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Sporting Kansas City will put a six-game home winning streak on the line when the team is host to FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The match is part of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. A limited number of tickets for the Round of 16 match-up is available on and match tickets and parking are included in Sporting Kansas City season ticket packages as Special Game A.

For those not in attendance, will provide a live stream and in-game updates can be found by following @SKCGameday on Twitter.

The winner of Wednesday’s match will secure a berth in the quarterfinals on July 21-22 to face tonight’s victor between the Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids.

Sporting Kansas City last reached the quarterfinal round in 2012 and has suffered home losses in the Round of 16 each of the past two years, while FC Dallas are aiming to advance into the final eight for a third straight season.

Both teams are past champions in the competition, making tomorrow’s encounter the only match-up of the round to feature two teams with their name on the Dewar Challenge Trophy. Sporting KC is a two-time trophy holder (2004, 2012) while FC Dallas was the tournament’s top team in 1997.

Sporting Kansas City began this year’s U.S. Open Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over St. Louis FC (USL) earlier this month at Sporting Park.

Graham Zusi provided the game’s only goal, however the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder is now one of two players currently on international duty along with Marcel de Jong (Canada).

FC Dallas eliminated OKC Energy FC — the USL affiliate of Sporting Kansas City — in the previous round with a 4-1 victory courtesy of braces from Michael Barrios and David Texeira, two of seven international players on the club’s roster. Manager Oscar Pareja will be without three players on Wednesday due to national team call-ups as Blas Perez (Panama), Tesho Akindele (Canada) and Kyle Bekker (Canada) are among six FC Dallas players named to Gold Cup rosters.

Wednesday’s meeting is the third of 2015 between the Western Conference sides and comes after each earned multi-goal home victories in the series. FC Dallas handed Sporting KC the team’s first loss by a 3-1 score at Toyota Stadium in Week 2 (March 14), while Sporting KC responded with a 4-0 victory over FC Dallas at Sporting Park in Week 13 (May 29).

The two teams have been drawn together only once in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup history. In 2004, KC prevailed 4-0 in the quarterfinals en route to the team’s first U.S. Open Cup championship.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been held annually since 1914 and is open to all amateur/professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer.

The 2015 edition is headlined by the largest field in the modern era (1995-present) with 89 teams in contention when the first round began. This year’s winner will earn a $250,000 grand prize and will qualify for the 2016-2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

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Sporting Kansas City will continue its 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday when the team is host to FC Dallas in a Round of 16 match-up at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

A limited number of tickets are available via and the match is included as Special Game A in season ticket packages. will provide a live stream of the mid-week match and in-game updates can be found by following @SKCGameday on Twitter. Wednesday’s winner will advance to play the victor between the Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids in the tournament quarterfinals on July 21-22.

U.S. Women’s watch party tonight

KC Live! in the Kansas City Power and Light District will be the host of a free watch party – in partnership with WIN for KC, Sporting KC and FC Kansas City — for fans of all ages as the U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Germany at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The top two teams in the FIFA women’s rankings will meet at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada, with a berth in World Cup final on the line. Kansas City was the highest-rated local market in the country for the United States’ 1-0 win over China on Friday, which was watched by a network-record 5.7 million viewers on FOX.

U.S. Men’s soccer action

The U.S. Men’s National Team will also be in action this week as they face Guatemala at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Sporting Kansas City midfielderGraham Zusi is one of 23 players on Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster for the international friendly, which comes four days before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Friday is also the final day of fan voting for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Ballots can be cast online at or via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram until 2 p.m. on Friday. Eight Sporting KC players are eligible with Matt Besler currently leading all defenders in the All-Star vote, while Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber hold the final two midfield positions.

Sporting Kansas City stretched the club’s undefeated streak at Sporting Park to nine MLS games, matching the longest home unbeaten start to a regular season in team history, with a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in front of the 62nd consecutive sold out crowd.

Krisztian Nemeth scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season as Chance Myers marked his MLS return with a game-winning assist and Benny Feilhaber extended his single-season career high with his ninth assist of the year.

Defensively, Sporting KC earned its eighth clean sheet in 16 matches – most among all MLS teams – and Tim Melia lowered his MLS-leading goals against average to 0.63.

With Saturday’s win, the 250th regular season victory in club history, Sporting KC stretched the team’s unbeaten streak against Colorado to 11 MLS matches (6-0-5) under Peter Vermes dating back to 2009 and 15 straight in the series at home (11-0-4) since 2002.

Myers, who ruptured his Achilles tendon on May 23, 2014, made his first MLS appearance on Saturday since suffering the injury and nearly opened the scoring just five minutes into the match. Feilhaber’s corner kick connected with Myers at the top of the six-yard box but the right-footed volley carried over the crossbar.

It was Myers who played the pivotal pass to set up Nemeth for the game’s opening goal in the 32nd minute with a early cross from the right flank. Nemeth struck a first-time shot with pace from the top of the penalty area to beat Clint Irwin and in doing so, entered the MLS record books as only the second player in league history to score goals on each of his first seven shots on target.

Feilhaber also collected an assist with the penultimate pass in the scoring sequence and now has a goal or an assist in each of the club’s past four MLS matches. The MLS All-Star nominee was again instrumental in the 64th minute when Sporting Kansas City doubled their lead through a Sam Cronin own goal.

Colorado defender Jared Watts conceded a corner under pressure from Roger Espinoza and Feilhaber took care of the rest, playing the set piece short before whipping a dangerous delivery into the box that ended up in the back of the net when it deflected off Cronin at the near post. The rare own goal – the first in Sporting KC’s favor since April 2014 – would send the Rapids to their second 2-0 road loss in a span of four days and a fourth straight scoreless performance away from home.

Melia made two saves on the night with the first needed in the 14th minute. After venturing to the edge of the 18-yard box to punch away a Cronin free kick, Melia raced back to his line to turn away Marcelo Sarvas’ chip attempt in athletic fashion. The second came in the 42nd minute, diving low to his right to hold onto Luis Solignac’s shot from close range.

Sporting Kansas City moves into fourth place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of FC Dallas. The two teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16. A limited number of tickets are available via or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
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