Match from 8/28/16
It was a fine Sunday evening and a treat that the weather decided to spare the players; hitting only a high of 78° around 7pm when the whistle blew. The match between Cap City and the U19 DC Cosmos kicked off, with City starting out with a modern game of possession. The Cosmos were a vibrant bunch, with excellent fitness and fancy footwork, not to mention the ambition of doing great things with their football. City was on a mission to show them the quality that continues even after you’ve surpassed what is seen as your “prime”, when you are expected to be in the best shape of your career, and still have quite the impression to make. It wouldn’t be long before City opened the floodgates to what wisdom looks like. After much possession and a few attempts, it was DC native Erwin Dias, who broke the seal when new comer Nicholas Page found him with a driven ball from the far right; a swift touch followed by a quick shot to the right lower corner left the young keeper in disbelieve and the score at 1 – nil.
The Cosmos continued to maintain their shape although they had taken a major hit. With a new strategy in place, they attempted to build play in the midfield, then hitting several long balls that proved to be threatening to the Cap City defense, but did not result in anything substantial. A few opportunities arose from those balls, but center backs Robert Carton and Aaron Sherman held the defense tightly together. City’s second finish came from an unexpected free-kick from new comer Joffre Arce; a spectacular kick from 25 yards out. The ball seemed to be going out in the final moments as it reached the crossbar, only to take a miraculous and physically rare dip into the right upper ninety.
Wrapping up the half could have not ended on a better note. The second half proved to be equally interesting, first with the Cosmos striking back in the lower left corner from a Cap City defensive breakdown, goal keeper Andriy had very little time to make a difference. The Cosmos crowd raved with excitement, that goal alone brought life back to their team.
With much time left in the match; Bash Bangura and Erwin Diaz would have the last say as each managed to grab a goal before the final whistle. Bangura, eloquently chipped the keeper in a fast turnaround, and Diaz showed how dangerous his change of pace is with a dash towards the goal after Bangura found his feet, and like always, he made certain that the ball found its home in the back of the net.
The match wrapped up at 4-1, and the pair will plan to rematch after the WPL season, that is slated to kickoff on September 18th.
As always, thank you for your support
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