BROOKLYN, N.Y. — There are two ways to look at the Cosmos’ 1-1 draw with Indy Eleven at MCU Park Wednesday night.
The managed to tie the North American Soccer League match on Emmanuel Ledesma’s penalty kick in the 86th minute and secure one point before a season-high crowd of 6,734.
On the other hand, they squandered two points because they failed to win at home again.
Like it or not, what once was a stone fortress where visiting teams failed in their quest to best the Cosmos (5-3-6, 21 points) has become a wooden fort that is easily invaded.
That could cost the Cosmos down the road.
As it is, they are 2-2-4 at home, accruing only 10 out of a possible 24 points.
“I think we could have utilized more spaces to create danger,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Even though we were able to fight back and get a tie, we could have done more to win the game.”
Ben Speas, off an assist by Marco Franco, had given Indy (2-4-8, 14) a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
Afte Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch denied Walter Restrepo, the visitors responded instantly as Speas drove a right-footed shot from the center of the box through goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer’s legs.
Maurer again made several vital saves to keep his team within striking distance until Ledesma’s penalty past Busch.
Both keepers had their moments.
Named man of the match, Maurer denied Eamon Zayed’s close-range header in the 42nd minute and David Goldsmith’s attempt in the waning moments, after they had equalized.
Busch was just as able as he stopped Juan Guerra in the 26th and 77th minutes and dove to clear away Eugene Starikov’s effort in the 83rd minute.
New York outshot Indy, 28-10, and placed more shots on target, 9-4.