Dream Draw: Cosmos can host USOC Quarterfinal match with win over Philly

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The New York Cosmos are at the cusp of history, and the road ahead certainly will tilt in their favor — if they manage to beat the Philadelphia Union.

U.S. Soccer announced their quarterfinal pairings for the U.S. Open Cup. The winner of the Cosmos vs. Philadelphia Union fifth round encounter will go on to face the winner of the Rochester Rhinos vs. New England Revolution.

Thanks to the luck of the draw, that match will either be played at PPL Park if the Union win, or Belson Stadium if the Cosmos advance.

Either game would take place on July 8th.

The Cosmos hosted the Brooklyn Italians at Belson to start their voyage through the U.S. Open Cup. While the turf was certainly unforgiving, the NASL Champions managed to beat back their NPSL opponents in convincing fashion. Unlike their match against the Red Bulls, the Cosmos will not have the turf advantage no matter who advances in this one. Both New England and the Rhinos play on two of the most derided artificial turf grounds in American soccer today.

What they can count on, however, is a difficult opponent. The USL Pro Rhinos proved a stout side, eliminating DC United from the competition just over a week ago. Meanwhile, the New England Revolution sit two points from the top of the MLS Eastern Conference and are considered one of the most talented and dangerous teams in the league.

The Cosmos are one of three NASL sides battling to qualify for the Quarterfinals (Carolina Railhawks, Atlanta Silverbacks). The Rhinos are the only USLPro side in the fifth round. Twelve MLS teams take up the remaining slots.