No more speculation, the Cosmos and their fellow NASL clubs know the opponents they will face as the two second-division leagues drop into Open Cup action next week.
At time of writing, all NASL sides will be the away sides with the exceptions of Miami FC (hosting rights uncertain) and San Francisco Deltas, who will host their match, but at Stanford University.
US Open Cup
The New York Cosmos will face Reading United at Exeter Township Senior High School in Reading, PA after the PDL side edged out the Clarkstown SC Eagles of the NPSL. A penalty kick in the ninth minute of first-half stoppage gave the home side the win.
This will be the second time the Cosmos have traveled to Pennsylvania for Open Cup action with their controversial loss in the Round of 16 to the Philadelphia Union.
The Indy Eleven will travel to Michigan and a date with the Michigan Bucks (USL) at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI. The Bucks held off AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) by a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
The Jacksonville Armada will travel south to Hialeah to face Miami United FC (NPSL) at Ted Hendricks Arena. Miami United beat Boca Raton FC 2-1 to advance to the second round.
The Armada’s U-23 side (NPSL) also advanced past the First Round, beating The Villages SC (PDL) 2-1. They will travel to Al Lang Stadium to face former NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL).
The hosting rights may not be clear yet, but what is known is that Miami FC will play South Florida Surf (PDL) in the Second Round. The Surf opened up Open Cup action on Tuesday night with a 4-2 away win over Red Force FC.
North Carolina FC also hits the road to face the Carolina Dynamo (PDL) at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro, NC. The PDL side hosted Legacy 76 (NPSL) holding on for a 2-1 win.
The San Francisco Deltas will play their first ever Open Cup match Stanford University, as mentioned earlier. They host the Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL). The Dragons advanced on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw with El Farolito held through extra time.
All matches will be played on Wednesday, May 17th. The winners of the 26 matches of the Second Round will play each other in the Third Round on May 31st.
The Division Two Canadian derby was reignited last week as FC Edmonton and the Ottawa Fury faced off the in the Canadian Championship.
After taking a 1-0 lead at home over Edmonton last week, the Fury eliminated the Eddies on Wednesday night, beating them 3-2. This came despite an absolute blooper highlight by Ottawa that permitted Edmonton to score.
Meanwhile, in the Canadian Championship…. pic.twitter.com/NdH4Sah8CQ
— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) May 11, 2017