Road woes continue, Cosmos fail to close out another road match

FC Edmonton vs. New York Cosmos @ Clarke Field, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jul 27 2016

Ruben Bover protests a card on Hunter Freeman (Photo: TL Sport Fotorafia)

The Cosmos closed out their three game road trip with frightening consistency as they lost 2-1 in Edmonton. The match was the sixth of nine road games this season that the Cosmos have failed to win. Furthermore, it was the fourth game this season where the Cosmos permitted a goal in the 90th minute or later and it cost them points.

13882309_1042382945798854_8322756699050510052_nNew York entered the match with a 4-1-4-1, making some changes. Jimmy Mulligan made his first start for the Cosmos since his return from loan. Hunter Freeman pushed further inside to the center back role and Jimmy Maurer returned to the net.

The Eddies entered with a 4-2-3-1, making only one change from last week. Sainey Nyassi occupied a defensive mid position, moving Nik Ledgerwood up, and pushing Tomi Ameobi to the bench.

The Cosmos jumped on the board early as Juan Arango struck in the sixth minute. A combination play between Yasmani Duk and Yohandry Orozco left the Venezuelan unmarked in the middle of the box, atypical of the stout Eddies defense. Left facing goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel, he buried his chance as the Cosmos dominated the first half of the match.

FC Edmonton vs. New York Cosmos @ Clarke Field, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jul 27 2016

New York Cosmos celebrate their goal (Photo: TL Sport Fotografia)

Sebastian Guenzatti nearly put the Cosmos back on the board twice towards the end of the first. In the 37th minute, his shot was tipped by Van Oekel into the goalpost before being scooped up. In stoppage time, a low shot by Guenzatti was barely stopped by a low, diving save from the keeper.

The Eddies began to apply pressure in the second half, looking clearly like the more dominant team and it looked like they pulled even in the 63rd minute when Shamit Shome headed a ball into the back of the net. However, the play was judged offsides.

The Cosmos nearly found some insurance in the 78th minute. Duk was on the breakaway with only Van Oekel ahead of him. Van Oekel was up to it, challenging Duk and forcing him wide until the defense could recover.

The failure to capitalize on the play immediately bit them a minute later as the Eddies turned the ball the other way. Ameobi, subbed on during the match, chested a ball down in the box, then fired a ball that beat Maurer and bounced off the upright. Ledgerwood was sitting open for the rebound and tapped it in to even up the score.

Lucky Mkosana, subbed on in the second half, came close to giving the Cosmos the lead as he got away from Van Oekel and fired a ball on net that was cleared on the line by an Eddies defender.

Maurer was up to save a low, curling Ledgerwood shot in the 85th, but would be unable to stop what came in stoppage.

Tomi Ameobi wound up on a breakaway in the first minute of stoppage, outracing Carlos Mendes to a ball as Freeman tried to force him away. He managed to get a shot off. Maurer was forced low to make a save on the shot, but the rebound fell squarely to Daryl Fordyce who did not hesitate to bury the shot and give the Eddies the win.

“That one was for Albert (Watson’s) dad,” Fordyce told the Edmonton Journal, naming the center back captain. “His dad passed away last week and there was a banner behind the net that said, ‘Roy Watson’. As soon as the goalie made the save and it fell to me, I knew the big man had sat it on a plate for me and that one was for him to get the points.”

The conclusion of the three-game road trip ends in a 0-1-2 run (3 GF, 6 GA), one point across three games. The Cosmos next host Puerto Rico FC in the first-ever encounter between the two clubs on Saturday.

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