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Heartbreak for ex-League of Ireland players in America

Eamon Zayed and Colin Falvey suffered disappointment at Belson Stadium in New York.

Source: NASLOfficial/YouTube

THERE WAS HEARTBREAK for two former League of Ireland players in last night’s North American Soccer League final at Belson Stadium in New York.

The New York Cosmos won their second successive NASL title, beating Indy Eleven 4-2 on penalty kicks as the game ended scoreless after 120 minutes of action.

Indy Eleven team captain Colin Falvey, a former Cobh Ramblers and Kilkenny City footballer, played the full match, as did Eamon Zayed, who counts Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Bray Wanderers among his former clubs.

Zayed was also one of the unfortunate two players to miss a spot kick, as Indy Eleven were left to rue a series of missed chances in normal time.

Afterwards, 31-year-old Cork native Falvey was remaining upbeat, telling reporters: ”I won’t stop going until I get my hands on that trophy. I’ll certainly use this as motivation.”

The NASL is essentially the second tier of Major League Soccer (MLS), though there are a number of other minor differences between the two.

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