The Cosmos lost their second home game in the spring season -- the team's third home defeat in 2014 -- and it took just one goal from the Carolina RailHawks to dash New York's hopes of winning.
That goal came in the in the 38th minute on an impressive individual effort from Ty Shipalane. As if to mimic the stick handling and deking ability of Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby of the NHL, Shipalane zigzagged past four Cosmos' defenders and snuck the ball past Jimmy Maurer.
The Cosmos had several opportunities to even the game up at one including two headers inside the penalty area that were stopped by RailHawks keeper Scott Goodwin.
"It's always very frustrating when you lose at home," said Marcos Senna, who was subbed into the match in the second half. "Especially at this moment when we're trying to be at the top of the table. It's very frustrating."
New York held the advantage in shots, 16-10, and corners, 10-8. And Maurer made two saves in the Cosmos loss. Head coach Gio Savarese believed that his team had the upper hand in the first half.
"We had the ball, we were moving the ball around," Savarese said. "I think they only had one chance which was the goal -- if you call that a chance... I think today we were poor in the attacking third. And we said that that's an area that we need to become stronger again. [Alessandro] Noselli not being with us. Mads [Stokkelien] not having a good game today and our forwards just could have been better."
The Cosmos had two new players in their starting XI; Connor Lade and Andres Flores. Unfortunately the injury bug -- which has become all too familiar to the Cosmos -- struck again and Lade suffered his first shoulder injury in the second half.
The Cosmos will have a short turn around, playing FC Edmonton on Wednesday at Shuart Stadium.