FC Edmonton 1
New York Cosmos 1
Goals: NYC: 66’ Emmanuel Ledesma; FCE: 45’ Daryl Fordyce (assist Tomi Ameobi)
Overview: The visiting Cosmos looked confident from the start of the match, controlling the flow of the game and pushing forward with plenty of long-range efforts. Edmonton tested New York goalkeeper, Jimmy Maurer, who dove to his right to deny the hosts. A 14th-minute giveaway by Abdoulaye Diakité, however, almost turned into a Cosmos opener. The loose ball was picked up by Pablo Vranjicán, who passed to Javi Márquez. The Spaniard won New York a corner after powering a promising shot from the top of the box.
Edmonton went for goal again in the 25th minute, but Maurer denied Dustin Corea’s left-footed shot from outside the area. Emmanuel Ledesma was a constant presence throughout the half, making New York look especially dangerous. The midfielder’s right-footed strike in the 40th minute, teed up by Márquez, forced Eddies keeper, Tyson Farago, to punch out for a corner. The Cosmos edged closer as half time drew near, but Edmonton went ahead right before the break. Daryl Fordyce connected to a Ben Fisk cross, heading in from the edge of the six-yard box in the 45th minute to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead.
Second half action saw the Cosmos maintain control of the game. New York produced the equalizer in the 66th minute through Ledesma, who drove a bullet from the top of the box inside the near post. The Argentine’s sixth Cosmos goal not only salvaged a point for New York but also prolonged the team’s goal-scoring streak – New York has now scored in nine consecutive road games, matching a record they held between May 17 and September 28, 2014.
Márquez and company continued to hound the final third. A controversial call added some drama to the final minutes of the game when the subbed-in, Kobi Moyal, went down in the box, and referee, Alain Ruch, opted to let play continue. The teams remained level after stoppage time, leaving the field with a score of 1-1.
Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese…
“We had more mobility. We controlled the ball and were more dangerous going forward. I still felt we were not sorted enough, but at the end, a great goal by Ledesma. I thought it was fantastic. Then [there was] a questionable call that maybe could have went our way. We moved the ball a lot faster, we found spaces, countered quicker and that’s why we were able to find the equalizer a lot easier. When Eugene [Starikov] came inside the game, I think he gave us the mobility that we needed as well.”
The Cosmos return home on August 19 to face Indy Eleven. Game time is 7:30 p.m.