Paint New York Green: Cosmos beat Red Bulls, advance in U.S. Open Cup


HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – For one historic night, the Cosmos can claim the title as Kings of New York soccer.

A brace by Norwegian striker Mads Stokkelien led the New York Cosmos towards a definitive 3-0 dismantling of the Red Bulls in front of a vibrant crowd of 9,364 fans at Shuart Stadium.

The win not only earns the Cosmos local bragging rights, but also eliminates the New York Red Bulls from U.S. Open Cup competition.

“Today, it was definitely a challenge against an MLS team that had their starters, that was close to the lineup they had for the New England Revolution,” Cosmos boss Giovanni Savarese said. “For us to win and go through, did what we did, it was very important.”

“There are no excuses to be made. The only excuse I come up with is that this was the World Cup to them and my guys didn’t view it that way,” head coach Mike Petke said after the match. “But all hats off to the Cosmos.”

Stokkelien opened the scoring in the eighth minute, receiving an end to end pass from former Red Bull mainstay Carlos Mendes. Splitting defenders Armando and Ambroise Oyongo, the former Staeback striker unleashed a rocket shot to the far corner, beating Ryan Meara for the first goal of the game.

Minutes later, the Cosmos pressure continued as Hagop Chirishian found space in the box, beating defender Chris Duvall and diving for a headed chance that skipped past the Red Bull net. Sebastian Guenzatti was next to challenge, riding Armando into the box and unleashing a devastating shot right into the chest of Meara.

The Cosmos nearly doubled their score in the 25th minute. Confusion on the backline left defender Jimmy Ockford open on a shot. His attempt was blocked, and captain Mendes was there to collect the rebound, sending a blast off the crossbar.

The homeside would continue buzzing throughout the first half but would not break past Meara.

Guenzatti kept the Cosmos dangerous to start the second. A quick turn on defender Armando gave the Uruguayan born striker space to test Meara in the 72nd minute; the Cosmos best chance up to that point in the half.

One minute later, Stokkelien made sure the Cosmos would not miss again. Midfielder Danny Szetela sent a pinpoint, cross field pass to a wide open Stokkelien. The Norwegian striker one-timed his shot, ripping a blast past Meara to make it 2-0.

“I think they were a little bit shocked of our start,” Stokkelien said. “We had a lot of chances in the first half. We could have scored two or three goals. It’s a really good start and the second half kept up the play.”

The Red Bulls’ woes would only worsen in the 78th minute with striker Alessandro Noselli finding the back of the net, and putting the match out of reach for the visiting MLS side.

“Unbelievable, 3-0 against the Red Bulls is unbelievable,” Noselli said. “I don’t know in the future, but today maybe we are the best team in New York.”

The Red Bulls couldn’t find their footing on the turf at Shuart Stadium, and the Cosmos’ relentless attack made sure they never did. The Cosmos ended the match with a 21-3 shots advantage, with 11 shots on target to the Red Bulls 1.

Asked if there were any positives in the game, Petke said, “Ya, we have vacation. It’s over. We have vacation now. The guys need it.”

For the Cosmos, it meant a bit more than that.

“It’s a huge game for us,” Stokkelien said. “I know our whole organization, our fans and everybody else has looked forward to this game. Obviously, we had the league to focus on, but the last week before the game, we all felt it would be a huge game coming up and we got this great result. Couldn’t be better.”

“It was a derby for us; two professional organizations. We said from the beginning,” Savarese said. “We came here very seriously to play for the people that came to watch the match. We did it for the fans that deserve a team that is going to give 100% and our organization. We need to build a new history, and today, we did that.”

The Cosmos now move on to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup where they will take on the winner of the Philadelphia Union vs. the Harrisburg City Islanders. If the Union win, they will host the match at PPL Park. If the Islanders advance, the Cosmos will play that fixture at St. John’s Belson Stadium.

New York Cosmos 3, New York Red Bulls 0
June 14, 2014
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Fourth Round
Shuart Stadium – Hempstead, N.Y.

Scoring Summary:
NYC: Mads Stokkelien (Carlos Mendes) 7’
NYC: Mads Stokkelien (Daniel Szetela) 73’
NYC: Alessandro Noselli (unassisted) 78’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Ibrahim Sekagya (caution) 21’
NYC: Daniel Szetela (caution) 62’
NY: Chris Duvall (ejection) 87’
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (caution) 90’

New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara, Chris Duvall, Matt Miazga, Armando, Ambroise Oyongo, Lloyd Sam, Ibrahim Sekagya (Bobby Convey 74’), Eric Alexander (Michael Bustamante 89’), Jonny Steele (Andre Akpan 46’), Bradley Wright-Phillips, Peguy Luyindula

Substitutes not used: Santiago Castano, Connor Lade, Eric Stevenson, Richard Eckersley

New York Cosmos: Jimmy Maurer, Hunter Freeman, Carlos Mendes, Ayoze, Jimmy Ockford, Joseph Nane, Daniel Szetela, Hagop Chirishian (Hunter Gorskie 77’), Sebastian Guenzatti, Mads Stokkelien (Dane Murphy 91+’), Alessandro Noselli (Hans Denissen 92+)

Substitutes not used: Kyle Zobeck, Roversio, David Diosa, Jemal Johnson 

Referee: Kevin Terry Jr.
Referee’s Assistants: Eric Weisbrod and Alexander Luttman
4th Referee: Ernie Constantine
Attendance: 9,364

  • smh

    Absolute disgrace,

  • Nice to see a competitive Open Cup so far this year! Congrats to ATL, NYC & CAR. Punk soccer lives…

  • All you can ask for is a Club & an Organization who do things right for the fans & last night NY Cosmos did exactly that > They won one for the Fans ! From Top to Bottom they get it !

    • Snags

      Props from the ATL. I watched our boys dispense with RSL in person, listened to the rest of the Carolina v Chivas game live on the way home, and then watched the YouTube video of the gotham city smackdown after I got home. What a great night for all the clubs who live outside the walled garden of Mickeymouse League Soccer!

  • Thumbs

    I am so disgusted by the play of the Red Bulls. No pride at all, The Cosmos looked like the MLS side, they totally dominated RB all game long. Besides the kid from Clifton, everyone else was invisible, Armando needs a ticket back to Spain, I’m sick of his crappy play , all he is good for is a cheap shot every game.
    What really surprised me was how much faster, and more creative the Cosmos were, they seemed to have 20 guys out there ! The score could have easly been 7 -0.
    Petke owes the fans who showed up an apology, actually the whole coaching staff needs to be called on the carpet for that embarrassing display, and please no lame excuses about how this meant nothing to RB, we have MLS league play, Champions league BS !! This game showed me this team has no heart and no leadership without Cahill, and Petke crying that his team is tired, what a bunch of sissy BS
    Anyway congratulations to the Cosmos, who taught us Metros what a real professional team plays like and who actually has a championship mentality. Go win this thing !
    To Petke : I fell like donating my season tickets to Goodwill

  • Tony

    This was a wakeup check for MLS. The NASL teams did not look like division two teams. The red bulls coach should be fired or threatened! He’s living in the past glory of a supporter shield victory. Everyone has surpassed the red bulls in mls, they may have been competitive last year but they are not the same team this year! No heart!!!!!

    • The real Stan

      No respect for the fans of the club, their World Cup? A poor sport in defeat as well, what forgettable 2 weeks as a leader for Mike Petke

  • Anthony

    May not have been the “World Cup” to your guys Petke but god damn man have some professional pride, your first team just got dominated and outplayed in every possible facet of play. Woodshed beat down

  • OpenCupFan

    The Open Cup is what makes soccer more compelling than other pro-sports in the US. Love it. We need promotion / relegation instead of heavy entry fees to MLS. Let’s promote soccer in this country instead of just fees for MLS. Doesn’t have to be today, but needs to be in the conversation. MLS has done a great job, but that doesn’t make it infallible or untouchable.

    oh, yeah. Go Cosmos! Red Bulls in a tough spot coming into the game no matter what they did. Hard for Petke to say the right things, but unfortunately he went to the other extreme, really expected more class from the Red Bulls.


      Here, here!!!!


    The Red Bulls are the Mets of MLS. Plain and simple.

  • Embarrassing loss by NYRB. Cosmos played like a World Cup final and overran NYRB. Glad Petke put out a good line up. Strangely indifferent performance.
    NYRB should always want to win hardware – especially in a tournament they have never won before.

  • Cosmos dominated from start to finish great job by every Cosmos Player .
    But , Mads Stokkelien , Jimmy Ockford , Daniel Szetela & Sebastian Guenzatti outstanding this last one was is only 22 years old incredible energy player to watch

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