Cosmos Fall At Home To Edmonton

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New York's Ayoze battles for the ball against Edmonton. Photo: New York Cosmos

New York Cosmos 2
FC Edmonton 4

Goals: NYC: Irvin Herrera 45’+1 (assist Ryan Richter), 90’+4 Ayoze (penalty); EFC: 69’ Sainey Nyassi (assist Pedro Galvao), 72’ Tomi Ameobi (assist Mauro Eustaquio), 85’ Jake Keegan (assist Dustin Corea), 89’ Tomi Ameobi

Overview: The final score may indicate otherwise, but the Cosmos were the dominant team in the first half but were unable to break the seal on the Edmonton goal until stoppage time. A cross from Walter Richter found Herrera, who opened the scoring and his account for the club, sending a header into the top right corner from the center of the box. New York sought a sequel at the start of the second half, continuing the onslaught. Juan Guerra kept Edmonton keeper Nathan Ingham on his toes, producing a close attempt from outside the box. Ayoze drove a low shot just wide of the net in the 56th. The Eddies found the key to the Cosmos net in the 69th minute, with Nyassi scoring against the run of play. Minutes later, Tomi Ameobi gave Edmonton the lead. Cosmos forward, Eugene Starikov, came close to bringing his team back in the game, only to see the ball cleared off the goal line. The hosts continued to fight back, even after being reduced to nine men after straight red cards to Darrius Barnes and Juan Guerra. Two late goals by Keegan and Ameobi, however, secured the win for Edmonton. Back-to-back penalties in stoppage time gave the Cosmos opportunities to alter the score. Ingham parried the first spot kick but was helpless against Ayoze, who ended the night with 2-4 on the scoreboard.

Quotable:
Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese…
“We had two goals scored against us and two red cards that proved difficult to recover from. We dominated the game up until the 65th minute, but couldn’t close the game the way we wanted.”

What’s next:
The Cosmos will be back at MCU Park in Brooklyn to face North Carolina FC on June 10. Game time is 4 p.m.