The Cosmos' hopes for the spring title and a North American Soccer League playoff berth might have been dashed in a devastating home tie with the winless Indy Eleven Saturday night.
Brad Ring stole the ball from Marcos Senna and scored in the 76th minute to lift Indy into a 1-1 draw before a crowd of 3,581 at Shuart Stadium.
Outside of a collapse by first-place Minnesota United FC (5-1, 15 points), which hosted the Carolina RailHawks in a later match last night, the Cosmos (4-2-1, 13) would need a miracle to capture the title. They would have to win their remaining two games and Minnesota would have to squander some points. The remaining three playoff berths will be decided in the fall season.
Indy, which entered the match in last place, played without its star Brazilian midfielder Kleberson (hamstring strain).
"The sensation is like we lost," Senna said.
Sebastian Guenzatti, who scored the Cosmos' lone goal, said: "It really hurts," he said. "We needed the three points to stay on top . . . We should have showed a lot more on the field. We didn't play our best game."
Senna left the game with an abductor injury in the 87th minute. His status for Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup game against the Brooklyn Italians at St. John's University was uncertain.
"At this point I don't think I feel so well," he said.
Guenzatti's second goal of the season, which gave the Cosmos a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, was a beauty. Mads Stokkelien fed the ball to Guenzatti, who powered a swerving 24-yard shot over goalkeeper Kristian Nicht.
The Cosmos dominated the rest of the half, outshooting Indy, 11-0, but they could not convert any of their opportunities into goals.
"The first half we had a lot of chances," Guenzatti said. "It came back to us in the second half."
Indy took advantage of a rare mistake by Senna. Ring stripped him of the ball, raced down the right side and drilled a shot past goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer to equalize
"It was our fault," Senna said. "It was unfortunate luck for us."