The tournament is supposed to be the American equivalent of England's FA Cup, and has been around for nearly a century, which is hard to believe given both domestic soccer's transient history and the obscurity of the tournament itself. It is theoretically, like the FA Cup, open to all teams at all levels. The winner earns the right to participate in the CONCACAF Champions League, which is supposed to be North America's equivalent to the UEFA Champions League.
New York's trade of Juan Agudelo looks like a risky proposition.
Agudelo is a tremendously talented forward who has has logged 15 appearances with the U.S. National Team by the age of 19. He is the finest player the team has ever developed, and is a New Jersey native beloved by the fans.