We are getting closer and closer to Wednesday, September 20th as the New York Red Bulls are getting ready to face Sporting Kansas City in the US Open Cup Final after their league match against the Philadelphia Union.
This article discusses the Red Bulls facing clubs one time and one time only in the US Open Cup as there have been some wins and some losses in regulation, extra time and penalty round shootouts.
We have already mentioned two former local sides who haven’t survived after their first year of existence and then never surviving another year of play like the Staten Island Vipers, FC New York and of course a few from outside the NYC Tri-State Area.
But I remember this one side where Juan Carlos Osorio was very angry and upset when they lost to a side that was affiliated with English side Crystal Palace, as Crystal Palace Baltimore hosted the Red Bulls and it was over before it began in Round 3 of 2008.
Even though the Red Bulls were down a goal by Andrew Marshall in the 18th minute, they had some form of a reprieve when Ibrahim Kante was booked in the 30th and then sent off four minutes later.
But it went for not as Gary Brooks converted the second goal in the 75th minute to end this contest. The 2-1 Loss in Extra Time against FC Dallas at Columbia University in the 1997 Semi-Finals and of course facing the defunct Miami Fusion.
But there were some solid victories as well against sides they only faced once. The PDL side Reading United came to Red Bull Arena and while they tried to go on the break several times to try and surprise the home side, they were unsuccessful.
Ryan Meara wasn’t troubled at all as the PDL affiliate of the Philadelphia Union never showed any issues back in the third round of the 2013 edition.
Two goals within a span of eight minutes as Fabian Espindola opened the scoring in the 61st minute and then Lloyd Sam added a second in the 67th minute to advance into the fourth round and travel to New England and face the Revolution.
Or what about in the fourth round of 2015 in the three goal clean sheet spanking on the former NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks as they are now in the NPSL. Three goals to the good from Lloyd Sam, Ronald Zubar & Sean Davis earning his first professional goal.
Of course I did mention a while ago about the Metros taking down the Richmond Kickers back in 1997 as they were the last club back in 1995 to win the US Open Cup before MLS got underway in 1996.
Of course we can’t forget the first ever US Open Cup victory in the Hudson River Derby as the Red Bulls got a Daniel Royer goal late in the second half to advance into the fifth round.
There will be many things that can happen against an opponent that either you’ve never met, or met during league play to face in the US Open Cup, the magic of this tournament does show when upstarts want to trip up the big boys and make a run for themselves.