Possible Cosmos, NYCFC showdown highlights Fourth Round U.S. Open Cup draw

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Last year, the U.S. Open Cup delivered the first professional New York derby of the modern era, pitting the New York Cosmos and the New York Red Bulls.

This year, history can be made once more.

USSF announced their U.S. Open Cup fourth round draw Wednesday afternoon, unveiling a tantalizing possibility. If the New York Cosmos beat Jersey Express this Wednesday at Belson Stadium, they will move on to the fourth round against Major League Soccer’s 20th expansion side — and fellow New York pro soccer team — NYCFC.

While this is the second Open Cup encounter for the Cosmos across all eras, it will be NYCFC’s first taste of the oldest competition in the United States.

In the first New York derby, the Cosmos hosted the New York Red Bulls at Shuart Stadium, routing their MLS rivals in an astounding 3-0 result. This after a convincing win against the Brooklyn Italians in the third round of the competition.

This year, the Cosmos face a lesser known opponent in the opening round. Jersey Express proved formidable against the Red Bull reserves at NJIT this past Wednesday. The Cosmos, however, are the favorite going into this Wednesday’s encounter, riding a seven match unbeaten streak and looking the surefire leader for the NASL’s Spring Championship crown.

New York City FC, meanwhile, are mired in a nine match winless streak heading into a difficult Saturday night showdown against Real Salt Lake. Luckily for Jason Kreis and his men, the Open Cup competition begins on June 16th, giving NYCFC ample time to recover from their early season funk.

If the Cosmos win, the June 16th showdown will take place at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University. However, if Jersey Express win, it will be NYCFC hosting the match at St. John’s Belson Stadium.

 

 


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  • john

    Hopefully cosmos beat NYCFC

  • Ho hum. Frankly, I hate to legitimize NYCFC by allowing them to appear on the same field with the world famous NY Cosmos. Their stature is raised just by appearing on the same field with us. But you have to respect the Cup, the world’s second oldest cup tournament.

    • Is it tiring being so bitter all of the time Leo?

      • Bitter? I’m a happy person, why wouldn’t I be? You might ask yourself who the bitter one is when you’re the one who personally insults people while hiding behind anonymity. Why are you ashamed of your own comments?

        At any rate, I’m doing well, really well personally. Soccer wise, I support a great soccer club, a winning soccer club, an authentic soccer club. I’m a very happy soccer person, as well as happy generally.

        Feel free to contact me if you would like to stop hiding.

      • Larry’s A Simpleton

        jay, cosmos fans are delusional. they really need professional help. all you need to do is read their posts. 3K per game, no media coverage, irrelevant to the nyc sport scene, but somehow leo thinks they’re the only team in town.

        tsk tsk tsk. what fucking retards……..but hey! the cosmos are well known in china!

        • slowleftarm

          And Sweden – apparently some dude in Sweden knew Raul had checked out of his nursing home and taken the field in Hempstead. That’s what a “global brand” is all about.

    • Chris

      Yes, sure Leo..a team with 16,000 season ticket holders, playing in front of crowds of 28,000 at a historic stadium in Manhattan, covered by national media, its games nationally televised on a regular basis (in prime time, mind you) needs legitimizing by playing a lower-tier team that plays in front of sparse crowds at an obscure college stadium… That makes a lot of sense.

      • “Manhattan” Ha ha.

        • slowleftarm

          Yeah, I guess Chris hasn’t heard of the Bronx Bombers. But everything else he said is accurate.

      • Prez

        Those “prime time” tv ratings though.. loolll

  • Kevin

    I love it. Very exciting. But honestly how cool would it be if the Cosmos got to play at Yankee Stadium again. Repeating history..

  • Luis Cueva

    I can’t wait to shut up all the man city lite fans…but first let’s beat Jersey Express, then worry about the plastic team.

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    lol at you morons. did stover or obrien dig around the basement to find any leftover blackout t shirts? They’re going to need them to raise some money to pay off cantona. cosblos just cant come up with the money to pay their bills can they? They stiff cantona and all those kids in the youth leagues. but hey! they’re recognized in el salvador! hope nycfc doesnt pick up any cosblos skank at the lacrosse stadium.

    • Larry’s A Simpleton Is A Simpleton

      Loooll Seamus’ net worth is close to a billion dollars, and we’re paying 400 million out of or own pocket for a stadium, and we run free soccer clinics and coach training for the youth all over the area. God forbid you actually research what you’re talking about you simpleton.

      • Luis

        Larry Larry Larry…i’ll much rather be known in El Salvador or China as a proper soccer INDEPENDENT club than be associated with a fizzy drink or always be confused with man city LOL Dont know if youre a fizzy drink fan or man city lite fan, but does it matter? Ya’ll are owned by the same entity LOL shut your ass up, or actually, my Cosmos will do so with your man city reserves team, just like we DESTROYED the pink cows last year. It’s gonna be great!

    • Anonymous

      Dude u don’t have a clue. But as always glad you’re checking up on the Cosmos

    • Larry’s a simpleton and has hidden desires

      I ADMIT IT!

      I LIE IN BED AND NIGHT AND DREAMING OF SUITING UP FOR THE COSMOS!

      THAT IS WHY I CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

  • Oduncan86

    From a Red Bulls supporter, don’t let the Cosmos win. They never will never shut up about it.

    • Ulrich

      Well, if the Cosmos don’t win, every argument they have about their 3-0 win against RB last year is debunked…. because hey, how good can the mighty Cosmos actually be if they were to lose to a team they describe as a plastic farm team, one that currently is experiencing what every expansion team goes through at the bottom of the table. Gosh, to lose to NYCFC would be mind-blowing and will definitely produce every excuse imaginable.

    • Luis

      Ah it’s great to see the fizzy drinks and man city lite fans cheering for each other, how cute!

      • Anonymous

        single entity

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      well you have to understand man. with the cosmos being the absolute failure that they are, they have to grasp onto any little thing they can. if they’re happy they beat the red bulls 3rd string, let them enjoy it.

      Enjoy the cosmos while you can. once they have to pay off cantona they’ll probably go bankrupt and fols.

  • Tommy Blaney

    So here comes a Saudi Arabian outfit that bought a badge from a long defunct plastic team just so they could sell merchandise. Will bugs bunny and the cosmos girls be on the sideline? Will Mick Jagger, with his wealth of footy scouting ability, be an honorary consultant? Will all the players be 35 and over like the original team? Will there be shoot out at the end? Will the game be rendered irrelevant when no one tunes in their sets? If the answers are yes, then this will be prepackaged plastic sports entertainment at it’s finest!

    • We love you Tommy! How come you don’t call me anymore?

      • Tommy Blaney

        Leo, there were a few members of our crew that took offense to either things I said or did. They may have been soccer related. They might have been non-soccer related. It may have just been a simple personality clash. Regardless of what it was, the parties involved did not want to speak to me about it in person. I need to be true to myself. I’m not for everybody, but it sure was a ton of fun while it lasted.

        • Not me Tommy! You’re a Republican, I’m a commie. You’re nycfc, I’m Cosmos, but still love you brother! Nice parents too. Best brother!

  • The Realist

    NYCFC has one win this year. I don’t think they can beat anyone, including 11 strangers pulled off the street. They are an astoundingly bad team. We are talking 2009 Red Bulls bad. 1999 Metrostars bad. 1962 Mets bad. Rich Kotite Jets bad.

    • Luis

      LOL very true. Man city jv squad is quite horrible, it should be an easy win for the Cosmos, no doubt.

      • MLS insider

        If you think they’re bad on the field, you should see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes.

        #disasterintheBronx

    • slowleftarm

      NYCFC are terrible but they’ll probably still beat the band of MLS rejects known as Hempstead Cosmos.

      • The Realist

        I look forward to NYCFC starting their best 11 and still losing to the Cosmos. I want to hear the spin the Don’s Death-Eaters put on that one.

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    Damn straight they want to play NYCFC out there at Shuart Stadium. God knows that authentic team with the grassroots organic support need to do something to get more than 2-3K into that building. With a full building they can sell blackout jerseys to raise money to pay off cantona and the youth programs they cheated.

    • Actually Larry, thanks to the Borough Boys, you know, non plastic fans, the Cosmos ownership settled with BW Gotschee on terms that were favorable to their organization. What kemsley did to them was a disgrace, but thankfully it was made right, and thanks to us. And you can get in touch with Paul McGlynn, he will tell you, or their lawyer, Tim Fry.

      You see, our SG are not just a bunch of doofises throwing spitballs anonymously from a computer keyboard while privately wringing our hands about how the yankees and Lampard treat us like ****. WE actually, you know, do things.

      Next!

    • OpenCupFan

      1. If only 3k Cosmos fans saw RedBulls lose, did they still lose? Sure did.
      .
      2. Amazingly, only MLS fans get caught up in everything but the quality of play on the field.
      -Yay 60k came to see a game in historic Yankee Stadium – too bad the teams were horrendous.
      -Hip hip hooray, we have the nicest sss in the U.S. – unfortunately our team has stunk for 20 years and can’t win anything – don’t even think about mentioning how LigaMX teams stomp on you and your nice stadiums annually – yep, that’s right, Mexico, the only other country around here with pro soccer teams and you can’t beat them – but keep talking about your nice stadiums, just don’t look on the field.
      -oh snap, can’t forget how we got Keane and Landon Donovan in our league! Just don’t bring up the two – yes, 2/TWO – years in a row that little old Carolina Railhawks beat your flagship Galaxy. Wha? Don’t talk about that.
      .
      3. Whoa, there is an “A” side team in the MLS? Looks like a bunch minor league affiliates for ManCity, RedBull Salzburg, and Chivas Guadalaraj? Oh wait, maybe there is a good squad in MLS, unfortunately looks like they took that team and split it between 20 franchises.
      .
      You guys should really ask for more from your league owned franchise outlets.
      #greentideworldwide

  • Tommy Blaney

    A win against a weak RSL puts New York in the thick of the playoff hunt.

    • Everyone’s in the playoff hunt, it’s MLS!

    • OpenCupFan

      More like a stumble. Hunt implies some skill and effort and talent etc.

    • The Realist

      Which says a hell of a lot about the pure **** quality of MLS.

      • MLS Insider

        So true. I work here. You have no idea how Bush league it all is. Yes, MLS is better than NASL, but, frankly, not by much. In addition, our whole playoff structure and all our player acquistion rules are just ridiculous. The fact that “NYCFC is in the hunt” just means that there are a lot NASL and USL quality teams in the league. I mean, people actually PAY to watch Philly. Crazy, right?

  • smurf040

    All these Cosmos haters, why? why can’t anyone come out with something original? heck, is it the Cosmos’s fault if they beat a “reserve” MLS team like you say? It’s not the Cosmos fault they treat a prestigious tournament like the U.S. Open Cup seriously and MLS does not. That’s the difference between all three N.Y. franchises. The Cosmos are in it to win it! EVERY single tournament they play in. If MLS and anyone on both, the RedBulls and NYCfc would want nothing more than get rid of the ghost of the “Cosmos”, then what Garber should do is order all MLS team to put their”A” team against all NASL team and “prove” to everyone that MLS is better (something i truly doubt). So please, save your nonsense comments and excuses if the Cosmos and other NASL teams beat MLS teams and forward in the tournament. Go Cosmos!!!

  • smurf040

    All these Cosmos haters, why? why can’t anyone come out with something original? heck, is it the Cosmos’s fault if they beat a “reserve” MLS team like you say? It’s not the Cosmos fault they treat a prestigious tournament like the U.S. Open Cup seriously and MLS does not. That’s the difference between all three N.Y. franchises. The Cosmos are in it to win it! EVERY single tournament they play in. If MLS and anyone on both, the RedBulls and NYCfc would want nothing more than get rid of the ghost of the “Cosmos”, then what Garber should do is order all MLS team to put their”A” team against all NASL team and “prove” to everyone that MLS is better (something i truly doubt). So please, save your nonsense comments and excuses if the Cosmos and other NASL teams beat MLS teams and move forward in the tournament. Go Cosmos!!!

  • Dan V.

    I don’t think I can count on two fingers the amount of MLS teams that play attractive football.

    And to the idiots that comment about the Cosmos beating a Redbulls reserve team? I was at the game. Redbull put out an almost identical squad against Phili about 5 days prior to this game. Cosmos were also missing 3 of their best players and it was embarrassing how bad the Cosmos destroyed them. Complete domination.


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