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LAMAR HUNT/U.S. OPEN CUP

July 1, 2015
TOAST OF THE TOWN
Red Bulls down Cosmos 4-1 in Open Cup

By Christian Arnold
Big Apple Soccer Contributor

Sacha Kljestan had a goal and an assist in the Red Bulls 4-1 win over the Cosmos.
Sacha Kljestan had a goal and an assist in the Red Bulls 4-1 win over the Cosmos.
Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
HARRISON, N.J. – New York is red for another night.

Three days removed from their comeback win over New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls downed the New York Cosmos 4-1 in the round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night.

The performance was a stark contrast to the one the Red Bulls had at Shuart Stadium last year when the two teams met for the first time in the tournament.

“Last year [this game] was in the middle of our break of the World Cup week we had,” defender Matt Miazga said. “This year new game, new team, new system. I’m happy we drew the Cosmos and I’m happy about the win. Now we look forward to Philly in two weeks.”

The Red Bulls opened up the scoring five minutes into the match. Sam Lloyd sent a pass to Sal Zizzo, who headed the ball from eight yards out past Cosmos’ keeper Jimmy Maurer. The Cosmos evened up the score in the 16th minute off a goal by Lucky Mkosana.

Maurer sent a pass up field to Walter Restrepo, who raced toward the attacking zone. A pass for Mkosana was initially deflected, but a trailing Leo Fernandes sent the ball right back to Mkosana and he tied the game at one.

The Red Bulls kept their attack going and after several chances by Zizzo were called offside, they finally regained the lead in the 42nd minute. A corner kick by Sacha Kljestan found Anatole Abang, who headed the ball into the net to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead.

The Red Bulls moved infront of the Cosmos by two in the 63rd minute after Chris Duvall was taken down inside the box. The ensuing penalty kick by Kljestan found the back of the net and put the game out of reach for the Cosmos.

Mike Grella made it 4-1 with a goal in the 90th minute

“I’m very happy to get these results against these teams and prove that right now we are the best team in New York.” Grella said about beating NYC FC and the Red Bulls back-to-back.

The MLS club could have looked past the Cosmos, who play in the second division NASL, but instead viewed them as another tough opponent. The Cosmos had entered the match undefeated in the spring NASL season and the 3-0 loss last year was still very fresh from last year.

“The Cosmos had every right to feel good about themselves,” Dax McCarty said. Undefeated in their fall season and beating NYCFC, and obviously kicking our ass last year. They had every right to feel confident and positive, and feeling like they’re the team to beat in New York.

“I think for the most part we stayed humble and respected opponents. You never want to look past them because they’re an NASL team… I think we did the business at hand and got the job done.“

The Red Bulls will advance to face the Philadelphia Union in the next round of the U.S. Open Cup, while the Cosmos once again fall short of their goal in the tournament.

Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese was disappointed with the loss, but felt his team had chances in the match.

“I think the mistakes that we made, particular mistakes, put us in a difficult situation tonight,” he explained. “I thought we had moments in play. We had the ball, we were creating chances, and we were spreading the ball around very well. But there were key moments where we gave them the chances to find themselves in the right areas and they penalized us.”
 
   
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