Giovanni Savarese’s New York Cosmos will have to wait another week to punch their ticket to the NASL Soccer Bowl in Atlanta in November. All the Cosmos were able to secure was a 1-1 draw at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. against Colin Miller’s FC Edmonton.
Alessandro Noselli scored in the 78th minute to give the Cosmos a 1-0 lead, but David Proctor bought the Tampa Bay Rowdies some time with a late equalizer in the 90th minute of play.
“Of course we’re disappointed, 1-0 winning at home in the 89th minute you expect to win the game,” said Cosmos captain Carlos Mendes to NYCCosmos.com. “We’re disappointed, but we’re still in control and obviously we win these next two games, we’ll be playing in Atlanta.”
“For the second time I say thanks to Dimi [Stefan Dimitrov] because he gave me a great ball. Only thing [I could do] was shoot in the net,” Noselli said. “I’m happy for the goal, but it’s not a good day for me because after the goal we thought the championship was ours. But in the soccer, it happens.”
“It feels like we didn’t accomplish our target tonight, definitely because we expected at the end to be able to get a win,” Savarese said. “They tied three minutes from the end, if you consider stoppage time as well. I wouldn’t consider it a loss, but definitely it was not the result we were looking for.”
Up next for the Cosmos is a road match with the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Tex. on Oct. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on NASL.com.
|New York Cosmos||12||7||4||1||19||11||25|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||12||5||5||2||25||19||20|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||12||5||2||5||16||16||17|
|Minnesota United FC||12||4||2||6||12||14||14|
|San Antonio Scorpions||12||3||1||8||13||20||10|
Tiebreakers: 1.) Goal difference 2.) Goals scored 3.) Head-to-head 4.) Away goal difference 5.) Away goals scored