The fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is upon us, which means that MLS clubs are finally eligible to begin competing. And to nobody’s surprise, New York City FC drew a familiar foe in the New York Red Bulls.
The match between the two rival clubs is scheduled to take place at Red Bull Arena on either June 5 or 6, and will mark the second time the two clubs have faced each other in Open Cup competition. The two’s first Open Cup matchup occurred last year, in which the Red Bulls defeated the Bronx Blues 1-0 after the latter constantly missed chances and lost Maxi Moralez to injury in the first half.
NYCFC has struggled in the Open Cup since their inaugural and have yet to log a single win in the competition. 2015 and 2016 saw the Blues face off with the NASL’s New York Cosmos, in which they were defeated by the second division opponents both on penalties and in a 1-0 contest respectively.
But one can’t deny that the 2018 incarnation of NYCFC is the deepest we’ve ever seen. And with young American players like Jonathan Lewis and James Sands looking for opportunities to prove themselves and earn more minutes, one can expect an intense matchup in New Jersey. Should the Boys in Blue assert themselves, it isn’t a stretch to say that they can make a deep run this year in the quest for the club’s first trophy.