Center back Emmanuele Sembroni scored twice within a two-minute span in the game’s first 30 minutes to spark the New York Cosmos to a 6-0 victory over Kingston Stockade FC at Mitchel Athletic Complex on Saturday night.
Bledi Bardic, Junior Burgos, Naeem Charles, and Giuseppe Barone also tallied for the Cosmos (40 points), who finished the regular season unbeaten at 13-0-1. New York also secured home-field advantage through the National Premier Soccer League playoffs. Kingston (25) finished the season at 7-3-4.
Goalkeeper Paul Blanchette recorded the clean sheet.
After a scoreless opening 27 minutes, Albanian national team captain Ansi Agolli and Sembroni twice combined to pull the hosts ahead.
In the 28th minute, Agolli lofted a free kick from the right side into the penalty area and Sembroni headed it home from six yards to snap the scoreless deadlock. Only two minutes later, Agolli’s corner kick-started a scoring sequence in which Sembroni headed home from close range for a 2-0 advantage.
The Cosmos never looked back as they continued to score goals in bunches.
First, striker Bledi Bardic pounced on a sloppy back pass to give New York a 3-0 lead in the 44th minute.
Two minutes into first-half stoppage time, Burgos got into the act, connecting from the top of the box to give the Cosmos a 4-0 halftime advantage.
Charles, the team’s most recent signing, scored from distance to extend the margin to 5-0 in the second half before Barone closed out the scoring, striking from distance in the 84th minute. Barone also recorded a golazo in the Cosmos’ 2-0 win in Kingston in May.
The Cosmos begin the playoffs on Wednesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. against the Brooklyn Italians at Mitchel Athletic Complex.