The NASL’s New York Cosmos lost an international friendly, 2-1, to host Leyton Orient FC of the English Football League One at London’s Matchroom Stadium on Wednesday.
Leyton Orient forward David Mooney opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a header that went past Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer for a 1-0 lead.
Cosmos forward Alessandro Noselli replaced Japanese striker Satoru Kashiwase in the 35th minute and the substitution almost paid off the New York hit the bar twice, once by Cameroon midfielder Joseph Nane and the second from the Italian native Noselli.
In the 55th minute of the second half, Cosmos forward Jemal Johnson went down with a knee injury and was replaced by forward Sebastian Guenzatti.
A few minutes later, Noselli fouled Leyton Orient defender Mathieu Baudry in the 18-yard box and the host were awarded a penalty. Forward Kevin Lisbie, who was the English side’s leading scorer last season, converted to give his team a 2-0 advantage in the 59th minute.
The Cosmos pulled a goal back in the 74th minute when Uruguayan Guenzatti scored from long range, however, Leyton Orient held on for the 2-1 win.
"This is exactly what we needed and what we were looking for,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese after the game. “Leyton Orient is a good team and gave us a great match."
24.07.2013: London, ENGLAND; Matchroom Stadium (A: 2004)
LEYTON ORIENT FC (ENG) – NEW YORK COSMOS 2-1 (1-0)
David MOONEY 23’; Kevin LISBIE 59’ pen – Sebastian GUENZATTI 74’
Leyton Orient FC:Jamie Jones - Gary Sawyer, Scott Cuthbert (69: Elliot Omozusi), Nathan Clarke, Mathieu Baudry (84: De’Reece Vanderhyde), Moses Odubajo, Lloyd James (69: Harry Lee), Romain Vincelot, Shaun Batt, David Mooney (86: Adda Djaziri), Kevin Lisbie (76: Georgiou).
TD: Russell SLADE
New York Cosmos:Jimmy Maurer - Hunter Freeman, Hunter Gorskie (69: Korey Veeder), Carlos Mendes, Joseph Nane, Ayoze, Roversio, Marcos Senna, Diomar Diaz (69: Henry Lopez), Satoru Kashiwase (36: Alessandro Noselli), Jemal Johnson (54: Sebastian Guenzatti). Booked: Freeman 65’
TD: Giovanni SAVARESE
R: Stuart ATTWELL (ENG)
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