New York Cosmos 3
Miami FC 1
Goals: NYC: 64’ Eric Calvillo, 79’ Eric Calvillo (assist Kobi Moyal), 90’ Kobi Moyal; MIA: 69’ Kwadwo Poku (assist Ariel Martinez)
Overview: The fall season schedule for the New York Cosmos began in a strange way against Miami FC. New York has some early opportunities through the first quarter hour but was thwarted by Miami keeper Daniel Vega. The match took a couple of major twists and turns midway through the first half when in the 19th minute New York’s Emmanuel Ledesma was sent off on a red card. Five minutes later, the teams were 10 aside when Miami’s Hunter Freeman received a red card. Despite the fireworks, the teams went to the half knotted at 0-0. The referee made his presence known again in the 64th minute as the Cosmos earned a penalty after Kwadwo Poku’s foul on Ryan Richter. The subbed-in Ayoze sent the spot kick flying off the crossbar but Eric Calvillo notched in the rebound for his second goal of the season. Five minutes later Miami would level the match on a goal from Poku. In the 79th minute, Calvillo beat Richie Ryan to bag his brace, firing into the net from outside the area and giving the Cosmos the lead in the 79th minute. Kobi Moyal opened his account for the club in the last minute of regulation time, going one on one against the keeper to give the Cosmos a 3-1 victory in front of 5,416 cheering fans.
Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese…
“For us, it was important just to win this game. I think the most important part was how aggressive we were to pressure to win important balls, and I think that’s how the third goal came. I didn’t think about [Ledesma’s red card]. I just thought of what we needed to do in the moment. In the second half, we raised the level and pressured in the right moments.”
The Cosmos will be on the road against the San Francisco Deltas on Saturday, August 5, at 8 p.m.