Juan Guerra and his Cosmos teammates need to snap their five-match winless skid or fall further behind in the fall season. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
The Cosmos will get an opportunity to right what went wrong over the weekend against the best team in the North American Soccer League Wednesday night.
New York, which again gave up points at home in a 2-0 loss to Jacksonville Armada FC, will face the league-leading Miami FC at Riccardo Silva Stadium.
The Cosmos have dug a deep home in the fall standings for themselves to dig out of, as they are in seventh place with a 1-2-3 mark and six points. They are still in the running for a playoff spot with for a fourth-place standing behind a combined record of 7-6-9 and 30 points.
Miami FC, which is atop both tables, is 5-0-2 and 15 points in the fall and 16-4-3 overall and 51 points. Barring a major collapse, the south Florida side will get home-field in the post season.
The Cosmos? They are just trying to get to the postseason in one piece.
They enter the encounter on a five-match winless skid (0-2-3), earning only three out of a possible 15 points.
There is little doubt that the Cosmos have one of the strangest records in the league if not all of soccer as they have accrued more points on the road than at home.
New York is 4-3-4 with 16 points away and only 3-3-5 and 14 points at MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Cosmos are the only team that has made life difficult for Miami FC this season, defeating its rivals twice against as many defeats. They recorded a 2-0 victory in Miami April 7 and a 3-1 home triumph July 29.
As it turns out, that was New York’s last win — more than a month ago.
* Cosmos midfielder Juan Guerra, is tied with defender Ryan Richter for the most games played (20) as well as most starts (19) this year.
* Midfielder Andrés Flores earned his first Cosmos man of the match award this year following the Armada FC loss. The El Salvadoran helped set up some of the Cosmos’ key chances throughout the night, giving Guerra an opportunity from outside the box in the 57th minute and providing a dangerous cross for Eugene Starikov’s 68th-minute header.