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Sporting KC takes on New York in Open Cup final Wednesday in KCK

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

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Sporting KC takes on New England on Saturday night in KCK

Sporting Kansas City (10-6-11, 41 points) moved within three points of first place in the Western Conference following a 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew SC on Sunday. Manager Peter Vermes’ men will now return home to kick off a four-game homestand that begins Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the New England Revolution (10-12-5, 35 points) in Kansas City, Kansas.

FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest will televise three hours of live coverage at Children’s Mercy Park beginning at 7 p.m., while local radio calls will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish). In addition, The Final Whistle postgame show will air immediately after the match on 810 WHB.

Tickets for Saturday’s interconference clash are available at SeatGeek.com, and the first 5,000 fans through the stadium gates will receive a free Sporting KC wall decal.

Sporting Kansas City is currently riding a club-record 22-game home unbeaten streak in the MLS regular season, tied for the fourth longest run in MLS history.

All remaining tickets for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final between Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls are on sale to the public at SeatGeek.com. Serving as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, the Open Cup Final is slated for 8 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 20, at world-class Children’s Mercy Park. The highly anticipated showdown will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

In addition, single-game tickets for all Sporting KC regular season home matches in 2017 are on sale to the public at SeatGeek.com, while away ticket requests are open for games at Minnesota United FC on Oct. 7 and Real Salt Lake on Oct. 22. Visit SportingKC.com/awaytickets for easy navigation, and call 888-4KC-GOAL for more ticket information.

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Sporting KC ties 1-1 with Columbus on the road

Sporting Kansas City battled to a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon.

Cristian Lobato gave Sporting KC the lead midway through the first half with his first goal for the club before Crew SC’s leading scorer, Ola Kamara, headed home the equalizer in first-half stoppage time as the two sides settled for a point apiece.

Sporting KC (10-6-11, 41 pts.) moved into a tie for third in the Western Conference alongside Vancouver Whitecaps FC, while Columbus (13-12-4, 43 pts.) remains in fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Sporting KC returns home for another inter-conference matchup next Saturday, Sept. 16, against the New England Revolution at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Sporting KC started the match on the front foot with creative midfielder Benny Feilhaber playing a clever free kick to Graham Zusi on the edge of the area, but his low shot dribbled wide of the target five minutes in.

Sporting KC took the lead in the 19th minute when Matt Besler showed fantastic awareness to take a quick free kick and send Cristian Lobato through on goal.

Columbus defender Jonathan Mensah made a hash of his clearance, allowing Lobato to escape in behind and finish low beyond Zack Steffen.

In the 25th minute, Justin Meram earned a dubious free kick under pressure from Graham Zusi, and Columbus Designated Player Pedro Santos struck his attempt well but it zipped narrowly over the bar.

Moments later, Melia was called into action to tip Federico Higuain’s powerful 20-yard drive around the post.

Steffen almost gave Sporting KC a glorious opportunity to add a second goal in the 31st minute when his pass out of the back was intercepted by Roger Espinoza which resulted in a chance for Diego Rubio whose shot was blocked inside the area.

Soon after, Zusi cut a ball back for Feilhaber on the edge of the area, but his shot again went off target.

Feilhaber had another shooting opportunity in the 41st minute but side-footed a stinging effort a yard wide of the goal from 18 yards out.

Crew SC responded at the other end with Hector Jimenez dragging a well-struck half-volley just past Melia’s right-hand post.

Columbus pulled level in first-half stoppage time when Pedro Santos curled in a corner kick that Kamara met at the near post to thunder a header beyond Melia and make the halftime score 1-1 with his 15th goal of the season.

Sporting KC began the second half with a sustained spell of possession that resulted in Espinoza striking a powerful shot wide from 25 yards out.

Seconds later, Espinoza plowed through the Columbus defense and chipped a ball back to Feilhaber who could only bounce a volley wide of the target.

Melia came to Sporting KC’s rescue in the 55th minute when Meram dribbled beyond Ike Opara and the ball squirmed out to Kamara six yards out, but Melia showed incredible instincts to block what looked like a certain go-ahead goal for the hosts.

Higuain picked out Kamara behind the Sporting KC backline in the 62ndminute, but the usually clinical forward scuffed his attempt well wide of goal.

Two minutes later, Ilie strode forward from midfield and blasted a shot on frame that forced Steffen to sprawl to his left and tip it away.

Homegrown striker Daniel Salloi almost gave his side the lead in the 65thminute when he was found inside the area and turned sharply away from his man, but his low effort was straight into the arms of Steffen.

In the 74th minute, Ilie curled a free kick from deep that was flicked away for a corner by the Crew SC defense with Opara poised to finish.

Melia once again kept Sporting KC level as Meram fed Higuain into the area with only the 31-year-old goalkeeper to beat, but Melia stuck out a strong left leg to block the Argentinian’s low shot in the 80th minute.

Sporting KC had one final opportunity to steal all three points in the 85th minute when Feilhaber caused a turnover in midfield.

The ball dropped to Espinoza, who in turn fed Salloi into the area but the Hungarian’s placed finish flashed a yard wide of goal as neither side was able to find a winning goal.

– Story from Sporting KC

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