North Carolina FC Falls To The Cosmos 1-0

The New York Cosmos are the team that everyone in the NASL just loves to hate. Why? Well to be frank, it’s because they’re good. Since joining the league in 2013 the Cosmos have won 3 out of 4 championships. It’s a love/hate relationship and most of the time we lean towards hate. It was Faith and Family night at Wakemed, and North Carolina could have used some devine intervention. Let’s get right into this.

THE GOOD

    • Brian Sylvestre! The man of the match was outstanding for this one. He really put the team on his back and kept the score line from being much wider.
    • Brain Shriver made his 150th apperance in the NASL. That’s some significant staying power right there.

 

THE BAD

North Carolina FC’s overall play. I hate to harp on the boys because I know how hard they work and how much they care, but this was not the same team that took down Charlotte 4-1. They lost the possesion battle, had 1 shot on goal all day, and gave the ball away 9 times compared to 3 by the Cosmos. The back line was pretty porus as well. 7 of 15 shots that the Cosmos took we on target. The offense couldn’t have hit the broadside of a barn today and were shutout for the first time this season. Blame it on the heat, blame it on 3 games in one week, or blame it on what ever you want. Truthfully, I’m ready to forget about this one.

 

THE UGLY

Kickoff time. This is North Carolina in June, and the temperature was around 90 when this kicked off. Can we not do this again? Not only is it a player safety issue, but you’re not doing yourself any good in the attendence catergory when you combine this with it being a Sunday.

 

INJURY REPORT

Conor Tobin was forced to leave in the 55th minute with a hamstring injury. There was no information on how bad it was at the time of writting but he seemed to be walking fine after the game so that’s a good sign.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

North Carolina has a rematch against the Cosmos on Friday June 9th Saturday June 10th (I apparently can’t read a calander). This leads to an interesting question for Coach Clarke. Do you play your normal starters or do you give them some well deserved off time before the match on Wednesday June 14th against the Huston Dynamo of MLS? It’s a matter of priorties really. Does the club value league play more or the Open Cup?

After that the boys in blue will be heading to Indianapolis to visit the Indy Eleven. Just looking at the table most people would not expect this to be a barn burner, but Indy normally has a good team. Plus this is soccer. Anything can happen on any given day.

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