June 18, 2015
IT'S A REMATCH
Cosmos vs. Red Bulls in Open Cup Round of 16
By Michael Lewis
|Raul and his Cosmos teammates will get an opportunity to play on grass when they meet the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup.
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It's a rematch.
About 11 hours after prevailing over New York City FC in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup, the Cosmos discovered they would take on the Red Bulls in the Round of 16.
The game will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on July 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The game will mark a rather busy derby week for the Red Bulls. Only days prior to the Open Cup match, they will visit NYC FC at Yankee Stadium in a Hudson River derby on Saturday, June 28.
"I'm trying to stay focused," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. "One game at a time here, but now that the news comes out. ... I watched the game last night, it was a charged game with emotion and competitiveness. I thought it was an entertaining game. We're happy to know it's at home, but we know it will be a big challenge. It's funny, they don't have any games until that game, and we've got three. We'll have to now take it game-by-game for us, but I know we'll be ready for the Open Cup."
The match also will mark the return of two Cosmos to Red Bull country -- former Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover, who was fired as Red Bulls managing director in 2011 and head coach Giovanni Savarese, who was dismissed as director of youth soccer and development in 2007. Stover played an integral role in building RBA, while Savarese, one of the most popular players in club history, scored 41 goals over three seasons when it was named the MetroStars.
There was no immediate comment from either club.
Last year the Cosmos stunned the Red Bulls in the fourth round, 3-0, at James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
On Wednesday night at Shuart, the Cosmos overcame a 2-0 deficit with a pair of second-half goals to force extratime and eventually a penalty-kick shootout. The Cosmos won the tie-breaker, 4-3, as goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer made three saves and defender Hunter Gorskie converted the game-winning penalty.
Based on the results of the draw, the winner of the Red Bulls-Cosmos draw will host the quarterfinal round match-up. The quarterfinals are set for July 21-22.
The draw was made at U.S. Soccer House, the organization's headquarters in Chicago.