New York Cosmos 4
Puerto Rico FC 3
Goals: New York: 42’ Andres Flores (assist Emmanuel Ledesma), 45’+2 Juan Guerra (assist Emmanuel Ledesma), 50’ Ryan Richter (assist Dejan Jakovic), 58’ Walter Restrepo; PRFC: 15’ Giusppe Gentile (assist Emery Welshman), 16’ Emery Welshman, 64’ Cristiano Dias (penalty kick)
Overview: Delayed a day after Saturday’s heavy rains, the Cosmos battled to a hard-fought one-goal victory at home. The match did not start well for New York as Puerto Rico’s two goals one minute apart gave the visitors a 2-0 before the 20-minute mark. Momentum shifted in the 36th minute after PRFC’s Yuma’s challenge on midfielder Juan Guerra earned him a red card. New York would then equalize scoring goals five minutes apart just before halftime. The victory gave New York their first three points at home. Emirates Man of the Match honors deservedly went to Ledesma, who provided two assists during the match.
Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese…
“We are very happy because we won today’s match, got three points and are now in second place in the standings. Today, we showed great character as a team and we will continue working hard to grow and develop as the season progresses.”
New York will begin U.S. Open Cup play in Pennsylvania against Reading United AC. Game time is 7 p.m. The Cosmos then return to NASL action on Sunday, May 27, at home against San Francisco Deltas. Game time is 7 p.m.