Cosmos Top NYAC To Stay Undefeated

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Second-half substitutes Bledi Bardic and Ricardo Bocanegra scored seven minutes apart in the second half to lift the New York Cosmos to a 2-0 victory over New York Athletic Club.

The Cosmos (7-0-0, 21 points), who lead the NPSL’s North Atlantic Conference, recorded its 17th consecutive regular-season win dating back to the start of the 2018 season. NYAC, which has given up only eight goals this season, fell to 1-4-1.

Playing Sunday evening at Travers Island, the match for the Cosmos was its second in less than 24 hours. On Saturday, New York defeated Hartford City 5-1 at home.

While Sunday’s match with NYAC was scoreless throughout, the Cosmos would wrinkle the net twice late.

Bardic, who replaced Joey Sanchez in the 61st minute, powered a 28-yard shot into the upper right corner to snap a scoreless tie in the 79th minute off a Bocanegra pass.

Bocanegra, who scored his first goal as a Cosmos in the team’s win the night before, connected for his second of the season in the 86th minute, drilling an Aaron Dennis feed home for a two-goal cushion.

Goalkeeper Santiago Castano earned the clean sheet.

Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes made nine changes to his Starting XI from Saturday night. Only left back Pedro Galvao and central midfielder Junior Burgos were the only players who started both matches.

The Cosmos will play three consecutive matches on the road at the Brooklyn Italians on June 8, at Boston City FC on June 15, and at Rhode Island Reds FC on June 16.

They return to Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y., to start a four-game homestand against the Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds on June 23.