New York Cosmos Continue To Top NASL Table

At the end of September, the New York Cosmos currently sit on top of the NASL Fall Season table with 34 points (10-3-4). This puts them 6 points above second-place Miami FC with just five matches left in the season. On the Combined Season Table the New York side is also in first place with 52 points, 7 clear of Indy Eleven’s 45.

The latest result was a much needed 2-0 road win against Carolina RailHawks. Despite their dominance at their home stadium on Long Island, the Cosmos have struggled on the road this year with a 4-7-2 record. With only two home games left in the season, it was important for the Cosmos to have a good away performance.

“It was an interesting match,” Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese said. “I think Carolina tried everything they could to find space, but I thought we were very organized, especially in the second half. I’m very pleased with the work these guys put in.”

The win came after a rather lackluster month for the team that usually plays with so much flair. Before this match, the Cosmos had managed to score only one goal in the month of September – during their only win of the month at home against Minnesota United FC. The team lacked the creativity and spark that they usually play with.

But against the RailHawks, Savarese managed to bring it out of his team again, particularly in the second half. The scoring started in the 70th minute when Connor Tobin took down Sebastian Guenzatti in the box to concede a penalty. Adam Moffat stepped up to the spot and easily converted to give his team the 1-0 lead and earn himself his eighth goal of the season. Just minutes later, New York managed to get on the score sheet again when Ruben Bover blasted the ball past Brian Sylvestre from 23-yards out.

Still, their road performances are a concern while they look to close out the season. Possession was equal throughout the match, and Carolina had a lot of solid chances. Though Miami FC and Indy Eleven are 6 and 7 points behind them respectively, they both have a game in hand. If the Cosmos continue to drop points on the road, these teams can easy catch up to them. The Cosmos have to win the Fall Season or stay in the top 2 of the Combined Season table to make it into the playoffs and fight for a chance at their third NASL Championship trophy.

The team plays next on October 2nd at 4:00pm when they host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Photo Credit: Carolina RailHawks

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