The dream came to an end on Wednesday night for the Brooklyn Italians as Lansdowne Bhoys took a 2-0 win at LIU Athletic Center to move on to the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Hansen is the first Brooklyn Italians player, and the first Danish player to be named Player of the Round. The award is voted on by TheCup.us staff and a select panel from the North American Soccer Reporters.
Despite only training together for a couple days before the match, the Italians were the ones with the winning strategy in the match and rode two second-half goals from Rasmus Hansen to end the Cosmos’ cup aspirations with a 3-2 win.
On the strength of two goals and an assist from Joe Holland, the Long Island Rough Riders defeated the Brooklyn Italians 3-1 to give the Riders their first tournament win since 2012.
The Cosmos will host MLS’s New York Red Bulls at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY on June 14. When asked about the upcoming game versus the Red Bulls, Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said that he thinks it will great for the sport of soccer.
The 4-2 road victory earned the Italians the right to face the NASL Soccer Bowl champions New York Cosmos in the third round.
US Open Cup first timers Icon FC is kept its dream alive after defeating the Brooklyn Italians 4-1 on the strength of a hat trick by Argjent Duka in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
TheCup.us has also confirmed that the NPSL is no long guaranteeing spots in the First Round of the 2013 US Open Cup to particular clubs or regions.
The Rochester Rhinos remain perfect against lower level clubs with their 10th victory over an amateur club in the completion, downing the Brooklyn Italians of the National Premier Soccer League at Sahlen’s Stadium, 3-0. They advance to a Third Round meeting with the Philadelphia Union.
The first US Open Cup Final was played in Brooklyn. But on Tuesday evening, the Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL were the first club to travel to Maine with GPS Portland Phoenix of the PDL being the first side to represent the state according to TheCup.us records. The trip was worth it as they returned to the Big Apple with a 3-2 victory.