Another moment came in the 29th minute as Onua Obasi’s cross from the left slipped through Maurer’s fingers and nearly dropped in front of Kyle Porter and an open net, stopped only by the presence of Diosa who cleared the ball.
The Cosmos suffered a massive setback to the match, and potentially their season, with an injury in the 40th. Sebastian Guenzatti went down after a collision, making an awkward landing. He immediately went to ground while writing in pain and was subbed off for Andres Flores.
Ottawa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute as Ryan Williams intercepted a pass from Maurer meant for Ruben Bover, made a run into the box, then fired a ball between the legs of Maurer to put the Fury up.
New York suffered another loss as Carlos Mendes left the game, reportedly due to injury, replaced by Jimmy Mulligan, who took the right fullback slot, moving Richter into a center back role.The Cosmos finally got on the board in the 79th minute when Adam Moffat reached a cleared ball in the box and attempted to volley it on. He mishit it, bouncing it straight down and up, and headed the rebound on towards the net where a waiting Juan Arango headed it past Ottawa keeper Romuald Peiser for the equalizer.
The result held and the Cosmos equaled their points total from last season. They maintain their lead at the tops of the Fall and Combined tables and will next travel to Jacksonville for a match with the Armada before returning home for a game with Miami FC.
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