New York Red Bulls: 4 consequences of US Open Cup exit

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RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES – 2018/06/13: Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) of Red Bulls kicks ball during regular MLS game against Seattle Sounders at Red Bull Arena. Red Bulls won 2 -1. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Union beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 in the Round of 16 of the US Open Cup But with New York’s objectives in mind, they lost much more than a game. Here are four consequences from their US Open Cup exit.

It was a disappointing loss for the New York Red Bulls. After reaching the final last year, Jesse Marsch’s squad would have been hoping to challenge for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup again this year. The Philadelphia Union had other ideas.

The Union hung on to a two-goal lead to squeeze past the Red Bulls, 2-1, who nearly staged an unlikely comeback once they brought on the big guns, including Bradley Wright-Phillips, in the second half. The loss sees New York dumped out of the tournament.

Here are four consequences from the disappointing US Open Cup exit.

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KANSAS CITY, KS – SEPTEMBER 20: Jimmy Conrad carries the US Open Cup to the field prior to the match between Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls at Children’s Mercy Park on September 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/New York Red Bulls via Getty Images)

4. No silverware

With the 2-1 loss to the Union, the Red Bulls exited the second tournament of the season. The Red Bulls’ first missed opportunity at silverware passed by when they lost 1-0 on aggregate in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League to eventual champions, Chivas Guadalajara. This is their second missed opportunity.

What is most frustrating about these exits is how winnable both tournaments were.

The MetroStars/Red Bulls never won the US Open Cup, despite being one of MLS’ original clubs. Aside from two regular-season Supporters Shield trophies, the Red Bulls continue to fail in knockout competitions. This is another example. A trophyless season looms, which would be very disappointing indeed.

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