U.S. Open Cup Preview: Jersey Express host USL’s NYRBII

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Beat Writer

New York Red Bull II will take part in their first ever US Open Cup fixture on Wednesday night at NJIT Soccer Stadium against the Jersey Express. All USL teams join into the second round of the competition to face the remaining teams from the PDL, NPSL, USASA and USSSA.

Jersey Express defeated the New York Greek Americans, a perennial amateur power, 3-0 last week to advance to the second round of the competition.


Projected XI:

New York Red Bull II: Santiago Castano; McLaws, Da Fonte, Adams, Heffron; Metzger, Stolz, Plewa; Sanchez, Tsonis, Bedoya

Jersey Express: Dawson; Lebo, Viaggio, Kracz, Janneh; Moon, Lebogang, Coulibaly, McNamara; Martinez, Sangary

X-Factor: Little to no MLS reserves will be available for this game as one minute on the bench or on the field would cup tie the squad and limit the Red Bull’s MLS squad during the competition. While the competition will not be as stiff as what they have faced in the USL, NYR II will have to find goals from the likes of Tsonis and Bedoya.


No Expectations Should Equal No Pressure

As head coach John Wolyniec and the Red Bull organization has stated, NYRB II is all about development and not necessarily wins and losses. The chance to play in a winner-takes-all knockout tournament is a great chance to see how certain players deal with pressure, but the team is not striving for a long run.

The relaxed nature could go one of two ways. The USL side could either give a lethargic performance, knowing that they have another league fixture on Sunday, or they could power through an inferior team and press on to potentially play the NASL’s New York Cosmos; the first meeting between the Cosmos and a Red Bull umbrella organization since last year’s 3-0 win over the Red Bull senior team at Hofstra University.

Little is Known About Jersey Express

So far, Jersey Express has only played one game this season and that was a 2-1 loss to the Long Island Rough Riders. The team is young and has little experience playing upper division teams, meaning they will be at a decided disadvantage.

Still, that air of mystery could work in their favor. New York will be playing their second game in 72 hours. Tired legs could play a factor and upsets this early in the US Open Cup tend to be the norm. New York should still have a decided advantage in talent but whether or not the team is able to produce will remain to be seen.

Jersey Express were ousted by the Brooklyn Italians at NJIT last year.

  • Jersey Express

    Little is known about Jersey Express ? Really ? Chris Karcz(EX-RBNY)Moriken Sangary ex Brooklyn Italian, tried out for the Cosmos. Research dude, Research.

    • Anthony J. Merced

      They’ve only played one league game and one Cup game. There is little known about the team’s character yet in 2015.

  • Full 90

    So if RB2 win, then cosmos will face them right.
    Then if cosmos beat RB2, who will cosmos play, big red bull.

    • Anonymous

      That part I haven’t been able to 100% confirm. I’m pretty sure NYRB II play the Cosmos if they win. From there I would think the winner plays either NYCFC or Red Bulls depending on who wins.

      • slowleftarm

        The winner of this game will play the Cosmos in the third round. The pairings haven’t been announced past the third round. If Hempstead win it could be either RBNY or NYCFC. Obviously if RBNY II win it could be NYCFC only (or some other team but that’s the most likely scenario).

  • slowleftarm

    No way energy drink II beats the cosmos, I see cosmos getting past energy drink II, then El plastico, and then energy drink I with ease

    • slowleftarm

      What a loser.

      • jor

        Troll vs sock puppet? So much drama!

  • Full 90

    This is going to be epic, will red bull daddy be sending players to red bull2 when they play cosmos. Is that possible?
    I can see this as judgment year for cosmos, they will play RB2 then if they win, red bull, then NYC if they win.
    It’s now or never for the boys in green.

    • Anthony J. Merced

      Any player who plays in NYRB II’s game tomorrow will be cup tied. That’s why it will be a mostly USL and Academy side. I wouldn’t expect Anatole Abang, Connor Lade or even Jean-Baptiste to play.

  • Jerry Rose

    I am curious why you include Stolz in the starting XI, why do you not include him in the “cup tied” players that NYRB will hold out for themselves??

    • Anthony J. Merced

      I included him because he appears as it he will be down there for the year. RB is pretty loaded with midfielders at the moment. They may very well not play him tonight but given how he has progressed in the USL team I see him sticking with this squad.