May 14, 2014
Second-half rally lifts Italians over Express in Open Cup; will play Cosmos
NEWARK, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Italians have booked a U.S. Open Cup date with the New York Cosmos.
Yvener Guerrier scored twice in the final nine minutes to break a 2-2 tie to lift the Italians to a 4-2 comeback win over the Jersey Express in a second in the second-round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night.
Kareem Joachim put Yvener Guerrier in on goal and Guerrier slotted it home for the game-winner for a 3-2 advantage in the 81st minute at Lubetkin Field on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Guerrier gave the visitors some much needed breathing room by converting a penalty kick in the 90th minute.
"This is what we get when we work hard," Brooklyn coach Lucio Russo said on the Italians' twitter feed. "This is a huge victory for our team and New York soccer."
The Italians (National Premier Soccer League) will face the Cosmos (North American Soccer League) in a third-round encounter at Belson Stadium at St. John's University on May 28. Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese once played for the Italians before he turned pro with the Long Island Rough Riders in 1994. On March 29, he was named the Italians' sportsman of the year as he received the award at the club's annual dinner.
Marcus Hackett had given Jersey (Premier Development League) a 1-0 edge in the 13th minute as he headed in a free kick at the far post.
Five minutes into the second half the Italians equalized at 1-1 on a goal by Jiro Barriga.
The Express took the lead again in the 63rd minute.
The Italians, however, equalized again at 2-2 as Salvatore Barone converted a penalty kick in the 76th minute.
The Italians won the 1991 Open Cup crown, besting the Richardson Rockets (Texas) in the final at Brooklyn College, 1-0.