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Sporting Kansas City wins fourth U.S. Open Cup in six years

KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 20: Latif Blessing #9 of Sporting Kansas City celebrates after scoring during the 1st half of the 2017 U.S Open Cup Final against the New York Red Bulls at Children's Mercy Park on September 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 20: Latif Blessing #9 of Sporting Kansas City celebrates after scoring during the 1st half of the 2017 U.S Open Cup Final against the New York Red Bulls at Children's Mercy Park on September 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Sporting Kansas City squared off against New York in the U.S. Open Cup Finals on Wednesday night and reigned victorious, earning their fourth U.S. Open Cup title! Sporting won 2-1.

Sporting Kansas City is no stranger to winning trophies and they’ve added another one to their collection after defeating the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at Children’s Mercy Park. It was a loud and crazy environment and Sporting KC made their fans proud.

The first goal of the night came from Latif Blessing (25′) to put the good guys up 1-0 heading into half time. Graham Zusi had the assist on that goal, and boy was it a beauty! It really couldn’t have been done any better than that honestly.

The rest of the half was a scoreless effort for both teams, but Blessing’s goal wouldn’t be the only one on the night. It’s a good thing too, as the Red Bulls tried to attempt a late comeback in the match.

Although fans felt good about the 1-0 lead, it was definitely a relief to see Daniel Salloi add another goal (66′). That goal made the difference in the match, as New York would tack on a goal at the very beginning of stoppage time (90’+1).

Sporting really could have an even bigger lead heading into half time, as Gerso Fernandes was denied early on in the match. That could have put the home team up 1-0 before anyone knew what hit them.

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Instead, everyone knew this was going to be a hard fought match for both sides, and that it was. Even though it was 2-0 until the beginning of stoppage time, New York could have easily tied things up. It definitely got more tense than fans needed at the end.

Sporting Kansas City will add yet another trophy to the mantle and now will shift their attention to the rest of the Major League Soccer season. The team currently sits in third place in the Western Conference, trailing Vancouver and Portland.

The last few years have seen Sporting KC knocked out of the postseason early, but hopefully that’ll change this season. Sporting hasn’t won an MLS Cup since 2013 and it’d be nice to add another one of those trophies to their collection.

Sporting hosts the LA Galaxy this Sunday and are hopefully still going to be riding the momentum from this match. Soccer season might be over in the next few months, but the best part of the season is just getting started!

Let’s go Sporting! #WeTogether