Rayo OKC gave the Cosmos a hell of a fight, but the home team was able to overcome a half-time deficit and win the game. In the first half, The Cosmos struggled to cope with the physicality of the inaugural Rayo side. OKC struck first when Futty Danso was able to guide a set piece into the back of the net. The Cosmos entered the second half playing for their lives and needing at least a goal to stay alive. In the fifty eighth minute their prayers were almost answered when an Ayoze cross was almost deflected into the goal off the body of Jarad Van Schaik, but was saved by Daniel Fernandes. After continually knocking on the door, the Cosmos finally got the goal they needed when Juan Arango put away a corner kick from Ayoze to equalize. Right before the end of the ninety minutes, Arango put through Yohandry Orozco in space and the Venezuelan put the Cosmos through to the Championship.
Juan Arango put the team on his back and his performance helped catapult New York over the line. He was instrumental to both the tying and winning goal and had the biggest impact on the game. Ayoze and Andres Flores also deserve plaudits for their improving performances in the second half. New York showed great character and gusto with their comeback win. The way they didn’t give up or get down on themselves after conceding in the playoffs really shows how hungry this team is and how far they’ve come.
On the other side of the Championship bracket, Indy Elven advanced with an exciting 1-0 win against FC Edmonton. They will face the Cosmos next Sunday in the championship final next Sunday at St. John’s Belson Stadium. The Fall and Spring Season champions will face off in what will be an exciting final!