June 14, 2014
By Matthew Levine
PAINTING THE TOWN GREEN
Cosmos dominate the Red Bulls en route to 3-0 win
Big Apple Soccer Writer
HEMPSTEAD, NY---The New York Cosmos got their first chance at being the toast of the town on Saturday night, routing the New York Red Bulls 3-0 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match, outshooting the MLS team 21-3.
|Mads Stokkelien celebrates one of his two goals for the Cosmos.
Photo courtesy of the NASL
“I don't think they were expecting so much from us, they didn't know the talent we had in this team and the effort everybody fought to the end. Everybody was a gladiator today and I'm proud of everybody,” said midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti.
It took a mere eight minutes for the Cosmos to jump out to a lead. Former Red Bulls defender Carlos Mendes lofted a through ball to Mads Stokkelien. The striker after the ball took a few bounces to reach him, hit it first time and found the top corner at the far post, leaving Ryan Meara no chance.
He then had an equally fine finish in the second half. Danny Szetela played in from just inside the box on the right and picked out Stokkelien whose volley found the bottom corner to the far side in the 73rd minute.
“Today I felt like the other players made me good. They made me look good out there. The first was a good goal, but it was also a good pass from Carlos,” Stokkelien said after the match. The second goal was a great ball from Danny and the third one, even though I got an assist, it was all about what [Alessandro] Noselli did.”
Noselli finished off the scoring for the Cosmos in the 78th minute. Hunter Freeman played a long ball in that Stokkelien chested into Noeslli's path. He took one touch to his right and then cut it back to his left and beat Meara with a low-drive from around the penalty spot.
“Perfect ball from Mads. I don't know, it happened all in two seconds. I wanted to shoot with my right foot, but I watched the right back come toward me and I changed decision. It was a good decision for me. Today, all three scores were great, great scorers,” said Noselli.
From the opening minute, it felt like a derby match. Ibrahim Sekagya took Ayoze down with a tough challenge in the third minute.
Hunter Freeman whipped in a cross, but Hagop Chirishian's diving header went begging. He hurt himself on the play, but was battle to stay in the game.
Chances for the Cosmos kept on coming. Guenzatti came close in the 18th minute. After rounding Armando in the box, Guenzatti's close-range effort was saved by Meara. Marcos Senna's presence on free-kicks was missed when Ayoze sent one well over the bar in the 22nd minute.
Mendes came inches away from doubling the lead, but his shot rattled the bar in the 25th minute. Jimmy Ockord had the initial effort on goal, but it was blocked on its way through to goal.
The Red Bulls finally found a chance at goal from a Johnny Steele shot inside the 18 on 32 minutes. However, Jimmy Maurer, who had little to do in the first half made a diving save. It was their only real scoring chance after being held to zero shots in the second half.
The pressure was back on the Red Bulls end shortly after. Stokkelien found Alessandro Nosellis with a ball over the top. The Italians diving header went just over the bar in the 43rd minute. Guenzatti was clean on goal a minute later, but his shot narrowly went wide.
The Cosmos continued their offensive onslaught. Right after the restart, Guenzatti again was heavily involved. He fired a weak shot that was easily saved in the 52nd minute and then tried an ambitious effort in the 58th.
Szetela then took a crack from just outside the box, but he fired his shot well over. Guenzatti then tried again, but Meara came up with a save in the 72nd minute.
The Red Bulls frustration finally boiled over in the 87th minute with an ugly tackle from Chris Duvall. The young right back for the Red Bulls went into a flying tackle with both feet, taking down Guenzatti, which earned a red card.
“He was talking a little s*** so I knew it was coming,” said Guenzatti.
The Cosmos certainly put everything together in routing the Red Bulls.
“Today was a complete performance and it was very good to see from the team,” said head coach Giovanni Savarese.
The Cosmos next match will either be on June 24th or 25th depending on the winner of the Harrisburg City Islanders/Philadelphia Union match on June 17th.
However, the Cosmos on this night have all of the bragging rights.
“Unbelievable, 3-0 against the Red Bulls is unbelievable. I don't know in the future, but today maybe we are the best team in New York,” said Noselli.