New York Cosmos 4
Puerto Rico FC 2
Goals: NYC: 13’ Ayoze, 69’ Emmanuel Ledesma (assist Andres Flores), 74’ Walter Restrepo (assist Irvin Herrera), 90’ + 4 Pablo Vranjican; PRFC: 17’ Jairo Puerto (assist Giuseppe Gentile), 24’ Conor Doyle (assist Jairo Puerto)
The first 10 minutes set the tone for the game with multiple strong tackles by both teams. New York opened the scoring in the 13th minute when a free kick by Ayoze flew past the opposition’s wall and into the net. Puerto Rico FC responded quickly and in the 17th minute, Puerto himself gave PRFC the equalizer from close range. The 24th minute brought some frustration for the Cosmos, as a Puerto cross from the left side of the box found Conor Doyle, whose one-touch finish put New York behind by a goal. The Cosmos started strong in the second half and kept the pressure on PRFC, but were unable to find the equalizer. In the 69th minute Cosmos midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma, changed the course of the game, scoring a screamer of an equalizer, a beautifully struck volley with his left foot. Restrepo’s tally five minutes later would give New York the lead for good. Forward, Pablo Vranjicán came off the bench in the final minutes of the game and made an instant impact. The Argentine scored in the 4th minute of stoppage time to deal a decisive blow and close out the night with 4-2 on the scoreboard, scoring in his first NASL match for the club.
Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese…
“They came here to battle us. In the second half, we came back, and we were able to regain control of the game.”
The Cosmos head to South Florida to take on Miami FC on June 24. Game time is 7:30 p.m.