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A CITY-COSMOS CONFRONTATION? They could meet again in Open Cup June 18

CHICAGO -- For the second year running, the Cosmos could be heading for a Lamar Hunt/Open Cup confrontation with New York City FC.

The Cosmos will host the winner of Thursday night's second round match between the Jersey Express and N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms on June 1. The winner of that encounter will visit the Major League Soccer side in the fourth round on June 15.

The location of the match was not immediately known.

Last year the Cosmos overcame a two-goal deficit to register for a 2-2 draw before prevailing in a shootout in which goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer starred.

Depending on how Lansdowne Bhoys (Cosmopolitan Soccer League), fares against the Rochester Rhinos in its third-round match on June 1, the CSL side could play at the Red Bulls on June 18 or the Rhinos would host the MLS team on the same day.

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MIAMI, Florida -- Fabrice Picault is a man of the world who would love to establish some roots with the United States national team.

He was born in the New York City, is of Haitian descent and played his youth soccer with Cagliair (Italy) before spending time with Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) and currently performs with FC St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga (Germany).

The 25-year-old Picault hopes to get an opportunity to impress U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann when the Americans play an international friendly against Puerto Rico in Bayamon on Sunday.

Picault was called into the Haiti national team for a 2014 friendly, but did not play. So he hopes he has another chance to impress.

"Obviously, I want this to be my last one," he said. My objective is to push far, keep going up. It's literally from the bottom so I think if somebody knows how to fight and push themselves up, it would be me. I look forward to doiing that."

After connecting for both goals of St. Pauli's 2-0 win over VfL Bochum on April 16, Klinsmann even gave the forward a shoutout on twitter as well.

"Nice to see Fafa Picault score twice for FC St. Pauli! Congrats!" the USA coach tweeted.

That certainy did wonders for Picault's confidence.

"That was great," he said. "I felt he was paying attention. after that game, that first game against Bolton, when I had a goal and an assist against padabone, i knew he had an eye on me and so i just wanted to keep performing. in dussefordt game, a goal came after that. a few other good performances i felt definitely motivatedd me to keep pushing harder and gave me some good confidence needed for the end of the season."

Having played in a number of leagues in different countries, Picault has adapted to various styles. He also has performed for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League.

"It was a bit different, but I spent already four years in Italy," Picault said. "Going back to Europe I just have to adjust to another country. Czech culture is different than German culture, German is different from Italian. You just have to keep adapting, just learning how poeple do things differently even within a country. Clubs do things differently than other clubs. So you just have to adapt and get used to it."

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haitian background

i hope to

i hope you make you guys pround.

definitely, born and raised here. excited. definitely excited.

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