Sporting Kansas City will get their first taste of US Open Cup action against Minnesota United FC after the NASL side dispatched of the Des Moines Menace in the third round.
The victors scored a late goal in the 86th minute to defeat the Menace, who were Sporting Kansas City's first US Open Cup opponent last year.
This will be the first time that Sporting Kansas City will face Minnesota United FC. The club was founded in 2010 and has an NASL title under their belts, winning it all in 2011. They were originally Minnesota Stars FC before being rebranded before the 2012 season.
In Open Cup play, they've advanced to the fourth round once and to the second round in their other two appearances. They entered in the third round of this year's tournament with the Des Moines match being their only match so far.
The match between the two sides will be on June 18th at Sporting Park, which will come in the middle of a nice break for both teams. Minnesota's last league match before the Cup match is on June 7th. Sporting KC's last match before the World Cup break is one day before, so both teams will come into the match rested.
Other Open Cup result news
- Sporting KC affiliate Orlando City SC advanced to the fourth round after defeating the Tampa Bay Rowdies 4-1 in the rivalry match. They'll play Colorado next month as they look to continue their recent success in the US Open Cup.
- The other Sporting KC affiliate Oklahoma City Energy FC fell in a dramatic fashion on the road. Down 1-0 late in the second half to Arizona United SC, the Energy tied the match in stoppage to send it to extra time where they fell behind again in the second overtime period. Christian Duke had a chance to tie the match up in the 119th minute with a penalty kick but it was saved and Jimmy Nielsen's squad was eliminated from the tournament.
- The match East Coast soccer fans have been waiting for will finally happen in the fourth round as the New York Cosmos advanced to the fourth round, defeating the Brooklyn Italians 2-0. The NASL side will meet with the New York Red Bulls, setting up a New York battle for the ages.
- Sacramento Republic FC continued to impress early in 2014 by defeating Fresno Fuego 6-0. The expansion side, managed by Kansas City Wizard legend Preki, move on to face San Jose in the next round.
Here is a schedule of the fourth round of the US Open Cup, credit of Thecup.us. (All times Eastern). Check out that site for full match reports and updated brackets.
|FOURTH ROUND||AWAY TEAM||SCORE||HOME TEAM|
|June 11||Laredo Heat (PDL)||10:00||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|June 11||Sacramento Republic (USL PRO)||10:30||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)|
|June 14||Real Salt Lake (MLS)||7:30||Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)|
|June 14||Chivas USA (MLS)||8:00||Carolina RailHawks (NASL)|
|June 14||New York Red Bulls (MLS)||8:30||New York Cosmos (NASL)|
|June 14||San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)||8:30||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|June 17||DC United (MLS)||7:00||Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)|
|June 17||H’burg City Islanders (USL PRO)||7:00||Philadelphia Union (MLS)|
|June 17||Indy Eleven (NASL)||7:30||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|June 17||Orlando City SC (USL PRO)||9:00||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|June 17||Orlando City U23s (PDL)||10:30||Portland Timbers (MLS)|
|June 18||New England Revolution (MLS)||7:00||Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)|
|June 18||P’burgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)||8:30||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|June 18||Minnesota United FC (NASL)||8:30||Sporting Kansas City (MLS)|
|June 18||PSA Elite (USASA)||10:00||Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)|
|June 18||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)||10:30||Arizona United SC (USL PRO)|