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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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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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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Cosmos COO Erik Stover: “Criminal activity” caused Hofstra to ban USOC matches

13428491_10154398405671091_5503252106946949317_nOn a press call last week, Cosmos COO Erik Stover disclosed that US Open Cup matches would no longer be held at Shuart Stadium. With fan behavior at the 2015 NYCFC derby getting out of hand, Hofstra University made the decision that the facility would no longer be available for the Cosmos to host MLS competition.

In this week’s episode of Cosmos Country Podcast, he hammered his point home some more.  Continue reading

NYCFC behind them, Cosmos look ahead to the Revolution

13453886_10154396746036091_359418877_nAfter the first round of MLS participation in this year’s Open Cup, the remaining teams were all subject to a regional draw to determine their opponents. Placed in a group with the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union, the Cosmos will now face the Revolution on June 29th at Belson Stadium. Continue reading

After night to forget in ’15, one to remember in Open Cup and Canadian Championship action

12970302_10154247167656091_1053037460_oAside from the Cosmos shutout of PDL side Jersey Express on Wednesday night, the league should be pleased by strong Third Round performances in the US Open Cup and Amway Canadian Championship.

After a night to forget in last year’s Open Cup with only the Cosmos and Silverbacks advancing and the rest of the league going 0-7 against USL opposition, the league saw all but the two expansion sides move on to the fourth round going 6-2 against the USL this year.

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