Cosmos Beaten Indoors

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New York Times

The Cosmos returned to indoor soccer tonight and lost, 7-5, to the Golden Bay Earthquakes before a crowd of 7,657 at Byrne Meadowlands Arena.

George Katakalidis and Steve Zungul broke a 5-5 tie with goals for the Earthquakes 13 seconds apart in the last quarter for the victory.

The Cosmos have been away from indoor soccer for a year, and it showed, especially in the early stages. The Earthquakes took a 3-0 lead before the game was 6 minutes 3 seconds old.

Godfrey Ingram scored three goals, Zungul two and Germain Iglesias and Katakalidis one each for the Earthquakes, one of three North American Soccer League teams that played in the Major Indoor Soccer league last season. The N.A.S.L. did not have an indoor season.

Eddie Firmani, who was named coach of the Cosmos last Monday, said he thought it would take at least two more weeks before the his team got adjusted to indoor play.

The Cosmos trailed, 5-2, going into the third quarter, but goals by Andrew Parkinson, Richard Chinapoo and Steve Moyers tied the score, 5-5, going into the last quarter. Earlier, Angelo DiBernardo had scored the first goal and Boris Bandov the second for the Cosmos.