Despite opening the NASL Fall Season with a victory over a strong Miami FC side, the New York Cosmos were unable to replicate the result on Saturday, losing 2-1 to the San Francisco Deltas.
It was looking like the result would go the Cosmos’ way due to the early lead they were able to obtain. In the third minute, Eric Calvillo was found on the right wing, giving him space to penetrate and find teammate Eugene Starikov. The Ukranian performed a wonderfully turned back heel right into the path of Pablo Vranjicán. Despite being taken down, the forward was able to still find his second goal for the club.
Despite the Cosmos early lead, they ended up going into half-time a goal down. The Delta’s equalizing goal came from a free-kick sent in by Dagoberto, who made his first start for the club. The delivery found a completely unmarked Patrick Hopkins who volleyed past Jimmy Maurer.
The Cosmos gave up a penalty in the dying minutes of the first half. The hosts were awarded a penalty kick after the referee spotted a hand ball from Dejan Jakovic. Tommy Heinemann stepped up to the spot and fired home his sixth goal of the season.
Ten minutes into the second half saw Heinemann nearly find the back of the net again. Off of a giveaway, Heinemann was found alone inside the box but his attempt was saved by Maurer.
The boys in green nearly found an equalizer in the 63rd minute courtesy of Eugene Starikov. Found by an Ayoze cross, the 28 year-old took a touch with his shoulder and fired with his right foot. Despite his efforts, Starikov’s attempt was parried away from goal.
Unable to find the back of the net prior to the final whistle, the Cosmos pickup their first loss of the 2017 NASL Fall Season.
Cosmos Head Coach, Giovanni Savarese commented on the match saying; “We had control of the match in its early stages. However, two isolated plays put us in a difficult position going into the break. We tried to recover in the second half, but the game turned physical and unfortunately, we ran out of time to come back.”
Marc Dos Santos, San Francisco Deltas Head Coach, praised his teams performance stating; “We kept a very strong mentality. These guys have great character and a certain maturity. We have a certain belief in ourselves. Our team is good and when you’re playing a team like New York you have to be focused. We had to stay in the game and that’s what we did. Overall it’s a fair result where our team deserves the three points.”
The boys in green look to bounce back on Friday when they take on FC Edmonton in Canada.