The two teams have never met in the US Open Cup, but they have played each other 20 times over the years. New England hold the edge with nine wins to NYCFC’s eight, but New York City won their most important matchup to date when they beat the Revolution on penalty kicks in the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.
NYCFC advanced in the US Open Cup after defeating Rochester NY FC by the score of 3-1 last night with a heavily-rotated team that featured players from the Senior Team starters and from NYCFC II. New England beat Cincinnati FC 5-1 last night as well.
NYCFC were placed in the Northeast Draw Group with Charlotte FC, New England Revolution, and New Jersey Red Bulls.
This will be the first time that NYCFC played in the Round of 16 in the US Open Cup since 2019, when the tournament was last held. NYCFC won that game, traveling to Washington DC and coming from behind to defeat Wayne Rooney’s DC United by the score of 2-1. They went on to lose to Orlando City SC on penalty kicks in the Quarterfinals.
That was the first year that NYCFC took the tournament seriously, and fielded teams capable of winning games. Prior to 2019, NYCFC treated the tournament like an exhibition, and were winless in four years.
Manager Ronny Deila seems to want to advance in US Open Cup this year, and will be playing to win.
A final note: The US Open Cup made the ill-advised decision to broadcast the draw live o’s Futbol Americas show—and make viewers watch almost one hour of soccer news that had nothing to do with the US Open Cup, never mind the draw. The excruciatingly drawn-out process did an outstanding job of alienating fans devoted enough to tune in. Well done.