By Michigan Stars FC
Michigan Stars FC faced a 2-0 loss in their first home game against New York Cosmos B
at Ultimate Soccer Arenas on Saturday night.
The Stars started off strong with three scoring opportunities in the first 25 minutes of the
game. In the third minute forward Damani Camara took a shot at the Cosmos goalkeeper
but it was deflected. In the 35th minute Stars midfielder Remy Tazifor lost possession of
the ball and Darwin Espinal turned it into a Cosmos goal assisted by Ansi Agolli.
Disappointed, the Stars finished out the first half down 1-0 to the Cosmos.
The second half began and the Cosmos quickly earned another scoring opportunity
through Espinal in the 51st minute but luckily Stars goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva made
the save. In the 59th minute the Cosmos gained possession again and Salvatore Barone
scored the second goal for New York.
Five minutes were added as extra time, but the Stars could not finish with any goals,
leaving the Cosmos as 2-0 victors.
“We have a lot of work to do, we are a young team,” Stars FC head coach George Juncaj
said. “The New York Cosmos are a great team with experienced players and have been
around for some time. We on the other hand, have been around for six months with a
new squad. I think we played a good game with a good team and like I said, we have
some more work to do.”
The Cosmos made it to the 2019 NPSL National Championship, finishing as runner-up
to The Miami FC.
“Hopefully next game we will be more ready and in order to get better results we are
going to have to fix the mistakes we made this game,” Stars FC midfielder Steven Juncaj
In two weeks, the Michigan Stars FC will play against the New York Cosmos B away at
the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, New York.
Photo Credit: Mariusz Nowak