The New York Cosmos gave one of their better performances this season over the weekend, easily defeating FC Edmonton by a 3-0 scoreline. That performance was sure to catch some eyeballs with those deciding the NASL Team of the Week, and sure enough, when that team was announced on Wednesday, the Cosmos were well represented.
Three New York players found themselves named to the Team of the Week, and frankly, that number probably could have been larger. Here's what the league's website had to say about Sebastian Guenzatti, Ayoze, and Jimmy Maurer, who were all recognized for their excellent showings:
Sebastián Guenzatti (New York Cosmos) – The Uruguayan midfielder started twice last week and made the most of his chances. He scored the opening goal against Atlanta after beating the Silverbacks’ goalkeeper Steward Ceus at the near post in a win. He followed it up on Sunday with another game-opening goal, beating Matt VanOekel with a low shot to the far post in a victory that moved the Cosmos to the top of the Combined Standings.
Ayoze (New York Cosmos) – The Spanish defender is always a tireless worker and was again in two important wins for New York. Helping keep two clean sheets, Ayoze made an impact in the attacking half, adding an assist against FC Edmonton with his corner that dropped to the feet of Raúl.
Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos) – Maurer dropped his goals against average to 0.96 with two shutouts in two key victories for New York. The Georgia native made a number of important, acrobatic saves in the wins, particularly the double save in a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks on the road. He then held FC Edmonton scoreless in another 3-0 victory.
Congratulations to the trio, and hopefully they can repeat their excellent showings the next time they take the pitch.