NYRBII’s U.S. Open Cup road could lead to Cosmos showdown

Cosmos NYRB II

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Beat Writer

New York Red Bull II has their first US Open Cup opponent — and a tantalizing road to advancement thereafter.

PDL side Jersey Express defeated the New York Greek Americans 3-0 at NJIT Soccer Stadium in Newark last night. Three goals in the final twenty four minutes helped Jersey secure the victory over a New York Greek Americans team that had earned a return to the competition through their USASA Amateur Cup regional championship victory last season.

Now they will host NYRB II at NJIT Soccer Stadium next Wednesday May, 20th, with the USL side looking for advancement — and a shot at redeeming the blushes of their senior team against the New York Cosmos.

The Open Cup fixture will add a tremendous amount of pressure onto an NYRB II team that has stuttered at the start of the 2015 USL Season. The team will open up their campaign in their new home at Columbia University’s Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium on Sunday night with the Open Cup fixture 72 hours later in Newark. The team will then finish out a hectic week on the 24th when they play FC Montreal at Red Bull Arena.

The most exciting part of the fixture is that a New York win would most likely see them play the New York Cosmos as their third round opponent. Last season, the Cosmos dominated the Red Bulls’ senior side in the first professional New York derby in modern American soccer history. NYRB II would have the chance to redeem the mothership, but first, has to get by Jersey Express during a very hectic week of fixtures.

For the Cosmos, a NYRBII win will mean a road trip against the Cosmos in a venue to be determined. If Jersey Express wins, however, the Cosmos will be forced to travel to NJIT for the match.

  • slowleftarm

    RBNY II-Hempstead – a rematch from last year.

    • green side

      If you consider BWP part of RB2 not my problem. We wiped the for with your squad, consumer.

      • slowleftarm

        You mean the squad without Henry, Cahill, Dax, Robles and Olave? A handful of first team players doesn’t make it a first choice team.

        • Prez

          Well Henry and Cahill are gone and you traded Olave. So looks like we’ll be facing much of the same, big diff. Still gonna wipe the floor with your squad.

          • slowleftarm

            Henry, Cahill and Olave are gone but they were all first-choice players last season so I don’t really see your point.

            • Prez

              The chaff of a B squad we played last year is now the chaff of an A squad we’re going to play last year. Now you have no excuse when we destroy you on the field.

              • slowleftarm

                You will be playing RBNY II though – you realize that? The actual reserve side.

      • slowleftarm

        Also the “consumer” jibe is pretty funny. I guess Cosmos lets you in for free?

        • Prez

          When I sing for my club it doesn’t coincide with the branding for a soft drink. Don’t think it’s only Cosmos who call you what you are. There are thousands of groups around the world protesting RB and CFG. I’m glad you own your blind consumer mentality.

          • slowleftarm

            Who cares? I don’t even associate the name of the club with the company any more unless some fanboy starts prattling on about it. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to settle for watching my team in the top division of US Soccer in one of the finest soccer stadiums in the country.

            • Guy Blades

              As do I!

              But why do you care so much if others like the Cosmos? It’s bizarre.

              • slowleftarm

                Why do you care so much about my comments regarding the Cosmos? It’s really bizarre. This article is also about RBNY.

                • Prez

                  Actually the article is tagged to both clubs, soooooooo.

            • Alan Smithee

              And we’ll our team actually win important games.

  • Esteban

    I was under the impression that USL affiliates wouldn’t have to play their MLS counterparts, but that it would be done geographically, so does that mean the RBII/Cosmos winner would play NYCFC?

    • Anthony J. Merced

      I believe the rule is MLS and their USL affiliate teams can’t play each other unless it’s the final. That means you’d be right. The winner of NYRB II/Cosmos (if they get by Jersey Express) would be NYCFC. Again, all of this is just speculation on my part.

      • slowleftarm

        They may wait until they know the winners before deciding pairings. So if Cosmos pull the upset they could be playing RBNY.

        • Esteban

          That makes more sense. I wondered since Long Island Rough Riders will now play RSL II, which makes even less sense.

  • slowleftarm

    I use my slowrightarm to jam red bull cans up my ass, two at a time. So be careful, i am always packin.

    • Resguard

      There are therapists you can talk to, please find one, you seem to be suffering and need help. This is not a joke, please find help.

    • Guy Blades

      This does not surprise me at all

    • slowleftarm

      Impersonating people is pretty lame. You guys are the ones who are obsessed.

  • If RBNY II beats Cosmos, USL is top-flight.

    • Slowleftarm

      Lol

      • slowleftarm

        Although this was not me, I actually would’ve posted the same thing.

    • Anthony

      Chances are slim for the resevre team, and frankly if the Cosmos can’t beat them they don’t deserve to even speak of having a goal winning the USOC. Best part of this is that it seems probably that the Cosmos (with a win) would go up against NYCFC…and beat their ass too.

      • slowleftarm

        Sad part is that if they win, they’ll brag about it for a whole year.

        • Prez

          That’s actually the point of a derby. A years worth of bragging rights, get used to it.

          • slowleftarm

            I am used to it since my team just won its actual derby. But a win over your “rival’s” reserve team just ain’t much to brag about.

            • NYCsportsPunk

              For someone who doesn’t give 2 shits about the Cosmos, you sure do put a lot of thought into them.
              Soda Can that’s harmful to someones health beats Human rights violator, definitely something to care about. Special Ed. type derby right there.

              • slowleftarm

                You guys sure put a lot of thought into who owns teams. I’d say you’re obsessed.