The third round of the US Open Cup was nothing short of astonishing, in all, 8 MLS teams were knocked out of the tournament. Their places in the fourth round were instead taken by various lower division sides including the fairy tale team of Cal FC, a non-league side that has had to play on the road 3 times all while knocking out better opposition.
Sporting Kansas City almost joined the rest of the defeated MLS teams but held out USL Pro side Orlando City SC 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at LSP in the third round. Now, as we look ahead to the coming rounds, Sporting KC certainly have the upper hand with their upcoming game on Tuesday against the Colorado Rapids at home, and should they advance, they would face either the Michigan Bucks or the Dayton Dutch Lions at LSP, both of which are technically at least 2 divisions lower than Sporting KC.
With this in mind, Sporting KC's road to the final - and eventually the CONCACAF Champion's league - would seem to be a lot easier than most other teams. But then again...remember last year?