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Red Bulls get ready for NYCFC in the US Open Cup Quarterfinals

photo by Matt Kremkau

We are at the game of the season when you face your local rivals within the New York City tri-state area. The opportunity to get bragging rights to who rules the soccer talk in the world's most famous city. Yet it will be even better when you face them in a single-elimination cup competition when these two sides face each other in the US Open Cup.

These two sides have played in two consecutive 4th-round matches as the Red Bulls prevailed. A one-goal victory with a Danny Royer winner in 2017 & the four-nil destruction after defeating the same team in a league match back in 2018. This time around for both teams, the stakes are a lot more complicated as these two teams will face each other in the Quarterfinals for the first time.

The Red Bulls had that magical run in 2017, reaching the final as they faced three consecutive MLS sides within the same week in league play and US Open Cup play. They played NYCFC, Philadelphia Union & New England Revolution twice. The Semi-Finals had FC Cincinnati as a member of the USL as the only lower-division opponent to come back from a two-goal deficit and win it in extra time. They lost in the final at Sporting Kansas City.

What we hoped would be another magical start in the 2018 US Open Cup, with four-goal destruction on NYCFC in league play and following it up with the same scoreline in the US Open Cup, but losing to the Union in the 5th round down in Subaru Park. This time there shouldn't be a lot of changes as both teams will put all of their starters against each other, with the one exception in net for the Red Bulls.

Ryan Meara has been Mr. Open Cup for the last several years, and he is the man to keep the ball out of the net and led the charge in the 2017 edition. Once in a while, you saw Luis Robles play goal in 2018, and Carlos Coronel played in the 5th round match against Charlotte FC in this season's tournament.

There is a belief that the winner of this Quarterfinal clash will be the one to advance into the Championship Final but must face either Nashville SC or Orlando City in the Semi-Finals, and the draw on who will host the game. But before we can get to that moment, the hope is that the New York Red Bulls can have had a strong season, continues to add the victories at home and march to earn their first US Open Cup in their history and make the final for the third time. 

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