Many of the New York Cosmos supporters, the Borough Boys congregated to Legends NYC (6 West 33rd St.) on Friday, August 5, 2011 to watch the New York Cosmos faceoff against Manchester United in the Paul Scholes Testimonial match at Old Trafford in England.
While the Borough Boys cheering and chanting made the atmosphere at Legends alive and energetic, unfortunately, the New York Cosmos fell to the Manchester United powerhouse, 6-0. While this match was an amazing experience for the U-23 PDL players, it really demonstrated how much of a bully Manchester United really is.
Really, what did ManU gain by beating a team that's not currently playing in a professional league 6-0? Wasn't it enough that they had already throttled Major League Soccer's New England Revolution (4-1), Seattle Sounders (7-0), Chicago Fire (3-1) and MLS All-Stars (4-0) by a combined score of 18-2 that they had to win 6-0 against a Cosmos team composed of amateurs and professional players past their prime?
While it's fantastic that Paul Scholes was honored but the reality is that a testimonial is as synonymous as a funeral. It's great that he scored the first goal (final goal of his career) for Manchester United on Friday because it's a memorable image I want of Scholes.
Just to be reiterate, Friday's testimonial match was a funeral to Paul Scholes soccer playing career. While he was a fantastic player for Manchester United but as of Friday and forward, Paul Scholes is a memory in the hearts of Manchester United fans.
To be honest, the highlight of the match for me was seeing Marvin Iraheta who I had the privilege of interviewing last week for 5 Points Press get called for taking down Ashley Young in the 29th minute. Even though Wayne Rooney converted the penalty kick to give his team a 2-0 lead, I couldn't help but be proud of Marvin.
I'm fully aware of Marvin's amazing journey to the United States and now as a player for the New York Cosmos U-23 PDL team. I will admit that I clapped and cheered wildly for Marvin. Considering that this wasn't a professional match and I wasn't at a press box...why not?
While the match wasn't as exciting as I hoped for, I had a fantastic time with my fellow Borough Boys and I thank the staff of Legends for always making their place a fantastic atmosphere for soccer fans worldwide.
At the end of the day, this was really a meaningless match for many American soccer fans and the news that we look forward to hearing is that the New York Cosmos joining Major League Soccer.
For the U-23 PDL team, I'm glad that they were fortunate to experience the reality of playing at Old Trafford because it's a feat that millions will never have and I hope they're able to have more unique opportunities such as their match against Manchester United.
So what now? The citizens of Cosmos Country wants to know what's next for the organization. One thing is certain...following the Cosmos has been interesting and surprising...
Cesar Diaz covers soccer for LatinoSports.com. He also writes for 5 Points Press and USSoccerPlayers.com; your source for American soccer news brought to you by members of the U.S. National Team. Easily accessible, you may reach Cesar at firstname.lastname@example.org and at Twitter at @CoveringSoccer.