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Cosmos lead NASL sweep over MLS opposition
June 14th, 2014 11:28PM

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[U.S. OPEN CUP] On a night when NASL teams swept their three matchups with MLS teams in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the New York Cosmos, the 2013 NASL champions, were the big winners with a 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls in the first Big Apple derby. The Carolina RailHawks and Atlanta Silverbacks also won against MLS opposition in fourth-round play.

Mads Stokkelien led the Cosmos with two excellent goals to the delight of 9,364 fans at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. Alessandro Noselli had the third goal for the Cosmos, who could have won by a bigger margin. The Red Bulls lost rookie Chris Duvall to a red card late in the game.

“Today was one of our best performances,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “I think today was a complete performance and that was very, very good to see from the team.”

Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer needed to make just one save.

“I think it is because we’re 11 players that work great defensively when the opponent has the ball,” Stokkelien said. “Of course, we have the best defense in the league [three goals allowed in nine games in speing championship] and the goalkeeper as well.”

-- The Silverbacks outshot Real Salt Lake, 20-8, but needed a stoppage-time goal from Ghanaian Kwadwo Poku to beat Real Salt Lake, 2-1. Poku assisted on Junior Burgos' goal after Luke Mulholland had put RSL ahead.

-- Carolina beat Chivas USA for the second year in a row, though it needed a shootout this time after their game ended 1-1. In 2012, the Goats had won in Cary in stoppage time.

WEDNESDAY. The San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo both won their opening U.S. Open Cup matches, though the Quakes needed to recover from a 1-0 deficit to beat Sacramento Republic FC, 2-1, on goals by Khari Stephenson and Cordell Cato at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Honduran Alex Lopez scored his first goal for the Dynamo to beat the PDL's Laredo Heat, 1-0, in a game that saw both teams finish with 10 players.

First Round: Report
Second Round: Report
Third Round: Report

2014 U.S. Open Cup:
FOURTH ROUND, RESULTS
June 14 in Chamblee, Ga.
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 2 Real Salt Lake (MLS) 1
June 14 in Hempstead, N.Y.
New York Cosmos (NASL) 3 New York Red Bulls (MLS) 0
June 14 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 1 Chivas USA (MLS) 1 (Carolina wins on PKs)
June 11 in San Francisco
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2 Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) 1
June 11 in Houston
Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0 Laredo Heat (PDL) 0

FOURTH ROUND, SCHEDULE
June 17 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
June 17 in  Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)
June 17 in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) vs. D.C. United (MLS)
June 17 in Akron, Ohio
Columbus Crew (MLS) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)
June 17 in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. Orlando City U23s (PDL)
June 17 in  Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Orlando City (USL PRO)
June 18 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
June 18 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)
June 18 in  Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting KC (MLS) vs. Minnesota United (NASL)
June 18 in Peoria, Ariz.
Arizona United (USL PRO)  LA Galaxy (MLS)
June 18 in Tukwila, Wash.
Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. PSA Elite (USASA)

FIFTH ROUND, SCHEDULE
Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls/New York Cosmos winner
OR
New York Red Bulls/*New York Cosmos winner vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
*At Belson Stadium in Jamaica, N.Y.
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*D.C. United vs. New England Revolution/Richmond Kickers winner
*At Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.
OR
*New England Revolution/Richmond Kickers winner vs. Rochester Rhinos
*At Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I.
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Chicago Fire vs. Indy Eleven/Columbus Crew winner
OR
Indy Eleven/Columbus Crew winner vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
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Houston Dynamo vs. San Antonio Scorpions/FC Dallas winner
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Carolina RailHawks vs. LA Galaxy/Arizona United winner
OR
LA Galaxy/Arizona United winner vs. Chivas USA
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*Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes
*At Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
OR
San Jose Earthquakes vs. PSA Elite
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Colorado Rapids/Orlando City winner vs. Real Salt Lake/Atlanta Silverbacks winner
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Sporting KC/Minnesota United winner vs. Orlando City U23s/Portland Timbers winner



2 comments
  1. Bob Reiss
    commented on: June 15, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
    NO way you could give Carolina or Atlanta the lead??, tired of all the suck up Cosmo comments.....no offense Cosmos just dont know why you guys get every headline, does somebodys brother in law work there?

  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: June 15, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
    The cosmos have no intention of trying to get into the MLS. They are trying to challenge it head on. Which of course could be suicide for both leagues. I suspect the cosmos will wedge their way into the MLS with some deal.


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