Revenge. After dropping all four meetings with the San Antonio Scorpions during the 2014 NASL season, a convincing victory over the defending champions had to feel awfully good for Gio Savarese's side. The boys in green created chances early and often, and despite a stretch of solid play from San Antonio to start the second half, the NASL leaders never looked to be in too much trouble on Saturday evening.
Raul almost put the Cosmos in front just seconds into the match, but was forced to wait until the 18th minute to find the back of the net for the third time this season. He scored from the spot following a legitimate, if soft penalty for pulling the shirt of Lucky Mkosana, and the Cosmos were in cruise control for the remainder of the half.
The Scorpions came out of the break looking much improved, and put some heavy pressure on New York for the opening minutes of the second half. Some absolutely fantastic work from Jimmy Maurer and Roversio helped them weather the storm, however, and with ten minutes to go, the center back put the game to bed with a headed goal from a set piece. Leo Fernandes added a third with several minutes left to play, meaning New York will remain comfortably atop the NASL table with just two spring season games remaining.
The win wasn't the only good news for the league leaders, as they seem to have come out of this match without any serious injuries. With three more matches coming up in the next several days, including the US Open Cup match against Jersey Express SC on Wednesday, that may have been the best news of the night.