The Cosmos may be unbeatable at home, they are a completely different team on the road. In nine away games this Spring season, they have won three, lost three and tied three. You simply do not know what you are going to get from the Cosmos away from home and that showed today.
In the first half neither team was able to go ahead. Ottawa had the majority of chances, but were not able to get once past the Cosmos. Jimmy Maurer made some nice saves, but he also let a cross slip through his fingers, a mistake left unpunished by the Fury.
A second mistake by the Cosmos keeper led to the game’s first goal. A miscommunication between Maurer and Bover left the Cosmo’s defense exposed and Ryan Williams was able to break to give Ottawa the lead. Williams is a man in form, scoring in four goals in his last five matches. The Cosmos were able to rescue a point late with a scrappy Arango goal assisted by Adam Moffat.
Right place, right time. Tie game.@Arango_18 nets his 12th goal of the season. #OTTvNYC pic.twitter.com/l9n4PilXQy— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) October 9, 2016
This match was not without casualites for the Cosmos. In the first half, Sebastian Guenzatti had to be stretchered off the field for what seemed to look like a serious injury. Later on in the game, Carlos Mendes was subbed off for a slight knock. In more positive news, Ayoze will be available for the next match after his suspension ended. It’s also worth noting New York didn’t field a full bench due to the international duty of three players: Duk, Ochieng and Velela.
FC Edmonton are a little too close to comfort in the Combined Season standings. It seems like the Cosmos will win the Fall, but they need to keep the Eddies at bay to secure the much needed home advantage throughout the playoffs. The Cosmos travel to Carolina for their next match against the Carolina RailHawks next Saturday.