NYCFC to host possible U.S. Open Cup draw vs. Cosmos – but not at Yankee Stadium



The New York Cosmos hosted New York City FC at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium last year in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

This year, NYCFC gets the right to host – but it won’t be at Yankee Stadium.

Though the New York Yankees’ home schedule permits enough time to convert their baseball diamond to a soccer pitch, sources tell EoS that the match will be taking place at another venue – a venue which has already been secured.

The Yankees homestand ends on June 12th. The U.S. Open Cup match is scheduled for the 15th. That leaves three days to lay down and prepare the sod for a possible U.S. Open Cup. The stadium remains unused through the 21st.

Despite the availability, NYCFC will defer to a smaller local stadium to host their USOC opponent. EoS has not confirmed said location at the time of publishing.

Historically, several teams have deferred the usage of their home grounds for U.S. Open Cup encounters. Most of the time, that decision is due to the high monetary strain of opening their facilities for a match which historically does not draw well.

What the reason behind NYCFC’s decision remains unclear. However, the team does serve as a tenant in Yankee Stadium, meaning the availability for usage outside of the MLS schedule remains out of their hands.

NYCFC host the winner of the Cosmos match against either the New York Pancyprians Freedoms or Jersey Express.

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  • Would have been nice to have history repeat itself with the Cosmos playing at Yankee Stadium. I’m sure the sight will be released to the public soon.

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  • Leo Glickman

    Despite living 1 and 1/2 miles from Yankee Stadium, I have never been there for any game, so was kind of looking forward to this. Oh well.

    • Ken Reeves

      Why would anyone ever look forward to a soccer game at a baseball stadium?
      It’s like eating a hot dog from an ice cream cone.

      • Leo Glickman

        because it 1 and a half miles away from my home.

  • Goodfella

    Belson, Columbia, Fordham.

  • Chuck Mayne

    Booooo! Play at the stadium! Columbia would be OK, but not ideal.

  • James

    They better not think they’re the “home” team in Brooklyn or Queens

    • DanGerman

      As the only team that actually plays in the city they can most certainly lay claim to being the home team in those boroughs.

  • Jerry

    These two teams have the worst home field deals in all of sports.

  • MTF

    It’s about time for that habitual commenter to post: “Do you think Garber will let NYCFC pay rent to the Cosmos to play in their shiny Belmont stadium?”

    • The only garber

      Thinking about me :)
      Go cosmos

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      no. the f.cosmos would never let that happen. how would it look when nycfc would sell out thatt mythical elmont stadium night after night and the f.cosmos draw their usual 2000 to the game? that would really be rubbing salt into the wounds of leo, stover, angry bill, and opencupfan-jsprech-onionsacjk.

      • Leo Glickman

        Wounds? At any rate, I wish we didn’t have to play these silly games. I have no desire to legitimize a foreign reserve co-owned franchise like NYCFC by being on the same field with them. Oh well. You’re welcome, I suppose,

        • Larry\’s A Simpleton

          to bad the match wont be at shuart, so the f.cosmos can open up the entire stadium instead only half. btw where are your tickets? are they on the only side they open or were you on the side they had to close down. hope the refunded some of you money if you had to relocate.

      • What Larry really meant

        I have literally no interests in life other than writing about the Cosmos, whom I don’t even root for. How lonely & pathetic and filled with self-loathing am I ????

      • smurf040

        You think the Cosmos will give a ****? They’re in the business of making money and if that means having NYCfc come and be their tenants, so be it!

  • OpenCupFan

    This game will be played in Smurf Village – yes, the Most look like Smurfs.

    • OpenCupFan

      *Mankees – strange that spell check didn’t recognize it, must have been programmed by Mike Francesa.

  • Leo Glickman

    While on a conference call, I just looked through the comments section of over 2 weeks of NYCFC stories, encompassing more than 20 stories, and Larry/s Simpleton commented on one of them. And guess what he discussed? Me and the Cosmos!

    What is wrong with these people? They don’t even like their own teams, they just like talking about the Cosmos.

    • What Larry Really Means

      It’s because I am obsessed. I am obsessed with the following:

      Thai lady boys
      Acid jazz
      The Cosmos

      My mom says it’s unhealthy.

      • Larry\’s A Simpleton

        lol at f.cosmos fanboys. there feeling get hurt so easily.

    • William Sannuto

      Actually is just a pathetic ******* no further explaination needed. Now LETS GET THE ROWDIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      hey leo. do you agree with the f.cosmos having to close off half the stadium in some sort of lame attempt to make it look like people show up at the f.cosmos mathces?

      whats your opinion on this? man it must really suck to see the mighty f.cosmos resort to such tactics. i know your delusional enough to think that the 15oo that show up are more organic thatn the 40000 taylor swift fans that will be at yankee stadium, but man that has to be a kick in the nuts to guys like you.

      please tell us what you think of stover closing off half the stadium. man o mna the sooner the f.cosmos movre into citi field the better. am right?

      • The Realist

        There’s something John Waters-esque about picturing Larry at home in his boxers and Lampard jersey shaking his enormous bottom to a Taylor Swift song while his mother screams at him, while making his breakfast, to lower that crap.

  • Josh

    It’s going to be in Fordham calling it right now

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