New York Cosmos (NASL) 2, Jersey Express (PDL) 0
New York Cosmos got the ball rolling in the 35th minute after Ayoze Garcia Perez scored off a 20-yard free kick. In the second half, the Cosmos upped its lead after Hunter Freeman crossed a perfect ball for Yohandry Orozco to put away in the 72nd minute as the NASL side eased to a 2-0 victory. The Cosmos will visit New York City FC at Fordham University in the Fourth Round on June 15.
Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, N.Y.
Jersey Express Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Third appearance (Third Round: 2015-2016)
New York Cosmos Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Third appearance (Round of 16: 2014-2015)
- The game is a rematch of when the two teams met at this stage in 2015. The Cosmos used goals from Leo Fernandes, Sabstian Guenzatti and Mads Stokkelien to defeat the PDL side 3-0 in Third Round play.
- The Cosmos would go on to defeat New York City FC 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 draw in the Fourth Round, before falling 4-1 to the New York Red Bulls in the Round of 16.
- Ansger Otto scored the lone goal in Jersey Express’ 1-0 Second Round victory against New York Pancyprian Freedoms on May 18, before using a pair of penalty kicks to defeat Clarkstown SC Eagles 2-1 in First Round play on May 11.
- Making their third-straight appearance in the tournament, Jersey Express qualified via an At-Large berth after finishing 8-3-3 in the PDL last season.
- Jersey Express enters the match 1-1-0 (3 pts.) on the new PDL season, while the Cosmos sit on top of the NASL’s Spring Season table with a 6-3-0 record (18 pts.)
- The winner will play at New York City FC on June 15.