In only their second home game of the new season, the New York Cosmos defeated the San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 in an exciting battle to the end. The winning goal scored by Henry Lopez in the 91st minute had the home team’s fans on their feet celebrating just when it appeared the contest would end in a tie. The victory marked the second straight home win for the newly revived Cosmos franchise.
After two unsuccessful efforts on the road producing no goals, the Cosmos were happy to return home to 6,852 enthusiastic fans and deliver a win. It was the second time the Cosmos secured a victory in the final minutes of the game. In their opening night contest at Hofstra University’s Stuart Stadium on August 3rd, New York defeated the Ft Lauderdale Strikers by the same 2-1 score thanks to a goal by Alessandro Noselli in the final minutes. This time against San Antonio their win came courtesy of an impressive header by 20 year old Henry Lopez during the 91st minute. The exciting victory gave the Cosmos second place in the standings with 7 points trailing the Carolina Railhawks by just 3 points.
The Cosmos who first made their mark in New York from 1977-1985 as part of Major League Soccer have returned to competitive play this year as part of the North American Soccer League. First made famous by superstars Pele, Carlos Alberto and Franz Beckenbauer the Cosmos folded in 1985. With the resurgence of soccer’s popularity in the United States and specifically in New York, the Cosmos have been revived and play their 2013 home games at Hofstra University on Long Island. The team will head back on the road to take on FC Edmonton September 1st before returning home for back to back games September 7th and 14th against Atlanta and Minnesota.