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RECAP | Eddies end Spring Season with 1-0 loss to Cosmos

FC Edmonton registered their first official sell-out of 2017 with a loud and passionate crowd of 4,096 fans at Clarke Stadium.
Kassim Khimji (@KassimKhimji) | Jul 15, 2017

EDMONTON, AB. – New York Cosmos midfielder Eric Calvillo tapped home the lone goal of the match on 80 minutes in close past FC Edmonton goalkeeper Tyson Farago to give the reigning North American Soccer League (NASL) champions the three points on Saturday, July 15.

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Capping off the Spring Season with Canada 150 night, FC Edmonton registered their first official sell-out of 2017 with a loud and passionate crowd of 4,096 fans at Clarke Stadium watching the Eddies in custom red INARIA third kits. Despite creating some great scoring opportunities, the Eddies were unable to reward the fans with a goal and give the club momentum entering the two-week break between the Spring and Fall Season.

“We created some great chances in the first half and we have to score them,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said post-game. “I am very disappointed because there was an opportunity tonight to get more from this game and we didn’t take it. The Cosmos did their research, they closed us down and didn’t give us space to play our game. We score goals for fun in training, but tonight the quality wasn’t there.”

A head injury to goalkeeper Nathan Ingham handed Tyson Farago his first NASL start of the season after playing in May against Ottawa Fury FC in the Canadian Championship. Centre-back Abdoulaye Diakité’s suspension due to yellow card accumulation meant Karsten Smith would step in for his first NASL start of 2017.

The Cosmos had momentum early on and they nearly turned that momentum into an opening goal on 20 minutes. After a good corner-kick from Emmanuel Ledesma, Ryan Richter got his head on the end of the cross and despite being left unmarked from in close, the defender put his attempt over Farago’s goal.

Edmonton earned a free-kick from a dangerous area on 35 minutes after Zebie was fouled. Fisk delivered another great cross towards the back-post that found Khattab. The midfielder headed the ball across the goal, but Maurer produced a strong diving save to keep the score line at 0-0.

Tomi Ameobi captained the side for the third time this season and the striker earned the best chance of the half five minutes from the half-time break. After a loose back pass, Ameobi got to the ball in front of a hesitant Maurer. Ameobi’s chip-attempt went inches wide of the far-post, meaning the 0-0 score line would hold at half-time.

Farago made his first start of the 2017 NASL season and the product of Winnipeg, MB. made a terrific save to start the second half. Cosmos midfielder Calvillo made his way into the box and his quick stab at the ball was well saved by a diving Farago to preserve the score line early on in the second half.

Edmonton’s first chance of the second half came from a promising counter-attack. Left-back Pedro Galvao collected the ball in Edmonton’s half before finding Fisk out wide. The Canadian winger cut in on his right foot before finding Sainey Nyassi on the right wing. The Gambian took a touch towards goal before firing a left-footed shot that went just wide of Maurer’s near post.

The Cosmos would then open the scoring ten minutes from time. After some neat play on the left wing from the visitors, the ball was eventually played across goal. After a couple deflections, the ball eventually fell to Calvillo, who put the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for the Cosmos. The lone goal was enough to secure all three points for the visiting side.

“We will regroup and freshen the squad for the Fall Season,” Miller added. “We can’t be praising players one week and have a flat performance the week. We need to hit the ground running against Indy Eleven. We need a good run of results and we can do it.”

FC Edmonton

Farago; Nicklaw, Watson, Smith, Galvao; Nyassi, Zebie, Eustaquio (Ledgerwood 86’), Khattab (Keegan 71’), Fisk; Ameobi.

New York Cosmos

Maurer; Ochieng, Richter, Barnes; Marquez (Velela 89’), Szetela, Guerra, Ladesma, Calvillo (Bardic 85’), Mulligan; Vranjican (Starikov 74’)

Scorers

FC Edmonton: None

New York Cosmos: Calvillo (80’)

Cautions

FC Edmonton: Eustaquio (28’), Smith (62’), Watson (88’)

New York Cosmos: None

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