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Cosmos leads strong U.S. Open Cup showing by NASL clubs

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The New York Cosmos set up an all-New York matchup in the fourth round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup with their third-round victory over the Jersey Express on Wednesday.

The win by the Cosmos was one of seven by NASL sides during the 15-game slate on Wednesday. Six USL teams moved on to the fourth round as well.

Ayoze Garcia and Yohandry Orozco netted a goal each in the win by Giovani Savarese’s men at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s. The victory secured a matchup between the Cosmos and New York City FC at Fordham University on June 15.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers opened Wednesday with a win in penalties over the Richmond Kickers. The Strikers won the shootout 2-0 to advance to the fourth round to play D.C. United.

Tony Meola’s Jacksonville Armada were one of two sides that won in extra time in the third round. The NASL side downed the Charleston Battery 2-1 thanks to Alhassan Keita’s 108th-minute winner. Jacksonville faces Orlando City in the next round.

The Carolina RailHawks used five tallies in extra time to defeat fellow North Carolina side Charlotte Independence. Carolina will face the New England Revolution in the fourth round.

In the first-ever Oklahoma City derby, OKC Energy took down Rayo OKC 2-1 behind a goal from Kyle Hyland in the 107th minute. The Energy will visit FC Dallas in the fourth round.

The biggest upset of the third round came from PDL side Kitsap Pumas, who went into Bonney Field to take down USL club Sacramento Republic 3-1. USASA team LA Maquina FC advanced to play the LA Galaxy with a 2-0 win over fellow USASA club LA Wolves

Seventeen of Major League Soccer’s 20 clubs will enter the competition in the fourth round to be played on June 15. Orlando, New England, Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls will hit the road. Portland and San Jose will play in the only all-MLS matchup in the fourth round at Providence Park.

Third Round Results

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 (2-0 on penalties) Richmond Kickers

Jacksonville Armada 2-1 (a.e.t.) Charleston Battery

Rochester Rhinos 2-0 Lansdowne Bhoys FC

Indy Eleven 2-1 Louisville City FC

New York Cosmos 2-0 Jersey Express

Carolina RailHawks 5-0 (a.e.t.) Charlotte Independence

Chattanooga FC 1-2 Harrisburg City Islanders

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 FC Cincinnati

Miami FC 1-2 Wilmington Hammerheads

Rayo OKC 1-2 OKC Energy

Saint Louis FC 0-2 Minnesota United

Des Moines Menace 1-2 San Antonio FC

La Maquina FC 2-0 LA Wolves

Arizona United 0-3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks

Sacramento Republic 1-3 Kitsap Pumas

Fourth Round Matches

Orlando City at Jacksonville Armada

Indy Eleven at Chicago Fire

New York Cosmos at New York City FC

Harrisburg City Islanders at Philadelphia Union

New England Revolution at Carolina RailHawks

Tampa Bay Rowdies at Columbus Crew

New York Red Bulls at Rochester Rhinos

Fort Lauderdale Strikers at D.C. United

Sporting Kansas City at Minnesota United

OKC Energy at FC Dallas

San Antonio FC at Houston Dynamo

Colorado Springs Switchbacks at Colorado Rapids

Wilmington Hammerheads at Real Salt Lake

Kitsap Pumas at Seattle Sounders

San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers


  1. Cosmos need to take out NYCFC and the Red Bulls need to dispatch the Rhinos so that we can have a Red vs. Green match-up for the third straight year. Make it happen!

    • Honestly, who doesn’t want to see the Cosmos beat NYCFC? Either team will get trounced in the next round anyway.

  2. Much better showing for NASL teams last night compared to last year.

    Saw parts of the Rowdies v. Cincinnati game last night online. Cincinnati came to Florida to play, it was a very open and enjoyable game to watch.

    • Kinda bummed. I wanted to see the first Crew vs FC Cincinnati game. Sounds like Harkes put a good squad out there, but just couldn’t get a goal vs Tampa.


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