New York Cosmos (NASL) 2, New England Revolution (MLS) 3
Continuing to make their bid for a deep U.S. Open Cup run, the New York Cosmos found the game’s first goal when Jairo Arietta laid off a pass in the box for Ruben Bover to finish in the 38th minute. Just as the Cosmos thought they had a 1-0 halftime lead, Teal Bunbury found enough space to rip a blistering effort inside the near post sending the teams to the break locked at 1-1. The home standing Cosmos went back ahead in the 69th minute when Sebastian Guenzetti settled a ball in the box before beating Bobby Shuttleworth inside the right post. The goal only served to galvanize the Revolution as Kei Kamara bagged his first goal for his new club to equalize from close range in the 75th minute. With extra time looming the MLS side made sure to end things in regulation as Kamara’s feed into the box saw Bunbury roof his second of the night inside the top left post in the 83rd minute. With the win the New England Revolution return to the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 and will host 2015 finalists Philadelphia Union on July 20.
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Belson Stadium; Jamaica, N.Y.
New York Cosmos Best Finish: Round of 16 (2014-2015)
New England Revolution Best Finish: Champions (2007)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- One of two non-MLS sides left in the tournament, the New York Cosmos arrived in the Round of 16 by defeating the PDL’s Jersey Express 2-0 behind goals from Ayoze and Yohandry Orozco in Third Round play on June 1. The Cosmos then used Danny Szetela’s 88th minute goal to see of New York City FC 1-0 in Fourth Round play on June 15.
- New England arrived in the Round of 16 thanks to a 103rd minute goal from Zachary Herivaux in the club’s 1-0 extra time defeat of the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks in Fourth Round play on June 15.
- This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
- New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was part of the club’s 2007 championship side, while assistant Tom Soehn has won four U.S. Open Cup titles over the course of his career – three with the Chicago Fire (1998 and 2000 as a player, 2003 as an assistant coach) and one as the head coach of D.C. United in 2008.
- Having fallen at the Round of 16 the last two years, the Cosmos are hoping to advance to the Quarterfinals for the first time ever.
- The winner of this match will host the winner of the Philadelphia Union/New York Red Bulls match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.