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Tickets on sale for U.S. Open Cup Final Sept. 20 in KCK

Single-game tickets are now on sale via for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, slated for Sept. 20 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Open Cup Final tickets are available to Sporting KC season ticket members as well as the public, with all season ticket members holding a right of first refusal for their seats until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. At that time, tickets that are not purchased by season ticket members will become available to the public.

Sporting Kansas City progressed to its third Open Cup final in six seasons with a riveting 5-4 penalty kick shootout win over the San Jose Earthquakes following a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.

Manager Peter Vermes’ men are seeking the club’s fourth Open Cup title, with previous victories coming in 2004, 2012 and 2015. Sporting KC is a perfect 3-0 in Open Cup finals, including a 2012 triumph over Seattle Sounders FC at Children’s Mercy Park, the only previous time the stadium has held the championship match of U.S. Soccer’s oldest national competition.

The 2017 final will see Sporting Kansas City play host to the winner of next Tuesday’s semifinal encounter between the New York Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League, set for 7 p.m. at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. The Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati are both looking to make their first-ever Open Cup championship appearances.

Sporting Kansas City is now in the midst of a 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions since the start of June, tying an all-time club record first set in 2012. The team is 9-0-6 this season at Children’s Mercy Park and will now look to become just the third MLS club to win four Open Cup trophies, joining Seattle Sounders FC and the Chicago Fire.

The 2017 Open Cup champion will receive $250,000 in prize money and a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.
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Sporting KC wins; to go on to final of U.S. Open Cup

Photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Sporting KC team captain Matt Besler sent a penalty kick into the left side of the goal to give his team an advantage in the sudden death phase of the penalty kick shootout. It turned out to be the winning kick. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Update: After extra time expired, Sporting KC won the match in a series of kicks. Sporting KC goes on to the finals of the U.S. Open Cup.

The score was tied 1-1, and the Sporting KC – San Jose match went into extra time tonight at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

The U.S. Open Cup semifinal match was still under way at 10 p.m., and still tied 1-1.

Sporting KC forward Diego Rubio scored in the 33rd minute to tie the game at 1 – 1. Sporting KC faced of against the San Jose Earthquakes on the semi-final of the U.S. Open Cup. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Latif Blessing’s shot was blocked by a diving stop by the San Jose goalkeeper. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC forward Diego Rubio launched a shot on goal in the second half. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Diego Rubio laid the ball off to fellow forward Latif Blessing on an attacking run in the second half. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Forward Diego Rubio went to the ground in the penalty area, but did not get a foul call in overtime. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia dove to his right to save a San Jose penalty kick and give Kansas City the victory. Melia saved 2 of 6 kicks in the shootout. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

These Sporting KC fans from the Piper Soccer Club were thrilled with the victory. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


San Jose to visit Wednesday in U.S. Open Cup semifinal in KCK

A sparkling semifinal showdown awaits Wednesday in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when Sporting Kansas City plays host to the San Jose Earthquakes at Children’s Mercy Park.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. with a live stream at and local radio broadcasts airing on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish).

Tickets are on sale at as a pair of Western Conference rivals look to punch their ticket to the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Sept. 20.

Sporting Kansas City and San Jose have rolled to the Open Cup semifinals on the back of three straight victories in earlier rounds of U.S. Soccer’s oldest national competition, now in its 104th edition.

Both sides have their eyes firmly on the sizable prize given to the 2017 champion – $250,000 in prize money and a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.

Wednesday’s hosts have steamrolled through the tournament field thus far, outscoring opponents 9-0 in pursuit of the club’s fourth Open Cup title.

Manager Peter Vermes’ men began their quest with a 4-0 dismantling of Minnesota United FC on June 14 before prevailing 2-0 at the Houston Dynamo a fortnight later.

Sporting Kansas City then pulled off a remarkable 3-0 extra-time win over FC Dallas in the quarterfinals on July 11, playing a man down for most of regulation just two days after the passing of co-owner Neal Patterson.

Goalkeeper Tim Melia has orchestrated a three-game Open Cup shutout streak with hopes that Sporting KC can become just the second team in the modern era (1995-present) to hoist the trophy without conceding a goal.

On the opposite end of the field, the three-time Open Cup champions have adopted a scoring-by-committee approach. Latif Blessing, Gerso, Ike Opara and Daniel Salloi have each scored twice in the 2017 tournament.

The Earthquakes are braced to leave the friendly confines of Avaya Stadium for the first time during their Open Cup run, having rattled off home wins against the San Francisco Deltas (2-0), Seattle Sounders FC (2-1) and the LA Galaxy (3-2).

San Jose’s mettle was tested in the quarterfinal round on July 10 when head coach Chris Leitch’s team fell behind in the third minute to LA before rallying with three unanswered goals, including a brace from prolific striker Chris Wondolowski.

San Jose has already equaled its best-ever finish in the Open Cup. The Earthquakes are making their first semifinal appearance since 2004, when the club coincidentally suffered a 1-0 defeat to Kansas City. That matchup serves as the only previous Open Cup meeting between the MLS charter members, coming a month prior to Kansas City lifting the trophy at Arrowhead Stadium with a 1-0 triumph against the Chicago Fire.

Sporting Kansas City will be just three days removed from a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United FC at Children’s Mercy Park. Benny Feilhaber buried a 59th-minute penalty kick for his third goal in as many games before Atlanta forward Jacob Peterson scored in the 91st minute to deny his former club all three points.

Despite the frustrating nature of Sunday’s result, Sporting Kansas City preserved its unbeaten home record in 2017, which currently stands at 9-0-5 across all competitions. The Western Conference leaders are also unbeaten in 12 games overall (6-0-6) since the start of June, one shy of tying the club record set in 2012.

Entering Wednesday on the heels of consecutive home wins in league play, San Jose currently occupies the sixth and final playoff spot in the West. The Quakes emerged 2-1 winners on Saturday at the expense of Columbus Crew SC, with Marco Urena late in the first half and Wondolowski netting his team-best ninth MLS goal in the 56th minute.

Wednesday marks the third meeting between the sides this season. Sporting Kansas City claimed a 2-1 home win on March 18, receiving a long-range blast from Benny Feilhaber and an own goal from David Bingham. The return trip to Avaya Stadium saw San Jose muster just five shot attempts, their fewest in an MLS home game in the club’s 20-year history.

Statistical trends paint a positive picture for Sporting KC ahead of the semifinal clash. Vermes’ men have won six straight Open Cup home games, while San Jose has never defeated an MLS opponent in the Open Cup proper on the road (0-5-1 excluding Open Cup qualifiers). In addition, Sporting KC has won 12 of its last 13 home meetings against the Earthquakes (all competitions) dating back to their first Open Cup matchup in August 2004.

Wednesday’s winner will advance to the 2017 Open Cup Final against either the New York Red Bulls or FC Cincinnati of the USL. That semifinal match will kick off next Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

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