Miami Sports Day

NASL: Miami FC Ties New York Cosmos 3-3 in Back-and-Forth Thriller

MIAMI – The Miami FC hosted the New York Cosmos at Riccardo Silva Stadium and tied 3-3 in a thrilling goalfest. Jaime Chávez scored all three goals for Miami. Chávez has now scored seven goals in his last five matches, and one in each of his last five matches.

Before Miami could get settled, the Cosmos drew first blood in the 10th minute, when a Cosmos cross into the box flew past an outstretched Vega, clanked off Dejan Jakovic and found its way to Bljedi Bardic, who struck home into an open net to give New York a 1-0 lead.

A flurry of action on a pair of corner kicks just six minutes later nearly saw Miami draw level with the Cosmos. Rhett Bernstein was on the end of both corners, and on the second he got hold of a Hunter Freeman cross and headed a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar.

Moments later, Stéfano Pinho got in on the action with a bit of Brazilian flare. Pinho swiftly cut inside and left his marker on the ground, freeing himself to take a long-distance shot that drifted just wide of the goal.

Miami would get its equalizer late in the first half, with goal machine Jaime Chávez the protagonist. Freeman swung in a free kick that was met by Bernstein, who directed his header forward and found Chávez unmarked near the edge of the six-yard box. Chávez calmly powered his volley past Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck to draw level with the Cosmos at 1-1.

Miami and New York went into halftime deadlocked at 1-1.

Absolute scenes unfolded in the second half.

In the 63rd minute, after a series of comical missed clearances from the Cosmos in their own box, Chávez found himself with the ball at his feet and loads of time and space in front of goal. He curled in a perfectly paced shot and gave the Orange and Blue a 2-1 lead.

But the Cosmos would answer Miami’s goal with one of their own in the 81st minute. Javi Márquez got loose on the right side of the box and slinged a quick pass across the face of goal that was one-timed off the crossbar and into the goal by Pablo Vranjicán.

A man on a mission, Chávez would net his hat-trick in the 90th minute of the match with a stellar right-footed strike from the left corner of the box that scooted past Zobeck and put Miami ahead 3-2.

As they did throughout this match, New York would not stay down. In the 92nd minute, Márquez found a sliver of space in Miami’s box and uncorked an unstoppable shot to tie the match at 3-3.

Miami couldn’t find a final goal with just a few minutes left, and both teams left the match with one point apiece.

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