|The Cosmos dominated the Red Bulls of MLS on Saturday (photo nycosmos.com)|
Hempstead, NY – In a great soccer story played out in the shadow of the opening of the 2014 World Cup, the NY Cosmos of the NASL dominated the New York Red Bulls, 3-0, on Saturday. The game was part of the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, a tournament combining professional and amateur teams in competition and dating back 100 years to 1914.
The current Cosmos are an incarnation of a franchise that was inactive for the better part of three decades. In the fall of 2013 they resumed league play, and promptly won the NASL’s autumn season.
Norway native Mads Stokkelien scored twice for the Cosmos while Alessandro Noselli had the other tally for the home club.
The NASL is considered a lower division than Major League Soccer, yet the Cosmos win was just one of three games on Saturday in which NASL teams bested MLS foes.
New York will now face the winner of tonight’s game between the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) and the Philadelphia Union (MLS) in the Fifth Round next week.
The Red Bulls exited the single-elimination tournament with the loss.