Futbol by the Boardwalk
NEW YORK COSMOS: Miami FC Spoils BKFC's Coney Island Home Opener.
Despite Miami FC's convincing three/nil victory, the lively atmosphere at MCU Park Saturday evening otherwise suggested the New York Cosmos first ever Brooklyn home opener went very well.
The game wasn't a complete sellout, but it was a full house nonetheless (considering the rather raw chilly weather along the beach).
The famous fanatical Five Points federation (La Banda, Cross Island Crew, Borough Boys) wasted no time planting their respective flags. In short time commenced the lesson demonstrating exactly how extreme rooting in Cosmos Country gets done. With their signature green smoke billowing from the bleachers, the chorus - replete with drums, a brass section, and spirits - broke into their evening long anthems.
Coney Island FC and Miami ended Saturday's first half tied at nil. Unfortunately, the second half was no April Fool's joke. There's just no real way of escaping their defensive zone negligence which repeatedly kept placing goal keeper Jimmy Maurer in very uncompromising positions.
The Cosmos are now scoreless through their first two games.
Defensive substitution Jimmy Mulligan drew an incontrovertible red in the second half after a pair of swift and misguided yellow card infractions.
Rechristened in 2010, the neo New York Cosmos captured the NASL championship during their initial return to action in 2013, and are presently the reigning back-to-back Soccer Bowl champions.
After previously playing their home games at Hofstra University from 2013 through 2016, the Cosmos are making Coney Island their new home sweet home.