For the third week running, the New York Cosmos have found themselves well represented in the North American Soccer League Team of the Week. For week three, the club had a air of players honored for their contributions, and surprisingly, neither of that duo scored during the home opening win against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Both Roversio and Walter Retrepo found themselves on the Best XI for week three, and here's what the league website had to say about their performances:
Rovérsio (New York Cosmos) – Playing against a long-standing rival in front of a sellout crowd in New York, the Tampa Bay Rowdies rarely looked like an attacking threat. A large part of that was due to the New York Cosmos’ defensive work, which on Saturday night was led by Brazilian center back Rovérsio. The former Real Betis defender helped limit the Rowdies to just two shots on goal in the 2-0 shutout win.
Walter Restrepo (New York Cosmos) – Playing on the wing, Walter Restrepo was dynamic throughout his 90-minute shift against the Rowdies, playing a part in both Cosmos goals. Early in the first half, one of his crosses was met by forward Mads Stokkelien, whose header came off the arm of Tampa Bay defender Darnell King to draw a penalty. Marcos Senna stepped up to convert the spot kick just a minute later. In the second half, the Colombian midfielder played a low cross through the penalty area to fellow midfielder Leo Fernandes, who made no mistake from close range to give New York a two-goal lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
With any luck,week four will see multiple players honored again, and the Cosmos earning another three valuable points. Congratulations to Restrepo and Roversio, and hopefully this won't be the last time that pair get recognition from the league.