Goals from Emmanuel Ledesma and Javi Marquez were not enough to end the Cosmos countless amount of draws in the Fall Season. New York finishes 2-2 in Indy.
STARTING XI— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) October 7, 2017
THE NEW YORK COSMOS.
Lots of energetic play from the Cosmos early on in this contest, specifically from the midfield. Eric Calvillo generated some pace, while Javi Marquez stepped forward to let shots rip on Indy goalie Jon Busch.
23' Márquez gets the first sight at of goal but fires wide off the defender. From the corner, Mendes heads wide.— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) October 8, 2017
0-0 | #INDvNYC pic.twitter.com/LoIJCv6kAF
Indy would then shift the momentum towards their direction. Don Smart received a ball from midfield which initiated a shot from the edge of the box that somehow beet Jimmy Maurer to the near post. 1-0 Eleven lead.
The Cosmos would then receive some luck from Lucky Mkosana who fed a pass to Marquez. Yet again, Marquez would take a shot from midfield that eventually fell to the feet of Ledesma to tuck home.
36' Lucky keeps the play alive, feeds to Márquez who drills his shot at Busch who spills to the feet of LEDESMA. Game on.— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) October 8, 2017
1-1 | #INDvNYC pic.twitter.com/jbSnGOP6fC
Much debate from the Cosmos moments later as Mkosana went down in the box. The referee did not award New York a crucial penalty that could have put the Originals in the lead.
In the second frame, Indy’s Don Smart charged down the wing to eventually outpace the New York defender and send in a pass towards Eamon Zayed to tap past Maurer.
The Cosmos found another way to equalize, this time as a result of the difference maker from last match, Javi Marquez. Marquez took a pass inside the box and eventually curled a beautiful ball past Busch to give New York hope.
68' This man has been fantastic all night. Márquez eludes the Indy defense and hammers the ball under Busch.— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) October 8, 2017
2-2 | #INDvNYC pic.twitter.com/X9d9IDlNF5
Unfortunately, the Cosmos could not find a winner with thirty minutes left to play after the Marquez goal.
Final: Indy 2-2 Cosmos
What does the result mean?
I’m running out of ways to say that this is another addition to an already long list of draws this Fall Season.
Somehow, the Cosmos still find themselves in playoff contention. They currently sit 4 points behind North Carolina FC on the combined NASL season standings.
To really make a push, the Cosmos have to find a way to win. They have a week in between matches in most cases, and I’d think that time would be used well on the training pitch.
The Cosmos return to MCU Park to take on FC Edmonton for a crucial contest. The game will happen on the 14th of October at 7 p.m. (ET). Get coverage for that match on Twice A Cosmo.