Savarese Assails Own Front Office After Cosmos Lose Match And Composure

Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn, New York – In the 37th minute of their 4-2 loss to FC Edmonton, the New York Cosmos were granted a penalty kick after Walter Restrepo was taken down inside the visitor’s box. Amidst protests from the guilty parties, the referees took a look at the video board where the play in question was being shown on replay. After seeing that the foul actually occurred outside the box, they rescinded the penalty and awarded a free kick outside the box. As expected, Cosmos manager Giovanni Savarese was incensed, but his ire was not directed at the officials, but, instead, at his own front office.

“I can’t even blame the referees for today’s loss,” said the normally composed Venzuelan, whose voice progressively gained volume. “Today we lost the game. And we lost from the front office!”

Savarese was incensed in the postmatch press conference, and expounded on his criticism of his own organization. “Showing freakin’ videos on top…and showing to the referee to make a decision. That’s a front office lack of professionalism,” said the red-faced manager.

Though the Cosmos took a 1-0 lead only minutes after the controversial decision, their lack of composure from from 65th minute on subverted their otherwise solid performance against the last place Eddies. The Canadians, who came into the match having scored five goals all season, scored four four goals in a 20 minute stretch that included two Cosmos red cards. After going down 2-1, Darrius Barnes and Juan Guerra lost their composure and were both ejected in a five minute span. In a desperate attempt for goals, central back Carlos Mendez was moved to the striker position; a necessary risk but one that was not rewarded. 

The Cosmos did claw back a goal in second-half stoppage time after a bizarre sequence that saw Javi Marquez miss a penalty kick, but drew a second foul inside the box on the rebound, and a second consecutive penalty kick. This time, Ayoze stepped up to the spot and sent a panenka into the back of the net. Alas, it was too little too late as the referee blew the final whistle seconds later.

This match was originally scheduled to be played last month, but the Cosmos’ abrupt and controversial trip to Saudi Arabia forced the rescheduling of it to Wednesday night. The Cosmos take the field at MCU Park on Saturday against North Carolina FC, their third match in less than a week.