The undefeated Cosmos picked up where they left off in the spring, playing the Indy Eleven to a 1-1 draw in their North American Soccer League fall opener Sunday night at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
Midfielder Walter Restrepo salvaged the single point, putting a dramatic right boot on a through ball from the 8-yard line in the 78th minute. He entered the game as a substitute in the 58th minute.
"It's difficult sometimes to find a player that has speed, but also good technical abilities, and he has both," Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said of Restrepo. "He has the speed that you need, he's good on the ball, he's very confident attacking. He's given us a lot of good things, especially with the goal today."
A would-be winner -- a Cosmos header by Sebastian Guenzatti in the 89th minute on a cross from 20 yards out -- was ruled offside.
Indy struck first after a failed clearance attempt by Cosmos midfielder Leonardo Fernandes. The ball deflected off an opponent and dropped in front of Indy forward Wojciech Wojcik, who buried the shot in the 26th minute.
The Cosmos' unbeaten streak extended to 11 league games. They were 5-5-0 en route to the NASL spring title. The fall champion will get the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs, which the Cosmos qualified for as spring champs.
The Cosmos pressured Indy early in the game, controlling time on attack thanks to left wing play by Lucky Mkosana and David Diosa. They attempted three corners in the first seven minutes, but lost momentum shortly after.
Indy nearly converted on Duke Lacroix's high on-target header via a free kick cross in the 33rd minute.
The Cosmos increased their aggressiveness in the second half and drew two yellow cards.
Indy's best chance to win came in the 73rd minute on a breakaway by Lacroix, but he was held without a shot. The Cosmos stole momentum shortly after thanks to Restrepo and the addition of substitute Raul Gonzalez Blanco. The team rallied for a few close chances in the box, including a near-miss bicycle kick.
"For me, the mentality of it is we're going to keep going strong," Restrepo said through a translator. "The Cosmos won and for us, that's what's important."