Cosmos’ U.S. Open Cup continues against Philadelphia Union

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

The New York Cosmos enjoyed home field advantage for their fourth round win against the New York Red Bulls.

This time, they won’t be so lucky.

It took over 115 minutes, but the Philadelphia Union were finally able to dispatch of the Harrisburg City Islanders behind a pair of Andrew Wenger goals in a 3-1 victory at home.

Wenger’s clutch performance not only puts the Union into the fifth round, but also secures PPL Park as the host venue.

Like they did against the New York Red Bulls, the Cosmos face yet another regional rival. While far from a derby, the underlying New York vs. Philadelphia storyline will surely add to the atmosphere of this match.

The Cosmos are near full health for this tilt. Stalwart defender Roversio is back in training, and Diomar Diaz looks near ready to return as well. Marcos Senna remains questionable with a hamstring strain. While that is perhaps the biggest loss of all, both Danny Szetela and Joseph Nane proved more than capable of taking up midfield duties when facing Red Bull first-teamers in the last round.

Meanwhile, the Union come into the match with everything to play for. Coach John Hackworth faced the axe last week, replaced with interim head coach Jim Curtin. The Union have floundered this season with a 3-7-6 record. That has upped their investment in the Open Cup as proven by their lineup against the Islanders, which included a bevy of starters, including Maurice Edu, Cristian Maidana and several others.

Despite their stacked starting XI, the Union still looked aimless against USL Pro side Harrisburg City Islanders.

Unlike their previous encounter against the Red Bulls, both teams will be motivated for victory. The Cosmos have eyes on a deep Open Cup run while the Union hope to give their fans something to cheer about in a season that has quickly taken a turn for the worst.

With a win over DC United, the Rochester Rhinos have also advanced to the fifth round. They will face the winner of Richmond Kickers vs. New England Revolution. The winner of that eventual encounter will face the winner of the Cosmos vs. Union match.

The Union host the Cosmos Tuesday, June 24th in Chester.

  • Ben

    Actually Dave have the quarter-final pairings been announced yet?