David Ochieng's New York Cosmos retains NASL title after seeing off Indy Eleven 4-2 on post match shoots on 14 Nov 2016 Photo credit - newsday.com
Cheche, New York Cosmos bag US title
By Patrick Korir | Mon 14 Nov, 2016 14:20

Kenyan defender David Cheche Ochieng and the New York Cosmos took home the North American Soccer League (NASL) title after seeing off Indy Eleven 4-2 on post match penalties during The Championship final played on 14 November at the Belson Stadium at St. John's University, New York from 3am EAT. 

The two sides were locked at 0-0 at the end of regulation 90 minutes and an extra 30 minutes failed to reveal a winner calling on the dreaded post match shoots. 

Also read Cheche's Cosmos in NASL final as Timbe misses Lierse party

New York raced to a 3-1 led in the penalties after Indy Eleven hit the posts twice and it came down to Ryan Richter who netted the winning kick for the New York Cosmos to successfully defend their NASL title making it three wins in the past four years. 

In the final game, Cheche started off the bench but was brought in at the hour mark in place of Roversio who received a knock. 

In being part of the NASL winning side, Cheche completes his first season in the US as double champion as the overall league title added on to the Fall title his side won in mid October after a come from behind 4-2 win over Jacksonville Armada FC at the Community First Park. 

Also read: First title for Cheche in USA 

That win ensured Cosmos clinched the Fall Season title with 41 points from 20 matches handing them the top seed tag heading to The Championship playoff. 

For a place in the final of the Championship, New York Cosmos beat Rayo OKC 2-1 in the semis payed at James Shuart Stadium as Indy Eleven beat Edmonton 1-0 in the other last four tie. 

Kenyan international defender David Ochieng’ was an unused substitute as his New York Cosmos side edged Rayo OKC 2 – 1 in the North American Soccer League (NASL) championship semifinal match played on Sunday 6 November at James Shuart Stadium.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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