June 17, 2015
ANOTHER ONE DOES BITE THE DUST
After overcoming NYC FC, Cosmos can lay claim to being best pro team in New York
By Michael Lewis
|Hunter Gorskie: "For us there is a big emphasis on the Open Cup and establishing ourselves as a global brand."
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- As the 11,426 spectators filled out of Shuart Stadium Wednesday night, the sounds of Queen's immoral "Another One Bites the Dust" played in the background.
How appropriate because another did bite the dust as far the Cosmos were concerned.
The North American Soccer League team continued its giant killing of Major League Soccer teams named New York in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup, this time in dramatic fashion.
Last year the Cosmos dispatched the Red Bulls in their most complete performance of the season en route to a 3-0 victory here.
This year they were not as neat. Still, they managed to overcome a two-goal deficit in the second half and register a 4-3 shootout win over New York City FC after playing to a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes of regulation and extratime.
Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer made three saves in the shootout and Hunter Gorskie converted the winning penalty after Leo Fernandes and Lucky Mkosana scored goals, the latter in the dramatic 90th-minute. That offset up a pair of goals by Kwadwo Poku.
"For us there is a big emphasis on the Open Cup and establishing ourselves as a global brand," Gorskie said. "Obviously, playing a quality side, an MLS side there is an extra to that. Iím just glad we can go out and prove we're a talented team and were a force to be reckoned with."
So, do the Cosmos think they are best side in New York?
"You've got to ask, huh?" Maurer said with a laugh. "On the run, we're 2-0, so I don't know. I don't want to get too much into it. We haven't lost yet. Hopefully we can keep it going."
Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese wouldn't go as far to declare that his club was the best among professional sides in the metropolitan area.
"The most important thing is that they take us seriously, that we're capable of big things and that we can compete with anyone," he said.
ďThatís something for the fans to talk about.Ē
Bragging rights to a city or an area is one thing, but the Cosmos have something else in mind -- a chance to play in the CONCACAF Champions League, which the winner will receive besides gold medals.
"We felt last year that we wanted to compete and go all the way," Savarese said. "We remember what happened in Philly."
That was a controversial loss at the Philadelphia Union in the fifth round that squelched the Cosmos' plans to win it all.
"We feel we have a stronger team," Savarese said. "We are going to compete as much as we can and go all the way."