Sporting Kansas City book ticket to U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal
Share All sharing options for: Sporting Kansas City hits Houston for two in 2nd Half, book ticket to U. Sporting Kansas City is back in its Open Cup jet stream. Coming into Wednesday night’s matchup at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Sporting held a 22-7-3 record at home in the domestic tournament first played in 1914. Sporting manager Peter Vermes shuffled his lineup, to a point, as his side was contesting its sixth match in 18 days and contending with various injuries throughout the team. Houston’s lineup card, filled out by Manager and former Sporting KC player Paulo Nagamura, saw only three who started at the weekend in a 3-0 win over LA Galaxy. Yet, it was the Dynamo’s fluid passing and interchanging exhibited early on.
In such a moment, Walter drew yellow from Houston‘s Darwin Ceren in the 17th minute for a free kick at the top of the Dynamo box 28 yards out. Although the first 40 minutes did not inspire hope for compelling attacking play on the night as much was a midfield slog, the match came alive in the last five of the first half. Forward Khiry Shelton and midfielder Roger Espinoza came on for Sweat and Rosell for the second forty-five as Vermes moved Sporting back to their traditional 4-3-3. Johnny Russell eats the foul, makes 'em pay anyway!We're all square! #SKCvHOU pic. Ndenbe was knocked to the ground on an attacking run not long after. Amping up the attacking pressure, via Salloi, Sporting drew a yellow and a dangerous free kick just outside right of the Houston’s box in the 69th minute.
Seventy-second minute - off a right-wing feed from Duke, Salloi swerved and drove, forcing a late leg and a whistled penalty call in the box. To keep the way smooth, Vermes inserted athletic center back Nicolas Isimat-Mirrin into the match for his first minutes since April 23rd. Pierre was beaten in the 81st, but Pulskamp came out right to snuff out the chance, and he would snuff out another moments later. Kansas City held on to book their ticket to the Open Cup Quarterfinals at home on June 22nd.
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