Things are looking clear in the NASL Spring Season as the New York Cosmos managed a convincing 3-0 win over San Antonio Scorpions at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night. The result was the first match in 10 that the Scorpions were held scoreless and was New York Cosmos’ first win against San Antonio since 2013.
The result sees New York extend their unbeaten run to eight matches, and gives them an all but unassailable lead for the Spring Championship. Tampa Bay and Minnesota have one game in hand on the Cosmos, which keeps things alive, but both teams would need to win out to stop the Cosmos from winning the title.
After the Scorpions had won two matches in a row the came in to the match high on confidence but just 18 minutes in to the match that confidence was gone. Luck Mkosana went down in the box, earning New York a penalty, which was cooly dispatched by Raul to give the hosts the lead.
Despite the score line which reflects the New York’s dominance of the match as a whole, the remainder of the first half was fairly even. Despite that the Scorpions never really threatened the New York goal and the hosts went to the break 1-0 up.
The Scorpions started the second half strongly and could well have had the lead just three minutes in to the second half. A free kick presented the opportunity for the Scorpions but the effort was saved, with the corner also coming to naught.
The match was tight throughout the second half and in the 76th minute there was another chance for San Antonio to equalize. Omar Cummings made a good run at goal coming in at a tight angle but his effort was well saved by Jimmy Maurer.
Four minutes later there was another chance for the Scorpions, Billy Forbes made a great run, on the edge of the area. Forbes shot on the edge of the area was saved by Maurer and spilled out but there was no Scorpion able to tap it home.
That miss proved costly just one minute later as New York Cosmos doubled their lead to seal the match in the 81st. An Ayoze free kick was floated in and found Roversio who headed home New York’s second to give the Cosmos the vital cushion.
If that wasn’t already the match sealed it was put to bed in the 86th minute when New York scored their third of the night. Raul was able to provide the assist as he sent the ball in for Lucky Mkosona who headed on for Leonardo Fernandes who sent it home, wrapping up the 3-0 win.
San Antonio Soccer News Player of the Year Votes:
3 – Billy Forbes (Total: 8)
2 – Stephen DeRoux
1 – Not Awarded