By Dylan Butler
The New York Cosmos quest to book their ticket into Soccer Bowl continues after a scoreless first half with FC Edmonton Sunday afternoon at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
The Cosmos pressured Edmonton from the opening kickoff with Paulo Mendes taking a pass from Stefan Dimitov and firing a left-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box just over the crossbar in the first minute.
Edmonton’s best scoring chance of the first half came in the fourth minute when Corey Hertzog forced Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Reynish to dive to his right to parry away his shot for their first corner kick.
In the 16th minute, Paulo Mendes played a great ball to Danny Szetela, whose chip from the edge of the six-yard box went just over the crossbar.
Six minutes later, Sebastian Guenzatti barreled into the box, but he was unable to get a shot off.
In the 29th minute, Marcos Senna unleashed a blast from 30 yards out that Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker parried over the crossbar for a Cosmos corner kick as the Cosmos outshot Edmonton, 8-1.
The Cosmos entered the match on an eight match unbeaten streak, having won five in a row, while Edmonton has won just one game in its last five. The teams played to a 1-1 draw at Clarke Stadium on Sept. 1.
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