Cosmos Crash Out Of Open Cup

For the first time in their history, the New York Cosmos have been eliminated from the US Open Cup in their opening match as they fell 3-2 to Reading United on Wednesday night. In knocking off last year’s NASL champions, Reading orchestrated one of the biggest upsets of the 2017 American soccer season.

The PDL club won on the strength of three goals in six minutes as the first half drew to a close. New York, after nearly folding this winter, came into the season with many questions, not the least of which was how they were going to generate offense without a true striker, a flaw that reared its ugly head on Wednesday. The Cosmos, with an early goal from Khalif Alhassan and a late one from Danny Szetela, tried to make the match interesting but failed to create many dangerous opportunities on Reading’s net.

The loss denies the Cosmos the opportunity to take on New York City FC for a third straight year in the round of 32. In both of their matches, Giovani Savarese’s club has pulled off upsets of their own. In 2015, the Cosmos downed NYCFC in penalty kicks. Last year, they downed the MLS club 1-0 with an 89th minute header from Szetela.

The Cosmos now travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to play in a friendly on May 20th.