The New York Cosmos have been talking about the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup ever since they arrived at training camp in 2014. Well now they can say when their first match will be and who their first opponent will be. The US Open Cup is currently under way with lower division soccer clubs (PDL, USASA and soon USL pro teams) currently competing against one another. The NASL clubs will join the tournament when it reaches the third round starting May 28th.
The New York Cosmos, in their first US open cup appearance since their reboot, will pair up against either the Brooklyn Italians SC (NPSL) or the Jersey Express (PDL) winner. The Cosmos match will be played Wednesday May 28th at 7:30pm but not at hofstra’s Schuart stadium. The match will be played instead on the campus of St Johns’s University in Queens in Belson Stadium. To know exactly who the Cosmos will face on 5/28 we will have to await the outcome of the BK Italians and Jersey Express match which will take place on May 14th at 8pm.
As the Cosmos organization has always commented, doing well in the US open cup is imperative for the club. It will prove their status in the US Soccer pyramid. With success in round 3, the possibility of facing MLS sides, and likely the NY/NJ Red Bulls, is a very realistic possibility.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating from 1914. This year’s winner will earn a berth into the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League, $250,000 in prize money and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize. D.C. United is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won its third tournament title (following triumphs in 1996 and 2008) after a tense 1-0 road victory against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, 2013. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
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