Cosmos beat Express to set up dream NYCFC U.S. Open Cup match

JAMAICA, N.Y. – The New York Cosmos flexed some of their bench muscle, fielding a makeshift starting XI to a dominating 3-0 victory over PDL side, Jersey Express.

Leo Fernandes opened the scoring with a perfectly placed free kick from 20 yards out, while Sebastian Guenzatti and Mads Stokkelien rounded out the scoring to take the match in front of 1,394 fans at St. John’s Belson Stadium.

The win books the Cosmos into the tournament’s fourth round, creating a dream match with MLS expansion team — and new Bronx neighbors — New York City FC at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 17th.

The victory wasn’t without some cost. Defender Samuel Caceres was red carded late in the match, making him ineligible to play the next round. However, Marcos Senna and Hunter Freeman put in full shifts for New York an extended absence due to injury, brightening the club’s options. Regular starters Raul, Carlos Mendes, Roversio, Ayoze, Walter Restrepo and Danny Szetela did not start the match.

After 22 minutes of back and forth action, the Cosmos opened the scoring on a clever misdirect on a free kick, feigning a Marcos Senna shot but surprising the Express defense with a quick curler from Fernandes.

Less than 20 minutes later, former starter Sebastian Guenzatti reminded the Cosmos why he maintained that top rank for the better part of three seasons. The Uruguayan turned his defender at the edge of the box, took it another gear and slammed a shot past Express keeper Matthew Turner to close out the half 2-0.

New York continued their press in the second half, managing a final goal in the 81st minute with Mads Stokkelien converting on a PK. U.S. Men’s National Team youth player Haji Wright entered the match as a second half substitute and helped draw the call on Stokkelien’s penalty.

The result moves the Cosmos on to a match against MLS side, New York City FC. It is the second year in a row that the Cosmos take on a New York MLS side, beating the Red Bulls 3-0 at Hofstra last season.

The Cosmos move on to a Minnesota United encounter this Saturday before a Tuesday friendly against the Cuban National Team in Havana.


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  • Ali is my man

    Emirates vs. Etihad. Nice.

  • Esteban

    Solid win, as expected. Too bad NASL got embarrassed tonight by the USL.

  • It’s probably fair to say NASL is having a bad day. Cosmos solid though… next victim!

  • bench warmer

    I have a feeling kreis will rest his starters, knowing if he loses, he might get fired.
    If Orlando can make the playoffs, then NYC might need a new coach.

  • John

    @SoccerByIves: Talk about a brutal day for NASL. First Aaron Davidson/FIFA mess, then tonight 7 teams eliminated by USL opponents in U.S. Open Cup. #Ouch

  • Ned

    It’s a bit odd that the NASL did so poorly this year. Usually they’re a lot better. I’m not sure if it’s because the USL teams used MLS loanees or if the NASL teams didn’t have enough time to recover from the weekend matches, but I hope they put in a better performance next year.

  • Ulrich

    Whether the USL teams used loanees or not has similar and equally problematic conclusions when examining the NASL:

    If the USL *DIDN’T* have MLS Loanees, then the NASL had a massively poor showing against “3rd” division sides, which brings into question the quality of players each division is using compared to the other.

    If the USL *DID* have MLS Loanees, then the NASL had a massively poor showing against “3rd” division sides with “1st” division players, which brings into question the quality of players in the NASL versus MLS.

    Either conclusion shows poorly for the argument that the NASL has the best talent in the country. That said, there is no question that the Cosmos have much higher quality players on their roster, but it now seems that they are a big fish in an incredibly small NASL pond.

  • Cosmos as a big fish in an incredibly small NASL pond? Why am I getting a sense of deja vu?

  • paul

    let’s hope NASL hasn’t folded by then.

  • alex gago

    While the English have four leagues. A great nation like America; its soccer media & fans wish and root for the collapse of the NASL. Why is that?

  • Realist

    Because some of our fellow fans are idiot?

  • smurf040

    It’s kind of sad that during all this comments no one has even come close to commenting on the qualityof the games. Everyone is busy talking crap about each others Leagues. I hope one day both leagues or (3, counting the USL) do well and flourish. As a SOCCER fan I’am glad to be able to enjoy the matches of all N.Y. teams.

  • Ulrich

    I don’t think anybody is “rooting for the collapse of the NASL.” The “discussion,” or more aptly put the vitriolic tirades, are arguing the merits / quality of play for the leagues and why one league is labeled 1st division versus another that is 2nd division when there isn’t promotion/regulation.

    I personally would love to see multiple divisions in the US flourish.


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