Red Bulls, Cosmos could be on a collision course in US Open Cup

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The United States Soccer Federation released this year’s schedule for the US Open Cup, and New York’s only two current professional teams may be on a collision course

The New York Cosmos begin their participation in the tournament on May 28th; the third round of the Open Cup. All NASL sides will be paired against winners of the first and second round competitions between USL Pro, PDL, USASA, NPSL, US Club Soccer and USSSA teams.

If the reigning Soccer Bowl champions advance, the USSF will find their nearest regional opponent in the fourth round. That would mean an encounter with the New York Red Bulls — the first between both teams since the return of the famed NASL side.

The fourth round is set to begin from June 10th to the 18th. The team awarded home field will be allowed to pick the specific date, with the lone caveat that the visiting team have two days rest to prepare. Neither the Cosmos or the Red Bulls should have a conflict in that department. The NASL will be closed in observance of the World Cup while the Red Bulls’ final match comes on the 8th against New England. The Cosmos will also play their final game on the 8th in Canada against the Ottawa Fury, putting each team on equal footing.

This will be the Cosmos first jaunt through US Open Cup competition. The Red Bulls participated last year, earning elimination against the New England Revolution in the fourth round.

Fifth Round dates will be scheduled later in the month (June 24-25). The Quarterfinal Round takes place from July 8-9th, the Semifinal Round from August 12-13th and the Final set sometime between September 30th to October 1st.