U.S. Open Cup

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC add another trophy with another strong team performance

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Superstars have never reigned supreme at Sporting Kansas City.

Manager Peter Vermes has instituted a culture based off four core values that has set the club up for success, with Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup victory being the team's fourth trophy in six years.

The establishment of a winning culture is why Matt Besler signed a long-term deal to stay in Kansas City, why Graham Zusi trusted the move to right back and why a young corps of attackers shined bright and filled a void let by Dom Dwyer that was supposed to be too big to fill according to some.

Sporting KC tops Earthquakes in penalty kicks to advance to U.S. Open Cup final

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Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal went all the way to penalty kicks but, when all was said and done, Sporting KC booked a spot in the tournament finale.

Sporting Kansas City reached the final of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup after winning penalty shootout over the San Jose Earthquakes.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: Red hot SKC hosts Earthquakes in first semifinal

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The U.S. Open Cup semifinals kick off on Wednesday as San Jose Earthquakes head to Children's Mercy Park to face the 2015 winners, Sporting Kansas City.

These two have met twice in MLS play thus far this season. Sporting KC scored a 2-1 win at home back on March 18 and they played out a scoreless draw in San Jose on June 18.

Sporting KC's Opara diagnosed with severe concussion after scary kick to head

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Stop me if you've heard this before. Ike Opara, on the cusp of a season that would cement him as one of the best defenders in MLS, will miss extended time due to an unfortunate injury.

In a very scary moment, the Sporting Kansas City defender went to head a ball away from FC Dallas' Maxi Urruti, whose attempted bicycle kick caught Opara square in the face.

Sporting KC advances to U.S. Open Cup semis after wild extra-time finish

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Though Sporting KC went a man down in the 13th minute of Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, it was the shorthanded team thatemerged not only winner, but a man up after extra time.

Sporting KC knocked off defending U.S. Open Cup champions FC Dallas by grinding out a physical affair and winning 3-0 after 120 minutes at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

With blowout win, Vermes reaffirms Open Cup is a priority for Sporting KC

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Several managers of front-running MLS teams like Sporting Kansas City might have looked to rotate the squad during this week's midweek US Open Cup slate, especially with a West Coast road trip looming.

Not Peter Vermes. A 4-0 U.S. Open Cup win over Minnesota United FC on Wednesday at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, reaffirmed his team's priority of the competition.

New York Red Bulls

Highlights: Sporting KC 2, New York Red Bulls 1

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After yet another heartbreaking defeat, Red Bulls turn focus towards MLS playoffs

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Wednesday night could have been different for the New York Red Bulls, but instead, it became yet another chapter of heartbreak for a club that's experienced plenty of it throughout its history.

The Red Bulls squandered another chance at a major trophy on Wednesday night as they fell 2-1 to Sporting KC.

Sporting KC tops Red Bulls to win U.S. Open Cup

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Sporting KC has made a habit of winning trophies in recent years, and they added another to their collection on Wednesday at the expense of the New York Red Bulls.

Goals from Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi in either half were enough for Sporting KC, who lifted a fourth U.S. Open Cup crown at Children's Mercy Park via a 2-1 win over the visiting Red Bulls.

U.S. Open Cup Final preview: Red Bulls, Sporting KC find different meanings in chance at trophy

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May 3, 2017; Kansas City, KS, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) dribbles the ball against Sporting KC forward Graham Zusi (8) in the second half at Children's Mercy Park. Sporting KC won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls have experienced very different levels of success throughout their history.

Meara on the verge of history with Red Bulls

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Ryan Meara's start in the U.S. Open Cup final for the New York Red Bulls brings great joy to a player who has seemingly been a victim of circumstance throughout his career.

With regular starter Luis Robles available, some viewed the selection as controversial. As Jesse Marsch lamented, it was not an easy choice.

U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Preview: FC Cincinnati looks to continue Cinderella run against Red Bulls

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FC Cincinnati has had a Cinderella run for the ages, bringing the USL club to the precipice of a U.S. Open Cup final. To get there, though, they'll have to go through a perennial MLS heavy-hitter that's still looking for the club's first ever tournament crown.

Wright-Phillips dagger sends Red Bulls to U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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The New York Red Bulls advanced to the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2003, while winning back-to-back games in New England against the Revolution for the first time ever.

The Red Bulls left it late once again, scoring the winner in the 87th minute.

Red Bulls ride Royer's hot hand over rivals

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The New York Red Bulls have not defeated MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup since 2003. The significance of the Red Bull victory over New York City FC Wednesday night cannot be understated, nor can the man who felled their blue rival.

In his second season with the club, Daniel Royer is becoming a desperately needed complimentary piece of the Red Bull's offensive puzzle.

Despite loss, Vieira enjoys challenge against Red Bulls

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New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira enjoys the day-to-day grind and process of this project that is NYCFC. Despite the recent reports of overseas clubs wanting the former Arsenal and French legend, he's all about building this club, through the good days and the bad.

Adams gains praise in return to New York Red Bulls

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Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup game did not just mark progression to the next round at the expense of rival New York City FC for the New York Red Bulls. The match also saw the return of Tyler Adams, fresh off an impressive run at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea where the U.

Marsch suspended for U.S. Open Cup match against NYCFC

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After the Red Bulls completed their penultimate training session before Wednesday's clash with New York City FC in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, head coach Jesse Marsch was anticipating the first of four matches in a 10-week period with their cross-river rivals.

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GPS Omens Among Local USOC Qualifying Entrants

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Giant-slaying GPS Omens is among nine amateur clubs from New England vying for a spot in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup tournament after U.S. Soccer announced the entrants for Open Division Local Qualifying, which kicks off next month.

Joining Omens in the New England nine are Massachusetts-based Mass United (ASL), Kendall Wanderers (BSSL), Southie FC (BSSL), Unations (BSSL), Safira FC (New England Over the Hill Soccer League), Boston Siege FC (UPSL) and Lynn United (UPSL).

Revs Eliminated from Open Cup

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A late Bradley Wright-Phillips goal eliminated the Revolution from the U.S. Open Cup tournament after the Red Bulls beat the locals 1-0 in Thursday's quarterfinal clash at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.

Wright-Phillips scored in the 87th minute when a grabbed a short pass from Felipe inside the box and tucked it into the Revolution net.

Subplots Aplenty for #NEvNY USOC Tie

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Every rivalry match contains an added layer of drama when points are on the line. But when the shared history of longtime combatants extends itself to tournament play, well, there's usually no shortage of rich subplots.

That sentiment certainly holds true for Thursday's U.

Revs Advance to USOC Q’finals

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Rookie Brian Wright's first professional goal steered the Revolution to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals after they beat DC United 2-1 in Wednesday's Round of 16 clash at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.

Wright, the Revolution's first-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft, broke a 1-1 draw when he slotted it past Travis Worra in the 48th minute.

Revs Beat Rhinos in Open Cup Play

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A reserve-laden Revolution team beat an undermanned Rochester Rhinos (USL) 3-0 in Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup fourth round tie at Chapey Field in Providence, R.I.

The locals struck right before the break after Teal Bunbury sent it through from the spot in the 44th minute only moments after Zachary Herivaux was brought down inside the box by a Rochester defender Wal Fall.

Omens’ Open Cup Magic Runs Out

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The Cinderella run authored by GPS Omens (BSSL) in U.S. Open Cup play came to an end on Wednesday, but not before giving the Rochester Rhinos (USL) all they could handle in a heartbreaking 2-1 extra time loss in a third-round clash at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.

FC Cincinnati

Red Bulls overcome two-goal deficit to advance to Open Cup final

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CINCINNATI After nine years of waiting, the New York Red Bulls are back in a final.

The Red Bulls advanced to their first final in nine years and first U.S. Open Cup championship match in 14 as they came back from two goals down to defeat FC Cincinnati 3-2 in extra time on Tuesday night.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the equalizer and the game-winning goal for the Red Bulls, who didn't come alive until the middle of the second half.

Mitch Hildebrandt, FC Cincinnati not ready for 'special' Open Cup run to end

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Before Mitch Hildebrandt joined FC Cincinnati, he wasn't aware of how much of a soccer hotbed the Ohio city was.

Each and ever time Hildebrandt puts on the blue and orange of the USL club, he's captivated by the support the team has generaged. And now, the nation has been captivated as well by the large crowds the club has produced for its U.

FC Cincinnati uses second-half winner to edge Miami FC in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal

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Coming into Wednesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal at Riccardo Silva Stadium, both sides knew what was stake. The winner of the all second-tier showdown would host the New York Red Bulls in one of two semifinals slated for August 9.

It was the USL side that got the job done in Miami as FC Cincinnati used a 68th-minute winner from Djiby Fall to snatch a 1-0 victory at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

U.S. Open Cup preview: Miami FC, FC Cincinnati square off in second division quarterfinal tilt

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While Major League Soccer is celebrating its brightest stars on Wednesday night, two teams from the lower leagues of American soccer will square off for a chance to make the final four of the U.S. Open Cup.

Miami FC of the NASL and USL's FC Cincinnati face each other at Riccardo Silva Stadium at 7;30 p.

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal rescheduled for August 2nd

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Fans of FC Cincinnati and Miami FC will need to wait a while longer for their much-anticipated U.S. Open Cup match.

The match, which was rained out on Wednesday night due to severe thunderstorms in the Miami area, has been rescheduled for August 2nd at 7:30 p.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Miami FC, FC Cincinnati postponed

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The two non-MLS sides remaining in the U.S. Open Cup will have to wait to book their place into the semifinals.

Miami FC 's clash with fellow second division side FC Cincinnati was postponed on Wednesday evening due to consistent thunderstorms in the Miami area.The match, which was supposed to kick off at 7:30 p.

U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Miami FC, FC Cincy provide upsets; Red Bulls edge Union and more

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Reigning U.S. Open Cup champs FC Dallas became the first club to book their spot into the tournament's quarterfinals after defeating the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, seven other clubs joined them, with the biggest shocks coming from Miami FC and FC Cincinnati.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: Dynamo host Sporting KC, Union visit Red Bulls, and more

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The U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 begins on Tuesday night with an all Western Conference showdown taking place in Frisco kickstarting the festivities.

On Wednesday, 14 other clubs will fight to book their place into next month's quarterfinals. Three lower league sides remain in the competition with FC Cincinnati, Miami FC, and Republic FC all in action on Wednesday.

Major League Soccer

Sporting Kansas City, winner of FC Cincinnati, Miami FC to host U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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The magical run of either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC will continue in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, and no matter who wins, they'll be returning home next round.

The winner of the rescheduled FC Cincy vs. Miami FC quarterfinal will host the New York Red Bulls in the upcoming semifinal round.

U.S. Open Cup Round of 16: Miami FC hosts Atlanta United, FC Cincy hosts Chicago Fire, and more

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With the Round of 16 draw officially complete, the next stage of the U.S. Open Cup features some truly intriguing match-ups

The immediate takeaway is that both Miami FC and FC Cincinnati will host their round of 16 MLS opponents in the South region, with Miami taking on Atlanta United and Cincy battling the Chicago Fire.

U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round: A Look Ahead

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The Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup begins on Tuesday as MLS teams join the fray.

Many of the top tier teams are well rested after the international break, but do have league matches coming up this weekend. As always, look for giant slayings as the lower league clubs get their shot at the big boys.

The Rest

Quakes praise depth and competition within locker room on eve of Open Cup semifinal

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SAN JOSE, Calif. In certain cases a locker room can be a toxic place. It can drag a team's morale and quality to unprecedented lows, it may be the barricade between glory and despair, and ultimately, the reason behind a supporter's disappointment.

At the moment, that is fortunately not the case in San Jose.

Revs rookie Wright has breakout game in U.S. Open Cup win over D.C. United

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BOSTON For the first six minutes of the second half of Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup round of 16 game against D.C. United, New England Revolution rookie forward Brian Wright showed the upside that made him a 20th overall pick in this past winter's 2017 MLS Draft.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a busy Wednesday in the soccer world as the Confederations Cup, U.S. Open Cup, and an international friendly all grace your television and/or computer screens today.

Everything starts with the FIFA Confederations Cup. The knockout rounds for the World Cup dress rehearsal are upon us with Portugal and Chile kicking things off this afternoon on FS1.

Hard work pays off for Epps in first professional start

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When Fabian Herbers went down with an injury on May 20, the Philadelphia Union needed another winger to step into the void on the depth chart.

Marcus Epps has taken full advantage of the opportunity in the last few weeks in training during the international break. The rookie from South Florida rewarded the Union on Wednesday with a goal in his standout performance during their 3-1 U.

Tuesday U.S. Open Cup Rewind: D.C. United tops Christos, Sounders beat Timbers and more

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The fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup began on Tuesday with three matches featuring four MLS teams.

Christos FC, the only amateur club remaining in the tournament, managed to push a goal across against D.C. United before finally capitulating late in the match.

The SBI View: U.S. Open Cup feels stale, boring with regional schedule

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The fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup begins on Tuesday, and unfortunately for the competition, the stage where Major League Soccer teams arrive comes with little intrigue.

A full complement of factors has gone against the Open Cup in recent years as the tournament tries to gain traction among soccer fans and the mainstream sports scene.