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Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs San Antonio Scorpions

The New York Cosmos will host the San Antonio Scorpions on Aug. 24 at Hofstra University in the club’s fourth match of the North American Soccer League Fall season.

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The New York Cosmos will host the San Antonio Scorpions on Aug. 24 at Hofstra University in the club’s fourth match of the North American Soccer League Fall season.

Aug. 24 is also Champions Night and the first 7500 fans in attendance will a free Cosmos Country T-shirt.

The Cosmos suffered their first loss of the season on Aug. 17 against the Carolina RailHawks in Cary, NC. In an eventful match, two goals from Brian Shriver and another by teammate Brian Ackley gave the hosts a 3-0 victory.

In the match, the Cosmos outshot their opponents 11 to 5 but were unable to put away any of the chances they generated.

“We created lots of chances,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “I think we just need to start capitalizing on our opportunities.”

“The team is growing every match,” he said. “But unfortunately, Carolina beat us so we will have to work harder.”

The Cosmos will be without the services of Joseph Nane and Sebastian Guenzatti against the Scorpions after both players received red cards in the match against the RailHawks.

Brazilian defender Roversio, who made his debut for the Cosmos against the RailHawks, will look to play a part against the Scorpions.

“Roversio is a great addition,” Savarese said. “Roversio is exactly what this team needed.

“We're glad to have him. He's experienced, he's confident and he will allow us to be more solid at the back.”

The San Antonio Scorpions have opened the NASL Fall season with three straight losses. In their last outing, the Scorpions lost to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-1.

Despite the difficult start to the season, the Scorpions finished the Spring season in great form and forward Hans Denissen is in second place in the NASL Golden Boot race, with 10 goals.

“The Scorpions are a very complicated team.” Savarese said. “They will be very hungry to get three points because they haven’t won a game yet. That makes them a more difficult team to face. They will be 100% motivated.

“I expect a very tough match this weekend.”

Fan Fest will run before the Aug. 24 match from approximately 5 to 6:45 p.m. and is free and open to fans of all ages. There will be three inflatable games and giveaways.
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Tickets are still available for the match at nycosmos.com/tickets.
 

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(Andy Marlin/Getty images for the New York Cosmos)

Match Report: New York Cosmos 2-1 San Antonio Scorpions

The New York Cosmos scored a second straight stoppage time winner at home to grab a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions in a North American Soccer League match in front of 6,852 fans at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

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The New York Cosmos scored a second straight stoppage time winner at home to grab a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions in a North American Soccer League match in front of 6,852 fans at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
 
Diomar Diaz put the Cosmos in front with an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute. After San Antonio defender Greg Janicki tackled the ball away from Ayoze inside the 18-yard box, the ball squirted out to Diaz who unleashed a rocket from 16 yards out to give the Cosmos a deserved 1-0 lead going into the break.

In the second half, San Antonio was reduced to 10 men after Janicki picked up his second yellow card in the 51st minute for a rough tackle on Diaz.

Despite being down a man, the Scorpions equalized in the 65th minute when an unmarked Zahorski knocked in a cross from Lyle Martin at the back post. 

Four minutes later, Zahorski nearly added his second, but Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Reynish came off his line to make the critical save.

The Cosmos nearly regained the lead in the 78th minute when Lopez latched onto a Senna cross, but his header from seven yards went off the hands of Hannigan and out for a corner kick.

San Antonio coach Tim Hankinson made two substitutions in the first six minutes of the second half, with Javier Saavedra replacing Walter Ramirez to start the second half and Jeff Jennings coming on for Pat Phelan in the 51st minute.

Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese made his first substitution in the 64th minute when Stefan Dimitrov replaced Hagop Chirishian. In the 71st minute, Lopez came on for Diaz and Satoru Kashiwase replaced Noselli in the 89th minute for the Cosmos' final substitution.

The Cosmos continued to search for an equalizer but had to wait until stoppage time, when Henry Lopez headed in a cross from Marcos Senna in the 92nd minute to secure the victory.  

"The game was different," Giovanni Savarese said. "They created chances, our goalkeeper was able to be big today in two or three situations and we also created more opportunities, found more spaces behind the other team. In some ways it was a different game but the score was the same and the drama at the end was the same."


Scoring Summary:

New York: Diaz - 42nd minute
San Antonio: Zahorski - 64th minute
New York: Lopez - 92nd minute

Lineups: 

New York:
Reynish, Freeman, Mendes, Roversio, Gorskie, Senna, Szetela, Ayoze, Chirishian (Dimitrov 64'), Díaz (Lopez 71'), Noselli (Kashiwase 89')

San Antonio:
Hannigan, Wagner, Harmse, Ramírez (Saavedra 46'), Martin, Vucko, Janicki, DeRoux (Noel 93'), Phelan (Jennings 51'), Zahorski, Denissen  

Stats:

 

 

  New York San Antonio
Corner Kicks 9 1
Shots On Goal 3 4
Shots Wide 19 3
Fouls 17 15
Offsides 7 1

 

 

Video Recap: New York Cosmos vs San Antonio Scorpions





Go behind the scenes of the New York Cosmos' 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions.



The Cosmos return to Hofstra University on Sept. 7 to play the Atlanta Silverbacks. Go to nycosmos.com/tickets for tickets.

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