Midfielder Andres Flores and the Cosmos need to register a home win vs. Jacksonville Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
With games dwindling down to a precious few, the Cosmos face a must-win situation every time they take the field.
That could go double or triple when they play at home, considering their rather mediocre record at MCU Park in Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.
So, that makes it so vital for New York to secure three points against Jacksonville Armada FC Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Cosmos, who will play five of their final five games at MCU, have accrued 14 out of a possible 33 points en route to a 3-3-5 mark. If they continue at that pace, they may not reach the North American Soccer League playoffs.
The team is a longshot to win the fall title, being in seventh place out of eight teams and nine points adrift of first-place Miami FC with a 1-2-4 mark and seven points.
In the combined standings, the Cosmos (7-6-10, 31 points) sit in fifth place behind the San Francisco Deltas (9-5-8, 35), North Carolina FC (8-9-8, 32) and Jacksonville (8-7-8, 32) for three open playoff berths. Miami already has secured one of the four semifinal berths by virtue of winning the spring title.
So, New York has its work cut out for itself as it is only 1-2-3 in its past six home games. Morever, the Cosmos head into Sunday’s contest hoping to end a six-game winless streak (0-2-4). The club last recorded a victory July 29.
Since returning to competitive soccer in 2014, the Cosmos have dropped only seven home games. Three of the defeats have come this season. They are 4-5-3 on the road.
The Cosmos haven’t played since a 3-3 draw at Miami FC Sept. 6. Their game at Puerto Rico FC last week was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. That match has not been rescheduled yet.
Jacksonville can make it three wins in a row on the road if the club can pull out the result. In the last meeting with New York, an own goal and a first goal from recent addition Ciarán Kilduff was enough for Armada FC to claim three points.