Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sporting to Travel to Houston for Next US Open Cup Game

Sporting Kansas City learned their opponent for the fifth round of the US Open Cup today. Sporting was grouped into the Plains regional that US Soccer begins at this stage of the tournament with FC Dallas, the Colorado Rapids, and the Houston Dynamo, the same three teams as they were in 2015. The four teams were then paired together with Kansas City being paired with the Houston Dynamo and Dallas taking on Colorado. The two Texas teams will play host, meaning that for the second straight Open Cup game Kansas City will have to go on the road in hopes of advancing.

The two teams met last year in the quarterfinals with Kansas City winning 3-1 thanks to second half goals by Benny Feilhaber, Dom Dwyer, and Krisztian Nemeth canceling out an earlier goal by Will Bruin. They'll now meet at BBVA Compass Stadium with a shot at the quarterfinals on the line. The winner of the Kansas City vs Houston game will be the ones that get to host the quarterfinal match up against either Dallas or Colorado.

The bracket has been laid out all the way to the finals now with the Plains group being grouped with the West group that includes the Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers, and Seattle Sounders for the semifinal.

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