Former Spain international Marcos Senna drilled a low free kick through the FC Edmonton defensive wall to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw on the road for the New York Cosmos on Sunday afternoon.
The draw pushed the Cosmos up to third spot in the NASL standings, a point behind second placed Fort Lauderdale Strikers who are one point shy of leaders Carolina, having beaten the RailHawks on Friday night in their third straight win of the NASL Fall Season.
FC Edmonton midfielder Chris Nurse, whose third goal in as many games had earned the Canadian side a second half lead, said of the draw: “It’s a disappointing result for us because we were at home and I think we were the better team on the day. One lapse in concentration cost us. We just need to be a little more clinical in the final third and stay switched on throughout the game.”
FC Edmonton looked the most keen to get the early goal during a scoreless first half. When the pressure eased for the Cosmos, it was FCE defender Lance Laing that picked up the ball on the near side of the field and drifted in a shot that troubled Cosmos keeper Kyle Reynish enough to back up and cover his net until it went just over the bar and out of play.
Less than a minute later, Eddie midfielder Neil Hlavaty found some space along the far side of the Cosmos 18-yard box and sent a pinpoint accurate ball onto the head of striker Anthony Adur whose free header ended up going over the bar and out for a Cosmos goal-kick.
The Eddies kept their backline high as the half progressed. The closest chance that the Cosmos could muster in the first 35 minutes was a shot from just outside the 18-yard box by midfielder Hagop Chirishian, but it was well read by FCE ‘keeper Lance Parker.
The Cosmos picked up momentum in the final minutes of the half. Chirishian once again found himself with the ball in front of the Eddies goal, but scuffed the shot and the FC Edmonton backline recovered to clear the chance.
The hosts took the lead on the hour mark when Neil Hlavaty crossed after Cosmos keeper Kyle Reynish had made a fine save to deny the Eddies and Nurse was on hand to score for the third game in a row from close range.
“The ball just broke and any time you see a player making a run you get into the box and Neil made the cross and I managed to get on the end of it,” said Nurse.
With 11 minutes remaining, FC Edmonton skipper Albert Watson was judged to have handled the ball just outside the penalty area and Senna stepped up to score the equlaizer with a low shot that crept under the wall and found the far corner of the home net.
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