Cosmos earn first point at MCU Park, end Jacksonville’s shutout run
On a night where fans were given collectable Pelé T-shirts, the New York Cosmos put on an impressive performance that the Brazilian legend himself would have been proud of.
Not only did the “New York Originals” earn their first point of the season at their new home with a 1-1 draw on Saturday, but they also ended first-place Jacksonville Armada’s shutout streak, courtesy of a strike from La Liga veteran Javi Marquez.
The goal came in the 22nd minute off a counter-attack initiated by Cosmos midfielder Walter Restrepo. Restrepo made a darting run down the left side of the pitch and displayed good vision to find Marquez on the opposite side of the box.
Marquez deftly took a touch inside and drove home a low shot to the near post as Jacksonville goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell was caught flat-footed.