Hartford Athletic makes its debut in the U.S. Open Cup tomorrow night! Here's what you need to know:
HARTFORD ATHLETIC vs NEW YORK COSMOS B
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium, West Hartford, CT
Tickets: Click here
Local TV: None
WHERE TO WATCH:
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City Steam Brewery and Cafe, 942 Main St., Hartford
2nd Bridge Brewing Co., 642 Hilliard St., Manchester
Lakeview Restaurant & Bar, 50 Lake St., Coventry
LAST TIME OUT:
Hartford Athletic fell to Memphis 901 FC after a tough battle ending in a 2-1 loss on Friday night. Memphis 901 FC started off the scoring in the 24th minute with a goal from Duane Muckette. Muckette came through the center of the box for a quick pass from Abdi Mohamed to tap it in for the goal.
Hartford was quick to answer in the 31st minute with a textbook give and go. Raymond Lee fed Alex Dixon only to get it right back and drill one into the back of the net to bring it all level.
The score would remain tied heading into the half. In the 70th minute Memphis’ Elliot Collier attempted a header on a cross that was saved by Lissek but with the goalkeeper on the ground, Collier tapped it in on the rebound. The 2-1 score would hold out through the end of the match despite a late flurry of chances for the Athletic.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Hartford Athletic - Jacob Lissek, GK
Lissek has started 7 games for Hartford Athletic this season and has made 31 saves, tied for second best in the USL Championship. Cosmos B bring in a high-powered offense and Lissek will have to continue to be a standout on the goal line for Athletic.
New York Cosmos B - Junior Burgos, MF
Burgos made his league debut for the Cosmos on Saturday night and scored twice on free kicks, both from over 25 yards out. Burgos can add some extra offense to an already potent Cosmos attack.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT:
New York Cosmos B enters the match with a record of 4-0. Cosmos advanced through the first round of the Open Cup with a 2-1 win over Black Rock FC. Bledi Bardic headed in a beautiful cross at the final whistle to advance Cosmos into the Second Round. The Cosmos come into the match undefated in league play, defeating Boston City FC 5-0 over the weekend.
WINNER MOVES ON:
The winner of tonight's match will advance to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. They'll take on the winner of the Memphis 901 FC-New York Red Bulls U-23 match on May 29th.
Updates on the match will be provided via Twitter at @hfdathletic or by following #HFDvCOS