New York Cosmos win third NASL title in four years; beat Indy in penalties

Cosmos celebrate their win in PKs [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Cosmos celebrate their win in PKs [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos claimed their third NASL title of the reboot Era and their eighth NASL title overall on Sunday night, playing a scoreless match through extra time. Penalties were required and the Cosmos prevailed 4-2. 

15085718_1135239229846558_2088634669428308183_nThe Cosmos continued with the 4-1-4-1 formation they’ve relied on this year, keeping the same exact lineup as last week against Rayo OKC.

One note; while Jairo Arrieta got the start, both Lucky Mkosana and Yasmani Duk were out for this match. Mkosana was out with injury and Duk was out on international duty with Bolivia.

 

 

Indy came out strong with a number of close chances early in the first half. Don Smart fed a ball to Eamon Zayed in the box in the 11th minute. Facing the wrong way, the striker managed to control the ball, turn around and fire a shot on net that Jimmy Maurer barely managed to get an arm on.Four minutes later, Smart was back in the narrative with a shot that smacked off the crossbar. A late ball in the 43rd minute that got by Roversio allowed Zayed to center a ball for Braun that was barely cleared away.

While the Cosmos started off on the back foot, they would become more threatening as the game went on with more control towards the end of the first and more serious chances in the second half.

Jairo Arrieta (L) and Greg Janicki [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Jairo Arrieta (L) and Greg Janicki [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Chances began to fly back and forth. In the 70th, Smart rattled the bar again. A 75th minute header from Juan Arango just went wide. A stoppage time shot from second-half sub David Diosa also went wide.

Extra time would remain a scoreless affair and the two sides went to penalties to decide the outcome.

Nicki Paterson led off with a successful penalty kick which he followed up with taunts of the Cosmos supporters. Arrieta converted his chance, as well.

Zayed’s shot went off two goal posts and out and Adam Moffat sank his shot to put the Cosmos ahead.

Richter celebrates his winning goal [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Richter celebrates his winning goal [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

In a surprise, Indy keeper Jon Busch stepped up to the spot before sending his shot into the Belson Stadium parking lot. Ayoze next stepped up to the spot to give the Cosmos a 3-1 lead.

Nemanja Vukovic kept Indy alive by finishing his penalty kick, but Ryan Richter found the winner for the Cosmos a year after his Ottawa Fury fell short against New York.

Cosmos presented with the trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Cosmos presented with the trophy [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The shootout is the first the Cosmos have encountered since their Open Cup match against NYCFC in 2015. This is the second consecutive year the club has claimed the Soccer Bowl. While it is the second time the Cosmos have won the trophy at home, it is the third stadium they have won it in (2013 – Atlanta Silverbacks Park, 2015 – Shuart Stadium, 2016 – Belson Stadium).

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “New York Cosmos win third NASL title in four years; beat Indy in penalties

  1. Luis, you said to me we are going to win this one!! And our cosmos team delivered ..and how? with drama, tension,.. I was nervous reck..fans around me were worried about me and finally when Ryan scored a could breath again..all of this suffering was worth it…YES WE ARE CHAMPIONS!! I AM SO PROUD AND HAPPY FOR OUR TEAM AND FOR ALL THE PLAYERS, COACHES..! and for all the cosmos fans, especially the 5-points and banda del Cosmos..let’s enjoy this moment… and let’s keep chanting..!
    ♪New York cosmos ♪ we are the Champions♪, …
    Hugo

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