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Cosmos crash down to earth, defeated by Deltas

New York blows early lead, moves to third in Combined standings


For the first time in their history, the Cosmos lose to the San Francisco Deltas 2-1. This defeat was a tough pill to swallow for New York, as the Cosmos blew an early lead. Pablo Vranijan opened the scoring incredibly early in the game. The striker bullied his way past Pesier in order to put the ball in the back of the net from his feet. However, things went downhill soon for New York. Patrick Hopkins was left wide open on a set piece and his volley gave San Fran the equalizer. The wind was completely out of the Cosmos sails right before the half when a Jakovic handball allowed Heinemann to put the Deltas ahead. San Francisco almost scored another capitalizing on a mistake from Ochieng, but Jimmy Maurer intervened. Despite an overwhelming 65% possession, New York had the same amount of shots on target as the home team.

This defeat is particularly rough for the Cosmos, as they really shot themselves in the foot here. Despite scoring less, New York was the only team to score from open play. This game also shows how cruel and crazy the NASL can be. There have been some especially crazy results around the NASL, the top being Miami dropping a second straight match, losing 3-2 to North Carolina FC. The unpredictability of the league means there’s plenty of opportunity for the third place Cosmos to move up the Fall and Combined standings. The result hurts, but all we can do now is move on.

The Cosmos will move on next week with a match against FC Edmonton this Friday night.