Cosmos Back In First After Miami Victory

The Cosmos first trip to Miami since rejoining the league three years ago proved successful as New York defeated expansion Miami FC 3-0 at FIU Park.

In the 18th minute, the defending North American Soccer League champions opened the scoring when Juan Arango headed a Hunter Freeman cross past Miami keeper Mario Daniel Vega.

New York would extend its lead to 2-0 when Gabriel Farfán scored his first goal in a Cosmos uniform, settling a headed clearance by Miami’s Jonathan Borrajo and putting a shot from 15 yards out.

“It was a positive thing for him to score the goal, and I think overall he had very good matches these past two games,” said Giovanni Savarese, Cosmos head coach.

Five minutes into the second half, a long through ball by Ayoze Garcia-Perez sent Jairo Arrieta behind the Miami FC defense. Arrieta took a touch and then slotted the ball into the net from the edge of the 18-yard box to give the Cosmos a 3-0 lead.

“At that point, 3-0, it was an important moment because we could move the ball a little bit better in order to possess and maintain the game in our favor,” Savarese said. “The guys did a fantastic job to maintain the advantage.”

With the win the Cosmos (4-0-2) move level with the Carolina RailHawks with 12 points from six matches, but move ahead on goal differential, the first tiebreaker. Miami FC (0-2-4) remains at the bottom of the table with two points from six matches.

“It’s where we want to be. We’re back on top, but this is a week to week situation and we have to keep on working,” Savarese said. “We can be content with this victory, but it has to be in our core, in our efforts to continue this way.”

He added, “I feel very content with the effort of the team today, and we want to continue to have this type of mentality. What I was happy about was the patience the team had in order to move the ball around and find the right moments to go forward. I think it was a positive match for sure.”