June 16, 2016
Cosmos defeat NYC FC in Open Cup on Szetela's late goal
By Michael Lewis
|Danny Szetela scored the decisive goal in the 88th minute.
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BRONX, N.Y. -- Midfielder Danny Szetela scored off a header in the 88th minute to lift the Cosmos to a 1-0 victory over New York City FC in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup at Fordham University Wednesday night.
It was the second year in a row the Cosmos eliminated the Major League Soccer side from the competition.
In its two years of existence, City still hasn't beat neither of its area rivals. The team is 0-1-1 against the Cosmos (last year's result goes down in the books as a draw, according to competition rules) and is 0-4 against the Red Bulls.
The Cosmos will advance to the fifth round, which will be played on June 29. The draw will be held Thursday morning.
The winning goal started on a City turnover. Second-half substitute Adam Moffat started the counterattack with a pass to Yohandry Orozco, who bolted down the field. Orozco then crossed the ball to Szetela at the right post and he headed it home from point-blank range past goalkeeper Eirik Johansen.
Cosmos right back Hunter Freeman made the defensive play in the 73rd minute. After goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer bobbled the ball, City forward Patrick Mullins fired a shot at empty net that Freeman slid to save.
While both coaches stressed the importance of the match, the Cosmos deployed a full Starting XI of regulars. That included Roversio, returning from a knee injury.
City, on the other hand, used two players who could be considered regulars -- midfielders Mix Diserkud and Mikey Lopez. The hosts had four starters on the bench -- defenders RJ Allen, Jason Hernandez and Andoni Iraola and midfielder Thomas McNamara. None of the team's big-named Designated Players -- David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard -- dressed.
NYC FC head coach Patrick Vieiras options were limited because teams were allowed to use only as many as five foreign players in the match.
The artificial turf produced a fast game as players from both teams experienced major problems controlling, passing and shooting the ball in the opening half.
Once in a while, a shot wound up on goal. With the game only six minutes old, the Cosmos' Juan Arango tested Eirik Johansen with a point-blank shot that the goalkeeper saved. In the 37th minute, Arango turned playmaker as he led Szetela with a pass but Johansen managed to get to the ball first.
Kwadwo Poku had City's best chance as keeper Jimmy Maurer had no problem gathering in his one-bounce header in the 15th minute.
As the second half wore on, City became more comfortable and took possession of the game. Twice the hosts forced goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer to knock the ball away on shots by Diego Martinez (54th minute) and Patrick Mullins (68th minute).
88 - Cosmos: Danny Szetela (Assisted By: Yohandry Orozco, Adam Moffat)
43 - Cosmos: Juan Arango (Yellow Card)
44 - City: Jefferson Mena (Yellow Card)
52 - City: Ethan White (Yellow Card)
53 - Cosmos: Daniel Szetela (Yellow Card)
New York City FC: Eirik Johansen; Shannon Gomez, Ethan White, Jefferson Mena (87 Jason Hernandez), Diego Martinez; Mikey Lopez, Mehdi Ballouchy (90 Jack Harrison), Mix Diskerud; Kwadwo Poku, Patrick Mullins, Khiry Shelton (73 Tony Taylor)
Substitutions not used: Andre Rawls, RJ Allen, Thomas McNamara, Andoni Iraola
New York Cosmos: Jimmy Maurer; Ayoze Perez, Carlos Mendes, Roversio, Freeman; Danny Szetela, Yohandry Orozco (90+3 Lucky Mkosana), Ruben Bover (79 Adam Moffat), Juan Arango, Sebastian Guenzetti; Jairo Arrieta (90 Jimmy Ockford)
Substitutions not used: David Diosa, Andres Flores, Brian Holt, Alexis Velela
Referee: Joreg Gonzales
Assistant Referee: David Breckner
Assistant Referee: Thomas Felice
Fourth Official: Alilcar Sicaju