Sporting Kansas City will compete in Wednesday’s showdown U.S. Open Cup final at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Sporting KC takes on the New York Red Bulls for the title match at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In regular season action, Sporting KC won 3-1 over the New England Revolution on Sunday to move within a point of first place in the Western Conference.
Sporting KC has won three previous Open Cup titles in 2004, 2012 and 2015.
The Lamar Hunt Open Cup match on Wednesday will air live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish). The Sporting KC Uphoria app will provide additional live updates, and The Final Whistle postgame show will air immediately after the match on 810 WHB.
The winner of Wednesday’s Open Cup Final will receive $250,000 in prize money and a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.
Sporting KC is seeking the club’s fourth Open Cup title, which would tie the record for most Open Cup championships among MLS teams.
The Red Bulls are still seeking their first championship in a knockout competition. The team came closest in 2003 and 2008, suffering defeat in the Open Cup Final and MLS Cup.
Both sides enter Wednesday with multiple names on the injury report. Sporting KC’s Soni Mustivar is out with a pulled hamstring, while forward Daniel Salloi – who has scored twice in this year’s Open Cup run – is questionable with a hip ailment.
The biggest question mark for New York is midfielder Daniel Royer, who has missed seven straight games in all competitions with a knee injury. July’s MLS Player of the Month has trained in full this week, and Marsch will likely make a decision today on whether to select the Austrian to his 18-man squad. Former Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin, meanwhile, is doubtful to feature as he continues to recover from plantar fasciitis.
After facing New York, Sporting KC will continue its MLS regular season campaign Sunday against the LA Galaxy (7-15-6, 27 points) at Children’s Mercy Park. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City Plus, FOX Sports Midwest Plus, ESPN 99.3 FM (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish).
– Information from Sporting KC