April 4, 2016
5 takeaways from Cosmos' impressive victory
By Michael Lewis
The Cosmos were quite impressive in their 3-0 season-opening win over Ottawa Fury FC at Shuart Stadium Sunday.
Just read on about my five quick takeaways from the North American Soccer League champions:
When head coach Giovanni Savarese went to the bench in the second half, there was no drop off in play. In fact, with the talent out there and fresher legs, you can argue the Cosmos were more dangerous as tried to add to their lead behind substitutes Adam Moffat, Niko Kranjcar and Lucky Mkosana.
He's the Juan
You could not have asked for a better debut than what Juan Arango had. The Venezuelan international midfielder connected for a brace over a two-minute span late in the first half and could have had two more goals. Sebastian Guenzatti, Jairo Arrieta and Arango formed one extremely tough trio. For their first official match, at times they looked like they had been playing together for months.
After missing a good portion of the 2015 fall season and preseason, Moffat was awarded for his patience and persistence by scoring a memorable goal off a 40-yard chip for the final goal of the game in the 71st minute. Sometimes good things do come to those who wait.
A kick save and a beauty
No doubt that goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer was at the top of his game. He made smart plays, whether he decided to punch the ball out of harm's way or just reacted to the play. His 53rd-minute kick save on Paulo Junior was a game changer.
The bottom line
For openers, the Cosmos were quite impressive on both sides of the ball. True, they had some lapses defensively, but we have to remember there was another team trying to score as well. After adding things up, this could be the most formidable Cosmos side since the club returned to competitive action in 2013. Now, that's a scary statement.
If the Cosmos can stay away from injuries and Savarese can keep everyone happy, this team has potential to do some damage well into November.