Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs New York Red Bulls


New York Cosmos vs New York Red Bulls
Cosmos host Red Bulls in their first-ever meeting - the inaugural New York Derby - set for Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. Following an absence of almost three decades, the Cosmos returned to active play last year and won the league’s Fall Season crown and a record sixth NASL Soccer Bowl.  The Cosmos, who are also playing their second-ever Open Cup match, reached the Fourth Round with goals from defender Jimmy Ockford and midfielder Hagop Chirishian leading the NASL club to a 2-0 victory over NPSL’s Brooklyn Italians SC at St. John’s University’s Belston Stadium last month. 

Scouting Report On NASL Opponent
Previously known as the NY/NJ MetroStars (1995-2005), the club was one of 10 teams that competed in the inaugural MLS season in 1996.  The club, who were 2003 U.S. Open Cup Runner-up, was rebranded as New York Red Bulls in 2006.  The Red Bulls, who have a 15-1-15 record in 15 Open Cup appearances, reached the MLS Cup Finals in 2008 and in were the league’s regular season winner in 2013.  Mike Petke has been in charge of the Red Bulls since last year and currently has a 4-6-5 record (18 points) and in fifth-place in the MLS Eastern Conference.  English forward Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the Red Bulls with 11 goals.

Team Recognitions
• 1972 NASL Champion (and Regular Season Winners)
• 1977 NASL Champion
• 1978 NASL Champion (and Regular Season Winners)
• 1979 NASL Regular Season Winners
• 1980 NASL Champion
• 1981 NASL Regular Season Winners
• 1982 NASL Champion
• 1983 NASL Regular Season Winners
• 2013 NASL Champion (and Fall Season Winners)

• 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Runner-up
• 2008 MLS Runner-up
• 2013 MLS Regular Season Winner

League Stats Leaders
NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (3); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (3)
NYRB-Goals – Bradley Wright-Phillips (11); Assists – Lloyd Sam (6)

Cosmos Coach’s Quote
“It’s very important, first of all because we are taking the U.S. Open Cup seriously. For us, whoever we would have to play, it would be an important match because we would like to advance to the next stages.  The fact that it’s another professional organization in our area makes it a little bit more of an important match.” – Giovanni Savarese