Cosmos play scoreless draw at home against Edmonton

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Cosmos defender Hunter Freeman #2 has words with Edmonton forward Daryl Fordyce #16 during the first half of a game at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Freeman received a yellow card after the altercation.(Credit: Brad Penner)

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Not even the return of midfield general Marcos Senna to the starting lineup could rescue the Cosmos from yet another dreary result Wednesday night.

Senna made his first start since suffering a groin injury on May 24, but could not perform the magic he usually produces. The former Spanish National Team standout missed a penalty kick and hit a free kick off the crossbar as the Cosmos played FC Edmonton to a frustrating scoreless draw.

The tie snapped the Cosmos' losing streak at Shuart Stadium at two games, but extended their home winless streak to three matches in front of 4,524 fans.

They also haven't scored at home in 213 minutes or since Hunter Freeman tallied in the 57th minute in a 3-1 defeat to San Antonio July 12. Since recording a 4-0 home-opening win over Atlanta on April 13, the Cosmos have scored an abysmal four goals in seven home games.

"Today just wasn't the day," Senna said. "It was one of those moments where we can be here all day, but the ball isn't going to make it in.

"Sometimes some bad luck happens. Sometimes the anxiety of wanting to get the goal gets the best of us."

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Senna personally could attest to that as the Cosmos were given a chance to score in the 51st minute when goalkeeper John Smits took down Jemal Johnson in the penalty area. On the ensuing penalty, Senna tried a stutter step and sent his attempt well over the goal.

"I've always done my kicks like that," he said. "Out of ten I've gotten nine. It's not an excuse. It didn't happen today."

Senna had a chance to make up for his miss a little later, but his 25-yard free kick skimmed off the bar in the 69th minute. In the fifth minute of stoppage time, Senna tired another 25-yard free kick, but fired wide right.

The Cosmos played the final 16 minutes a man up after Tomi Ameobi was red carded for what referee Robert Sibiga deemed a hard foul on Danny Szetela in the 74th minute.

"The only thing missing was a goal," Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said. "We did everything else. We broke them apart in the second half.

"This is the team from last year. This is what we are looking for."

The Cosmos, however, are still looking for a goal or two.

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