May 13, 2014
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In their short return to the NASL, the Cosmos have seen their share of great moments. Coming onto the stage and winning a championship in their first season, they had not seen any difficulties in pushing themselves into the upper echelon of the league.
Two weeks ago, the Cosmos suffered a rarity; their first setback at Shuart Stadium since their return. They had not given up a goal in nearly 360 minutes. The next week, they suffered another 1-0 loss in Carolina.
Two games, two goals against, and none for. Uncharted territory for Head Coach Gio Savarese’s team. But to the coach’s delight, an absolute blast from Marcos Senna in the 61st minute, gave the Cosmos (3-0-2) the 1-0 victory of the previously undefeated Minnesota United (4-0-1). The victory, in front of just under 3,100 at Shuart Stadium, put the home team back to third place in this short spring season.
The Sao Paolo, Brazil native received a corner kick from Hunter Freeman, looked at his options and took a shot that swerved through a hole in the defense, and past Minnesota goalkeeper Matt VanOekel. The ball swerved and curved as much as an Al Leiter pitch.
After that – it was the defense that took care of the rest. The Cosmos back line have only surrendered two goals in their five matches this season. It is a testament to goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer and the fullbacks to take care of business. According to Maurer, “for the first twenty minutes, it was just a matter of locking it down, playing our game. We are not going to change our game, keep things solid.”
The Cosmos dominated just about every facet of this game. They took 13 shots as opposed to Minnesota’s 4; 7 corners to their 2. The one facet that basically kept the visitors in the match, was the wall they planted just inside the 18 yard marker, not giving the Cosmos clear lanes to get the ball in.
However, the team recorded shots from eight different players. “We expect we should have more than that. We are a team that wants to attack with every player that we have”, said Coach Savarese after the game. “Everybody has the chance to go forward, we want to make sure that we are always trying to move forward and by the fact that eight guys had the chance to get to goal, that is what we want.”
For the team, it was not the most solid of efforts. Minnesota did all they could, in order to stymie this team, but for Senna, there was no chance for anyone to stop that goal. Before that marker, the team had not scored in nearly 300 minutes. It was on the minds of the team, but not the main concern.
“Everyone had a positive attitude. We are not going to get too overconfident, we are going into the next game with a lot of positives, so it is fantastic for us”, said Cosmos forward Jamel Johnson. “It is great for us to be coming out of two losses, and making us learn a little. With adversity, we have show a bit of character and that is something good for a winning team, and a championship team that we are.”
The Cosmos needed this game to get back their mojo and momentum as they head on to the second half of this short season (9 games). They head off to Tampa Bay for a match against the Rowdies on Saturday night. Three more important points on the line. The team returns to Hempstead on the 24th to take on the Indy Eleven. Tickets are still available.