2014 SEMIFINAL: MATCH 2 PREVIEW
By Ben Tetelman
NYC Senegal and NYC Gambia play for a spot in the finals on Sunday, July 27 at 9 a.m. ET from Flushing Meadows Park, Field 9.
The second match of the 2014 Cosmos Copa semifinals may bring back memories of last year. NYC Gambia and NYC Senegal will face off again tomorrow at Flushing Meadows Park in a rematch of the 2013 semifinals. It was NYC Senegal who took the spoils last year, moving forward into what was their second finals appearance in three years. The result may look different this time around, as NYC Gambia hope to earn their first ever finals appearance in 2014.
NYC Gambia did not have an easy challenge this morning when they took on NYC USA at Flushing Meadows Park. Gambia went up by two goals early, but the Yanks were able to cut the deficit in half as the first 45 came to an end.
With momentum going into the second half, NYC USA had a great opportunity to level with the West Africans. However, NYC Gambia came out strong in the second 45, and their preservative play would not afford NYC USA with any real chances. A 3-1 victory was an impressive result for the Gambians, who showed great skill and speed from both sides of the pitch. With a style of play that is very similar to NYC Senegal, NYC Gambia will look to defeat their geographical neighbors in what is sure to be a physical and exciting match.
NYC Senegal was outplayed for most of the first half today in their quarterfinals match against a talented NYC Afghanistan. The Senegalese found themselves 1-0 down after a defensive mishap created a golden opportunity for NYC Afghanistan, who seized the moment. In hindsight, the game was decided on defensive mistakes, as NYC Senegal drew level after miscommunication in the defense forced NYC Afghanistan to concede. NYC Senegal’s late goal from a long ball out of the back proved to be decisive, as last-minute opportunities for NYC Afghanistan failed to find the frame.
The Senegalese showed great composure in today’s match, and with their ability to find equalizers and stay alive in big games, they will surely be a handful for NYC Gambia.