The New York Cosmos had it, the New York Red Bulls did not. Not using this is an excuse, because the Cosmos could have beaten the Red Bulls if they had cared. If the Red Bulls' players (as a whole) had actually shown some heart, this loss wouldn't be so bad.
History Repeats Itself
The Red Bulls have a history of being bounced out of the Open Cup by lower level sides.
- 1999 Staten Island Vipers (A-League)
- 2004 Charleston Battery (A-League)
- 2005 Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)
- 2008 Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2)
- 2010 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro)
- 2012 Harrisburg City Islandrs (USL Pro)
The loss to the Cosmos is now the seventh time they've been bounced by a lower league side.
Mike Petke Cares
It's obvious that Petke read our own Austin Fido's article, asking the team not to tank the Open Cup. He sent out a team that had 9 of 11 starters from the 2-0 win over the New England Revolution. It's too bad the players didn't pick up on that.
Bonus: Opponent Doesn't Matter
I've seen people on twitter say this game doesn't matter, whether it's the opponent or the competition. While I understand their viewpoints, it doesn't matter to me. I don't care the opponent or competition, I just want the players to actually try.