Gio Savarese’s New York Cosmos were back to their home-cooking ways when they hosted the San Antonio Scorpions at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Super sub Henry Lopez scored a match-winner in the second minute of second-half stoppage time to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Scorps 2-1. Lopez came in for Diomar Diaz, who opened up the scoring in the 42nd minute of play. Tomasz Zahorski equalized in the 64th minute for San Antonio.
“I saw everybody was fighting at the end of the game trying to score a goal to have the win and when Marcos hit it in the box I just tried to run between the two big guys and score,” Lopez told NASL.com’s Dylan Butler. “I think those two goals are the best feelings in my career The first one because we qualified for the first time in Guatemalan history to the World Cup.
“That was really amazing and today I’m very happy because this is my first professional goal with a big team like the Cosmos. Those two feelings are the best in my life.”
“We don’t really like this type of suffering,” defender Marcos Senna said. “It’s unfortunate that it’s the second time in the final minutes that its gotten to this, but we need to learn from our mistakes and keep progressing as the season goes.”
“The game was different,” Savarese told the press. “They created chances, our goalkeeper was able to be big today in two or three situations and we also created more opportunities, found more spaces behind the other team. In some ways it was a different game but the score was the same and the drama at the end was the same.”
The Cosmos head to Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alb. on Sept. 1 to take on FC Edmonton. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
New York: Diaz – 42nd minute
San Antonio: Zahorski – 64th minute
New York: Lopez – 92nd minute
Reynish, Freeman, Mendes, Roversio, Gorskie, Senna, Szetela, Ayoze, Chirishian (Dimitrov 64′), Díaz (Lopez 71′), Noselli (Kashiwase 89′)
Hannigan, Wagner, Harmse, Ramírez (Saavedra 46′), Martin, Vucko, Janicki, DeRoux (Noel 93′), Phelan (Jennings 51′), Zahorski, Denissen
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