New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) 2, New York Red Bulls U-23 (PDL) 1
The New York Pancyprian Freedoms overcame a 1-0 first-half deficit to defeat New York Red Bulls U-23 2-1 at home in First Round U.S. Open Cup action. The Red Bulls carried a 1-0 lead into the halftime break thanks to a Zach Knudson penalty kick in the 14th minute, but Pancyprian countered with two second-half goals from Yanick Reyering in the 51st and 66th minutes. Three-time U.S. Open Cup champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms will host Jersey Express in the Second Round on May 18.
New York Red Bulls U-23 (PDL) at New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y., Open Division)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
New York Red Bulls U-23 Previous Appearances: Third appearance
New York Pancyprian Freedoms Previous Appearances: Fourth appearance (pro-Era); Won three U.S. Open Cup championships outside the Professional Era, lifting the Dewar Trophy in 1980, 1982 and 1983.
- New York Red Bulls U-23 qualified after winning the PDL’s Mid-Atlantic Division title with a 9-2-3 record. The side finished as league runners-up after falling 4-3 to K-W United in the 2015 Final.
- New York Pancyprian Freedoms qualified after defeating rivals New York Greek Americans 4-2 in extra time on October 17, and then beating Jersey Shore Boca 2-1 on November 14.