New York Cosmos Grab Historic 6-1 Win Over Carolina RailHawks

On Saturday night the New York Cosmos set a record for their modern incarnation by scoring 6 goals in a single match against visiting team Carolina RailHawks. Five of those goals came in the second half, also a record for most goals in a single half.

“I think in the second half the team came with a different mentality,” Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese said. “I’m very proud of the guys for the way they came to play. It was some quality play from the players and a good result for us.”

The first half, however, did not look like the rout the match would eventually end up. In the 6th minute, Carolina midfielder Nazmi Albadawi picked up the ball of a bad touch by Andres Flores and sent it into Matt Fondy, who handily slipped it past Jimmy Maurer to give the RailHawks the early lead. But the Cosmos struck back quickly Jairo Arrieta settles the ball in the box, passes it out to Flores, who is able to deliver it back to Juan Arango for a classic “Arangol” into the top corner.

The half continued with good chances by both teams, and great saves from Maurer and Fitzgerald to keep it level. The stats reflected this with 50.1%/49.9% possession and 6 shots for New York to Carolina’s 7.

In the second half, though, the Cosmos came out to win. Juan Arango grabbed a second goal off a rebound, Jairo Arrieta scored two, Flores got a goal of his own, and midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti scored his first goal of the season seconds before the full-time whistle blew.

“I had one in the open cup, but I wanted a lot more in this NASL season,” Guenzatti said. “Finally it came, I just stayed calm. Work hard and things come.”

The win brings the Cosmos to the top of the table with 23 points from 11 games in the Fall Season. Close behind them are FC Edmonton with 22 points from only 9 games, so New York will have to continue to perform well to secure a spot in the playoffs. But this big win gives them a +11 goal differential in the Fall Season and +18 goal differential for the Combined Season table, so if they end up in a tie like they did with Indy Eleven in the Spring, that should be enough to carry them through.

Photo Credit: New York Cosmos