US Open Cup: Cosmos to face Clarkstown SC Eagles or Reading United AC in opener

We Want The Cup 5 Points Tifo [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

The first round pairings for the 2017 edition of the US Open Cup are complete. The Cosmos will face the winner of PDL side Reading United AC and NPSL’s Clarkstown SC Eagles. The potential venues were also revealed for the Cosmos’ Cup opener. Rocco B Commisso Stadium at Columbia would be the host if Clarkstown wins the matchup, and the Cosmos would go on the road if Reading gets the upper hand. Regardless of venue, the match will be played May 17. Clarkstown travels to face host Reading in Pennsylvania the week before, May 10.

Clarkstown SC Eagles

Clarkstown were the NPSL Northeastern Division champions in 2016. They would lose to eventual league champion AFC Cleveland in the semi-finals, 3-2. The Eagles will begin their 2017 campaign on May 13. Forward Ryan Morris was invited to play in the 2017 NPSL Showcase and defender Chris Riordan made the 2016 NPSL Best XI First Team last season.

Reading United AC

Reading reached the 2016 PDL Conference Finals after finishing at the top of their division with a 10-1-3 record. Midfielder Paul Marie made the Eastern Conference All-Conference team. Their 2017 season also begins May 13, and forward Hugo Delhommelle and defender Robert Sagul both were listed on the 2016 PDL Top Prospects List.

Looking Ahead

The Cosmos will be the clear favorite regardless of who wins the first round matchup. Having the Cosmos stay home and play on Rocco’s field would definitely be the preferred outcome. The potential third round pairings will be announced before the second round games are played, where the Cosmos are likely to be paired against a USL side for the first time in the club’s cup history.

2017 Preview: FC Edmonton

 2016 Season Review

The 2016 season saw the Eddies return to post season play for the first time since 2011 (when six of the eight NASL clubs made the playoffs). Following the club’s preseason in Scotland, Edmonton would go on to finish third in the Spring, Fall, and combined standings, allowing a league best 21 goals through both seasons. The Eddies would lose to Indy Eleven in the first round of the NASL playoffs.

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Us Against the World: The Cosmos and the US Open Cup, Part 2

We Want The Cup 5 Points Tifo [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Following a successful inaugural season which saw the Cosmos win the NASL Fall Season and ensuing Soccer Bowl, plenty of intrigue and questions continued to surround the Cosmos and their future. The club looked to build on their successful first stint, but something else had come out involving the future of the club; they were staying in the NASL for the long run.

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2017 Preview: Miami FC

2016 Season Review

Miami’s inaugural season was a tale of two halves. Coming into 2016 the hype train was running at full speed with Miami building their team around internationally experienced talents Matuzalem, Wilson Palacios, and Dario Cvitanich. Play on the field would dictate differently however, as Miami would take dead last in their inaugural season.

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2017 Preview: North Carolina FC

2016 Season Review

“How ’bout them Carolina RailHawks?!” The last year of the RailHawk was full of ups and downs for the new look North Carolina FC. After staying local for the preseason and playing mostly neighboring universities and USL sides (along with Toluca of Liga MX), Carolina started the 2016 Spring by winning their first four league contests. The club’s first loss would come on their visit to Hofstra in a match that would end with the Cosmos in front, 1-0. The RailHawks would not win again and spiral down the standings over the last five weeks, finishing the Spring in seventh place.

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2017 Preview: San Francisco Deltas

2016 Season Review

While the Deltas didn’t play in the NASL 2016 season, their presence and influence was vital to the return of the NASL for a new year. Thanks to club owner Brian Helmick and his Silicon Valley connections, owners and teams around the NASL were able to get on the same page and move forward with promise following a tumultuous off-season. Since their announcement, Deltas have spent time trying to establish a foothold to build on and securing a fan base for the upcoming season.

The team has been vocal about their plan to work openly and honestly with its fanbase, as well as with other teams around the country, regardless of their league. A great example of this can be noted with the club’s first ever open tryout. Not only did they make the cost of it very feasible for the individuals who participated, they also invited other pro teams in the area to come and scout players as well, at no cost to the clubs.

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Us Against the World: The Cosmos and the US Open Cup, Part 1

The 5 Points 2016 Open Cup tifo [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

The Cup. The Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup to be exact. It’s the longest ongoing knockout competition in American soccer and one of the longest running association football tournaments in the world. It’s March Madness for soccer, on steroids. It pits teams from across the nation, both amateur and professional, in an extensive knockout tournament that spans from April until September every year, with qualifying taking place for amateur clubs well before then.

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Questions still surround the Cosmos’ back-line ahead of second preseason leg

David Ochieng at the team’s media practice [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Things seem to be coming together well for the Cosmos as the club prepares to head to Bermuda for the second leg of their preseason tour. In the first leg, the club won all three of their friendlies in the Dominican Republic but, more importantly, the team seemed to improve from match to match. As it stands, the Cosmos roster has twenty players under contract, but only two center backs.

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US Soccer announces 2017 US Open Cup format

Alexis Velela, Sebastian Guenzatti, and Danny Szetela after defeating NYCFC in 2016 [Photo by Steve Hamlin/TICC]

US Soccer has officially announced the format for the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Ninety-nine clubs will do battle beginning May 10th as both amateur and professional sides look to be the last team standing and punch a ticket to the CONCACAF Champion’s League.

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Speculation 3.0: Navigating the New York Cosmos Rumor Mill

Cosmos Training [Photo by Steve Hamlin]

Things are finally taking shape for the Cosmos as the clock ticks towards the March 25 kickoff for the 2017 NASL Spring Season. As it stands, the Cosmos roster has 18 players under contract, but rumors once again have been swirling around the club. Three trialists were present at the open practice for media, and Amauri was officially announced at the team’s press conference. The club is still expected to have 20 players signed before their preseason trip to the Dominican Republic, and Gio hinted at more signings coming soon, including the possibility of another former player.

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