The New York Cosmos find themselves in another close, low-scoring affair Saturday night against visiting Minnesota United, as the two teams are tied 0-0 after one half of play at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
The Cosmos’ best and first chance at scoring came in the 26th minute when Satoru Kashiwade lobbed a header that Minnesota’s keeper Matt Van Oekel stopped right at the goal line.
Minnesota nearly took the lead in stoppage time when midfielder Floyd Franks received a long ball in the box, but his attempt sailed just high of the crossbar.
The Cosmos have seen the lion's share of possession in the attacking third.
Minnesota’s best chance came in the 16th minute as Pablo Campos found himself free running into the Cosmos penalty area, but the home defenders were able to recover and block his effort on goal.
The first chance of the half came from the Cosmos' Hunter Gorskie in the 8th minute, as the Cosmos worked the ball around well outside the Untied goal area and an even pass led Gorskie into space from 22 yards out, but his shot drifted just wide left, hitting the outside netting of VanOekel's goal.
“We started well, we controlled the ball and were able to find space and created chances, but then held the ball too long and were not making chances,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese. “Then they caused us some problems because we gave them the ball.”
United FC coach Manny Lagos said: “We had some moments where I thought we could have done better and I thought we broke them down well and had some good chances.
It is going to be a tough second 45 minutes. I really think we’re going to try and expose them a bit more in midfield.”
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