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New York Cosmos to host Jersey Express in US Open Cup opener

Carolina RailHawks

On Wednesday evening, the New York Cosmos learned their first opponent for the 2015 US Open Cup. Jersey Express SC defeated New York Red Bulls II by a 1-0 scoreline to advance to the third round of the tournament, where they'll be facing the North American Soccer League leaders.

Following the draw last Thursday, this matchup was scheduled to be played in Newark, but there has since been a change of venue. The match will now be hosted by the Cosmos at St. John's University's Belson Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 pm ET on Wednesday, May 27. Tickets for the match going on sale Thursday morning at 10 am ET.

While this matchup would appear to be a fairly favorable one for the Cosmos, I'd still expect to see them run out a near full strength squad to assure they advance to the fourth round. That potential fourth round opponent will be known after the draw later on Thursday.