Cosmos Play to 1-1 Draw Versus Atlanta in New York

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Hempstead, NY – Sometimes in sports, the better team does not walk away with a win. Despite playing their best soccer match of the season, the New York Cosmos battled the 2013 NASL Spring Season Champions, the Atlanta Silverbacks to a 1-1 draw. For the first time this season, the Cosmos failed to win at home.

No matter how aggressively the Cosmos attacked the net, they weren’t able to get the ball past through Atlanta goalkeeper Joe Nasco. Making brilliant save after save, the potential NASL Player of the Week was magnificent in his eight save performance. Take away Marcos Senna successful penalty kick conversion in the 44th minute, Nasco would have had a blank sheet.

Fortunately for him and the Silverbacks, Shane Moroney’s header got past New York goalkeeper Kyle Reynish in the 49th minute. Unlike the first two home matches, the Cosmos failed to win the match in stoppage time. While the draw wasn’t the result we had hoped for, the team’s performance rose to the occasion and left it all out there.

Following Saturday’s NASL results, the 2-1-3, 9-points Cosmos are currently in fourth in the standings. They trail the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Carolina Railhawks and Fort Lauderdale Strikers by one point for the top league’s spot spot. Staying at home, the Cosmos will face Minnesota United with the opportunity to move up in the standings.

With eight matches remaining, the Cosmos remain in position to win the NASL Fall Season Championship. Overall, the Cosmos moved the ball extremely well. As evidenced by their by 17 shots-on-goals, nine corner kicks and solid ball movement, the Cosmos may have finally found their rhythm.

The Cosmos player who had a breakout game was Satoru Kashiwase. In the second half, he was trying to score his first goal of the season and had it not been for Nasco’s herculean efforts, Kashiwase would more than likely have succeeded.

Against Minnesota, will the Cosmos be able to score in the early going? Will they be able to score more than two goals at home? Will the team be able to move the ball even better? Is Kashiwase’s performance on Saturday an indication that he’s going to have a standout second half of the Fall Season? We’ll find out on Saturday…

Pedro Heizer

The founder, editor and publisher of 90 Minutes Stong, Pedro is credentialed member of U.S. Soccer, Orlando City Soccer Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and others, as well as a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

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