Following their impressive victory last weekend in Boston, New York Cosmos B turn their attention to the US Open Cup ahead of this weekend’s play-in match.
Coming off of a four goal win, confidence is very high amongst Cosmos B as they hope to continue this form going forward.
“Everyone’s confidence is really high right now,” Cosmos B captain Danny Szetela said. “Everyone has been playing well, working hard in training. When you get the first win on the road, especially the way that we did it, everyone’s confidence is going to be high.”
What will be interesting is how head coach Carlos Mendes approaches this tournament. Since the National Premier Soccer League regular season is just ten games, its important for the team to be in their best shape ahead of every league game.
Whether or not we will see veteran players Chris Wingert and Danny Szetela on the pitch this weekend will show the team’s ambition in the US Open Cup.
“We want to do well in this tournament,” said Cosmos B Head Coach Carlos Mendes. “We realize they’re going to be organized, a difficult team to play against. It will be a good matchup and we need to be ready to play. I’m excited for it.”
Although Cosmos B are technically the away team for this matchup, they’re certainly not far away from home. Being matched up against the Brooklyn Italians, Mendes’ men are used to the atmosphere in New York and will likely feel at home with the team’s strong support in the stands.
Last season, the Brooklyn Italians had their way with Cosmos B, not only finishing two spots ahead of them, but beating them twice. This won’t be the last time Mendes and his squad will see the Italians this campaign as they host their opposition on the 15th at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The New York Cosmos senior team have found success in the tournament recently, beating MLS side New York City FC back to back years. After crashing out against Reading United in the 2017 edition of the US Open Cup, Cosmos B have a bit more pressure to get a result on Sunday.
“It was disappointing,” Szetela said. “We were a professional team and unfortunately we went down early in the game. We were winning. and we couldn’t get the win to move onto the next round.”
Player to Watch:
In the New York Cosmos B season opener last weekend, forward Darwin Espinal shined amongst the rest on the field. Espinal found the back of the net twice in the 4-0 victory, earning the title of NPSL National Player of the Week.
“I’m happy to receive this award, but I could not have done it without my teammates,” said Espinal. Head Coach Carlos Mendes added, “Well-deserved and we hope for even more performances like this from him this season.”
You can catch this matchup Sunday, May 6th at 8pm at LIU Brooklyn Athletic Facility.