But the New York Cosmos made the most out of one of its chances, enough for a 1-0 win to spoil FC Edmonton’s home opener in front of 4,399 fans, the biggest crowd to ever see an NASL game at Clarke.
Despite the big crowd and an FC Edmonton attack that has been changed over from last season, there were some storylines that FCE supporters would find all too familiar. The Eddies, who boasted the worst offence and best defence in NASL last season, took until the 68th minute to actually place a shot on frame, an effort from striker Frank Jonke that was blocked by Cosmos keeper Jimmy Maurer.
After that, Maurer wasn’t forced to make another save, as the Cosmos had the bulk of possession and were able to protect the goal it got before halftime.
“I’m very proud of our players,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese. “I knew it would be a battle. They were strong on the field and battled for every ball.”
The Eddies had one very good chance in the first half, but Jonke headed over the bar after right back Michael Nonni nade a mazy run into the box and delivered a great cross. But Jonke got under the ball and couldn’t get it on target.
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