Ledula, Hassan Star For Cosmos In Rout Over GLRD

Charlie Ledula. Photo: New York Cosmos

Charlie Ledula and Aly Alberto Hassan each scored twice as the New York Cosmos turned in a dominating performance with a 7-1 win over the Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds in NPSL action.

Following its tough 2-1 loss to Hartford Athletic in the U.S. Open Cup earlier in the week, New York bounced back in its Friday night match played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Massachusetts.

Junior Burgos gave New York the lead in the 23rd minute from the spot after Pedro Galvao was taken down in the box. The Salvadoran international rifled his attempt into the left side of the net past goalkeeper Jack Rivers.

Seven minutes later Ledula would double the Cosmos lead after connecting with a feed from David Diosa. The former LIU Post star would get his brace in the 40th minute to extend New York’s lead to 3-0.

The Cosmos had its NPSL shutout streak snapped at 325 minutes after a Rough Diamonds player was taken down in the penalty area. Luke Neves drilled his attempt past goalkeeper Jesse Corke in the 55th minute.

Salvatore Barone restored the Cosmos’ three-goal lead in the 62nd minute as he fired a 35-yard freekick from the right side that went off River’s hands and into the net.

Hassan would then grab the spotlight with goals in the 70th minute and 76th minute.

Bledi Bardic, who tallied twice in the U.S. Open Cup, closed out the scoring with his first NPSL goal in the 88th minute.

The Cosmos conclude their New England road swing against Hartford City FC at Central Connecticut State University on Sunday at 4 p.m.