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Red Bulls-Cosmos looms as potential U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match

Cosmos The reigning NASL champion New York Cosmos could play their way into a U.S. Open Cup matchup against the New York Red Bulls. (Andrew Snook/Icon SMI)

The New York Cosmos sure seem to have extra motivation when it comes to pulling one over on MLS, and they'll have a chance to do so in grand fashion should they reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

U.S. Soccer released the pairings for the fourth round of this year's competition -- the stage in which MLS teams enter the tournament -- and the Cosmos have been drawn against the New York Red Bulls -- provided that they defeat the NPSL's Brooklyn Italians in the third round later this month. The pairing is not all that surprising considering that U.S. Soccer attempts to regionalize early-round matchups, but it provides a taste of what an intra-New York clash could feature a year before New York City FC opens play as an MLS expansion franchise.

Here are the 16 pairings that incorporate all U.S.-based MLS teams (dates and times all TBD, but the round is slated to take place from June 10-18. Third-round games that will determine the ultimate pairings will be played May 27 and 28):

FOURTH-ROUND U.S. OPEN CUP PAIRINGS (MLS team in bold):

New York Red Bulls vs. New York Cosmos or Brooklyn Italians

New England Revolution vs. Richmond Kickers or NY Greek American Atlas

Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders or Baltimore Bohemians

D.C. United vs. Rochester Rhinos or Reading United AC

Columbus Crew vs. Dayton Dutch Lions or Indy Eleven

Chicago Fire vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds or RWB Adria

Sporting Kansas City vs. Des Moines Menace or Minnesota United FC

Houston Dynamo vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers or Laredo Heat

FC Dallas vs. San Antonio Scorpions or NTX Rayados

Colorado Rapids vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies or Orlando City SC

LA Galaxy vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC or Arizona United SC

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sacramento Republic or Fresno Fuego

Chivas USA vs. Charlotte Eagles or Carolina Railhawks

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy II or PSA Elite

Real Salt Lake vs. Atlanta Silverbacks or Chattanooga FC

Portland Timbers vs. Charleston Battery or Orlando City U-23

 

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