(NYCFC’s Keaton Parks battling Aaron Guillen of North Carolina FC – USA Today Sports)
In the fourth round of the US Open Cup, New York City Football Club rolled to a 4-0 win over North Carolina FC on Wednesday night, while the Red Bulls lost to the New England Revolution, 3-2, in overtime, on Tuesday night.
NYCFC 4, North Carolina FC 0 (Wednesday night):
In a game played at Belson Stadium at St. John’s University, NYCFC took advantage of this matchup with North Carolina FC, which plays in the USL Championship league.
NYCFC got on the board in the 25th when North Carolina’s Aaron Guillen committed an own goal.
Just before the first half ended, in the 47th minute, NYCFC made it 2-0 on a goal from Jesus Medina on a feed from Tony Rocha.
NYCFC got a pair of goals from Keaton Parks in the second half, with one coming in the 52nd, which was assisted by Juan Pablo Torres, and another in the 76th, with Maxi Moralez notching the assist on that one.
NYCFC Head Coach Domenec Torrent said of the win, “I’m really happy, especially because it is not easy for the fans. It is important because we are stronger with them. I want to thank our supporters, it is not easy, because it is Wednesday 7pm. It is important for the club because they told me this is our first time moving onto the next round. I’m going to try to win the next game, if we’re lucky we’ll win the trophy.”
New England 3, Red Bulls 2 (overtime – Tuesday):
The Red Bulls used MSU Soccer Park, which is home to their USL team, for this US Open fourth round matchup against fellow MLS club, the New England Revolution.
New England opened the scoring in the first minute of the match as Juan Agudelo back-heeled to the far post to beat goalkeeper Ryan Meara.
The Red Bulls tied it in the 19th minute when Sean Davis lofted a pass over the New England defense for Tom Barlow to dribble into the 18-yard box and curl to the far post for his first-ever Open Cup goal.
In the second half, Omir Fernandez, from the top of the 18-yard box, set up Cristian Casseres, Jr., who launched his shot underneath the crossbar for the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute. This was also Casseres, Jr.’s first Open Cup goal.
Teal Bunbury evened the score up in the 85th minute as he snuck his shot past Meara to the far post.
In overtime, the 109th minute, Bunbury was at at it again as he stole a Red Bulls pass and sent a curling shot over the outreach of Meara for the eventual game winner.
Meara, who wore the captain’s armband since fellow goalie Luis Robles is the captain, started and played his 13th career Open Cup match.
Rece Buckmaster, who was recently signed to a short-term loan, made his first team debut and start.
The Red Bulls will return to MLS action when they host the Chicago Fire on Friday, June 28 for Pride Night at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.