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Three things you should know before the Revolution face the Cosmos

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Hunter Freeman plays for the Cosmos and two more things you should know.

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The New England Revolution face the New York Cosmos (NASL) in the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup on Wednesday. Here are three things you should know before the 7:30 PM kickoff.

1. The Cosmos are one of two lower division teams still in the tournament. There are 16 teams left in the 2016 rendition of the Open Cup and only the Cosmos and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers represent division two soccer. This, of course, brings an extra source of motivation, as underdogs are always looking for upsets. That said, the Cosmos are a different type of underdog because they're ambitious enough to believe that their club is one of the best in North America. In a recent interview, head coach Giovanni Savarese told USSoccer.com, "We want to compete outside of the U.S. and this gives us a chance to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League." Goliath should always be wary of David.

2. The Cosmos finished second in the Spring season. Although tied with Indy Eleven with 18 points, the Cosmos were runners-up for the first half of the 2016 season. Led by Juan Arango (four goals) the Cosmos managed a record of 6-4-0. The historic club will return to league action on July 2 when they host Ottawa Fury FC. Since the NASL's rebirth in 2011, the Cosmos have captured the league's top prize on two occasions (2013 and 2015).

3. Former Revolution Re-Entry Draft pick Hunter Freeman plays for the Cosmos. In 2012, Freeman entered the Re-Entry Draft after having his option declined by the Colorado Rapids. The defender was selected in stage two by the Revolution but never signed, instead opting to join the Cosmos, an NASL expansion team. Freeman has since established himself as one of the league's best defenders, as Cosmos only allowed 12 goals during the 2013 Fall season and three goals in the 2014 Spring season, both league lows. More recently, Freeman was on the field when the Cosmos beat New York City FC for the second consecutive year. Freeman made a clutch second-half save when he cleared a Patrick Mullins ball off the line.