New York Cosmos beat Italians; will face Red Bulls in Open Cup

Jamaica, Queens – After a year of anticipation, the New York Cosmos will finally get the chance to take on the New York Red Bulls.

The Cosmos beat the Brooklyn Italians handily by the score of 2-0 at St. John’s Belson Stadium in front of a vibrant crowd of 1,852 fans. The victory moves them to the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup competition where they will host the New York Red Bulls.

“It will be exciting,” Cosmos skipper Carlos Mendes said. “Obviously they are a very good team, and it’s going to be a good challenge for us. I think it’s great for the New York, New Jersey area to have a rivalry and to have two good teams play against each other.

“We are excited. It’s going to be a good challenge.”

Of course, it took some work to get there. The Brooklyn Italians did not shy away from challenging New York during their encounter. While the NPSL side did not manage much danger on the offensive end, they did manage to play a scrappy game against the Soccer Bowl champions.

After 15 minutes, the Cosmos turned the tides in their favor. Ayoze lined up a corner kick and Sounders loanee Jimmy Ockford found the ball in the box, slamming his shot past Brooklyn keeper Sheldon Parkinson for the 16th minute lead.

“It feels great,” Ockford said. “I’ve been waiting for my opportunity to get in and just wanted to make myself a presence in the box. It worked out this game and it’s exciting.”

The headed blast awoke a makeshift Cosmos side, inspiring them to push Brooklyn back in their defensive third. Some 15 minutes after Ockford’s blast, Hagpop Chirishian doubled the team’s lead, burying an Alessandro Noselli rebound past Parkinson.

The Italians attempted to get off on an offensive footing, with striker Richard Milano bouncing a header off the frame minutes into the second half. However, midfielder Salvatore Barone earned a second yellow card for a tackle on Ayoze, making for an early exit in the 51st minute, putting the Italians down a man.

Ayoze would leave the match minutes later, replaced by regular starter Hunter Freeman.

“It was a little bit scrappy with some tackles coming in late but that’s all part of it and I think the refs did a good job of handling that,” Mendes said after the match.

Brooklyn fell to nine men in the final eight minutes as Yannick Diese earned his second yellow of the match.

By then, the match was already out of reach.

With the win, the Cosmos secure a tantilizing fourth round encounter against the New York Red Bulls. The match is set to take place on June 14th at Shuart Stadium in Hofstra University.

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  • Slapknuckle Boomerang

    Dear Cosmos,

    Please, please, PLEASE humiliate [Product Advertisement] New York. They are already lining up excuses for a loss, so you’ve already got them scared, lol.

  • The real Stan

    Time for a derby

  • The real Stan

    A toss up to me, would rather see the game played at that palace in Harrison but the lacrosse stadia will have to do.

  • Rufus T firefly

    Nice crowd. Why don’t you guys just fold up already?

  • Anthony

    Kings of NY vs. Kings of NJ

  • nyjampet

    Come on, Metro! Let’s start a tradition of dominance.

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