U.S. Soccer


New York Cosmos (NASL) 2, New York City FC (MLS) 2 (4-3 PKs)
Playing in their first-ever U.S. Open Cup match, New York City FC looked to have control of the match against their East River rivals New York Cosmos in the early going. City found its first-ever U.S. Open Cup goal in the 25th minute when Kwadwo Poku chased down a through ball from R.J. Allen, stood tall against a Cosmos defender before finishing with an overhead kick as he fell to the ground to make it 1-0. Poku added his second of the night just before the hour mark when midfielder Patrick Mullins chipped him into the box, where the Ghanaian winger took the ball on the hop before blasting his effort past Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. Just as it looked like the MLS side would cruise to victory, the Cosmos pulled one back in the 65th minute, when Hunter Freeman’s cross was headed across goal by Lucky Mkosana before Leo Fernandes pounced to make it 2-1. The Cosmos poured on the pressure late and found the dramatic equalizer in the 90th minute as Freeman again sent a low cross for Mkosana, who took a touch before burying into the top left corner to force extra time. In the extra frame, NYCFC looked like they’d re-take the lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 97th minute, but Pablo Alvarez put his spot kick off the cross bar. Neither team could find the go-ahead goal and the match headed to penalty kicks. Cosmos’ goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer played the hero in the shootout, stopping efforts from Ned Grabavoy, Patrick Mullins and Shay Facey before Hunter Gorskie slotted home the winning spot kick to give the Cosmos a 4-3 shootout win. With the Cosmos being the last remaining Division II (NASL) representative in the tournament, the club is awarded $15,000.

- 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report -

Date: June 17, 2015
Match: New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. New York City FC (MLS)
2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Fourth Round
Venue: Shuart Stadium; Hempstead, N.Y.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 11,446
Weather: Overcast, warm, breezy

Scoring Summary:           1              2              ET1         ET2         F              PKs
NYCO                                0              2              0              0              2              6
NYCF                                1              1              0              0              2              5

NYCF – Kwadwo Poku (R.J. Allen)                         24th minute
NYCF – Kwadwo Poku (Pablo Alvarez)                  57
NYCO – Leo Fernandes (Lucky Mkosana)              65
NYCO – Lucky Mkosana (Hunter Freeman)           90                                          

NYCO: 1-James Maurer; 2-Hunter Freeman, 17-Ayoze Garcia Perez, 4-Carlos Mendes, 3-Hunter Gorskie; 14-Danny Szetela (25-Hagop Chirishian, 88), 16-Adam Moffat, 13-Sebastian Guenzatti (22-Leo Fernandes, 68), 20-Walter Restrepo; 7-Raul (18-Mads Stokkelien, 86), 77-Lucky Mkosana
Head coach: Giovanni Savarese

NYCF: 25-Erik Johansen; 27-R.J. Allen (3-Kwame Watson-Siriboe, 73), 24-Shay Facey, 21-Jason Hernandez (17-Chris Wingert, 64), 5-Jeb Brovsky, 10-Mix Diskerud, 4-Andrew Jacobson, 20-Mehdi Ballouchy, 22-Pablo Alvarez; 88-Kwadwo Poku (11-Ned Grabavoy, 87), 14-Patrick Mullins
Head coach: Jason Kreis

Stats Summary: NYCO / NYCF
Shots: 12 / 11
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 13 / 5
Fouls: 13 / 20
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
NYCO – Hunter Gorskie (caution)             40th minute
NYCF – Mehdi Ballouchy (caution)            58
NYCO – Danny Szetela (caution)                80
NYCF – Chris Wingert (caution)                  87
NYCO – Hagop Chirisian (caution)             92
NYCF – Ned Grabavoy (caution)                115
NYCO – Ayoze Garcia Perez (caution)       116
NYCO – Hunter Freeman (caution)             118

Referee: Matthew Kreitzer
Assistant Referee 1: Brian Dunn
Assistant Referee 2: Ben Pilgrim
4th Official: Dave Breckner
Match Commissioner: Carl Christian