October 25, 2015
Scorpions fall 2-1 in home finale
SAN ANTONIO---The New York Cosmos scored two second half goals to come from behind and defeat the San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 in their home finale at Toyota Field Sunday afternoon.
Bill Forbes gave the Scorpions the lead in the 43rd minute. The play began with a pass into the box from Omar Cummings. Forbes took the pass, beat a couple of Cosmos defenders, and found some space on the left side of the area. He then sent a ball in low that skirted past the outstretched arms of New York goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer towards the far post and into the back of the net.
"When the ball switched up I wanted to do something with the it, but the [Cosmos defender] ended up getting the ball. So I read his play, how he was cutting the ball to work outside. I checked it a little bit, and then I scored a goal," said Forbes.
San Antonio, last year's champions failed to make the playoffs this year, and fall to 4-9-6, 18 pts (fall) and 7-13-9, 30 pts overall. The Scorpions have one game remaining, next week against Minnesota. New York (9-4-6, 33pts/14-4-11, 53pts), willhost one of the league semi-finals.
New York's best chance of the first half came in the 33rd from forward Raúl. The former Real Madrid star took his left-footed chance from just outside the box and curled it towards the upper left-hand corner of goal, but it went just wide of the frame.
The Scorpions had all the momentum heading into halftime with the late score in the first half, but the Cosmos came out controlling the ball and the pace of the play in the second half. They got on the board in the 61t minute after forward Gastón Cellerino went down hard on a challenge in the box by Scorpions 'keeper Daniel Fernandes. Marcos Senna took the penalty kick, hesitating just enough on his run up to the ball to get Fernandes to commit first, then Senna slotted the ball home in the lower right-hand corner to tie the match at 1-1.
In the 78th the visitors took the lead. Kris Tyrpak took down Senna about 22 yards from the Scorpions' goal to set up a free kick. Left back Ayoze truck a powerful shot that rocketed past Fernandes into the upper 90.
The most dangerous opportunity for the Scorpions in the second half came in the 80th when Forbes got all of a volley at the edge of the box that forced Maurer to make an outstanding diving save. The Scorpions worked hard to find an equalizer in the closing seconds of stoppage time as Rafael Castillo - who came on as a second half substitute - had two free kicks from dangerous spots outside the 18-yard-box as well as a corner kick from the right side, but none of the chances ended up in the back of the net.