New York Cosmos Carry Momentum Into Matchup With NYAC

The club is coming off a 5-1 win over Hartford City FC
Jun 2, 2019
The New York Cosmos had just put the finishing touches of their 5-1 home win over Hartford City FC on Saturday night before their thoughts turned to their next opponent.
 
The North Atlantic Conference leaders (6-0-0, 18 points) will visit New York Athletic Club (1-3-1, 4) on Travers Island in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Sunday at 5 p.m.
 
Prior to the weekend, head coach Carlos Mendes said he was going to rotate his players.
 
"We have a deep roster," said Junior Burgos, who scored in the victory over Hartford City FC. "We have a lot of guys who are fresh. We just have to rotate the players."
 
Mendes hasn’t revealed his plans for NYAC, saying that he would decide before Sunday’s encounter.
 
"I'll be ready whether the coach needs me as a starter or as a sub," Ricardoo Bocanegra said through a translator following the match, which saw him score his first Cosmos goal from the penalty spot
 
"It's a really special moment for me, my first goal as a Cosmos player," he said. "I thank the team to give me the confidence to step up and take the penalty. Most importantly, it's not just about the goal, but because we got the win. I hope it’s the first one of many."
 
Against Hartford, an opponent scored first on the Cosmos for the first time in NPSL, forcing them to play catch-up.
 
"There are going to be moments when we're going to be down in the game," Burgos said. "This is our first time. The most important part was the response of the team. We knew we needed to concentrate a bit more, focus and try to take our chances that we're getting before the goals came."
 
It was all about not panicking and the Cosmos playing their game.
 
"I was very calm," Bocanegra said. "I wanted to be contagious to the team, to transmit that message to let them know we needed to stay calm. I have faith in the group I knew that we have a good team that we were going to come back and win it."
 
Aly Alberto Hassan, who scored twice on Saturday, agreed.
 
"We didn't panic," he said. "It's a long game. We had to keep our composure. We know when we're doing things the right way, we can turn the game around."
 
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