If the New York Cosmos defeat the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday evening in New Jersey, they'll have to hit the road for the US Open Cup quarterfinals. This, after they have withdrawn from hosting a potential match against either the Philadelphia Union or DC United on Tuesday afternoon:
NEWS: @NYCosmos have withdrawn from hosting potential #USOC2015 Quarterfinal. Should they advance, @PhilaUnion / @DCUnited winner will host.— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) June 30, 2015
The winner of tomorrow's Gotham derby was scheduled to have a home match in the quarterfinal, and should the Cosmos lose, the Red Bulls would still have that honor. The Cosmos confirmed that the decision was due to stadium issues preventing them from hosting a match on the next cup date, however, one of the real pitfalls of not having a home of their own.
#NYCosmos spokesman on venue change for #USOC2015 quarterfinal: "Both Hofstra and MCU Park unfortunately have scheduling conflicts."— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) June 30, 2015
Yet again, we're seeing the downside of the club playing home matches at Hofstra, and still waiting impatiently for the state of New York to make a decision on their Belmont proposal. Hopefully, the club has already started serious work on another plan.