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US Open Cup Match Preview: Sporting Kansas City vs. St. Louis FC

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It's an I-70 rivalry match as Sporting KC takes on St. Louis F.C. in the fourth round of the US Open Cup.

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About the Teams

Sporting Kansas City

Everybody is seemingly returning for the Sporting KC match against St. Louis FC. Chance Myers, who was in the 18 against Seattle on June 6, could see his first minutes in more than a year. Erik Palmer-Brown has returned after national team duties at the U-20 World Cup and Krisztian Nemeth is back from a stint with the Hungarian national team. Sporting KC will come into this match reloaded with players and on ten days rest, a good sign as they open their 2015 US Open Cup account.

St. Louis FC

St. Louis FC is off to a fine start in the club's first season. They sit eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 3-3-5 record but they also have two US Open Cup wins under their belt, including a penalty kick winner over Minnesota United FC in the fourth round. They'll be without Bryan Gaul, who is tied for their leading goal-scorer, after he was shown a red card against Minnesota United FC.

Who to Watch

Sporting Kansas City- Chance Myers

Chance Myers is poised to return to the pitch for the first time since his torn achilles in May 2014 and his return will be an interesting one to watch. First of all, it will be interesting to see if he is rusty at all from not playing competitive minutes in more than a year. The second will be if he can still provide the same production as he had in the past: serviceable defense with an attacking upside coming down the flank. This match will be a look into how he comes back into the lineup.

St. Louis FC- Jeremie Lynch

The other leading goal-scorer for the visitors is Jeremie Lynch, who comes into tonight with three goals in St. Louis FC's young season. Without Gaul due to red card suspension, Lynch will be looked to as an increased mode of attack. It will be interesting to see if Sporting KC plays any particular defensive strategy towards Lynch specifically or if they will tend to the attack as a whole. It will also be interesting to see how Lynch responds without being able to be set up or being able to play off Gaul.

Predictions

Lineups

Sporting KC: Kempin; Myers, Ellis, Anibaba, Dia; Carrasco, Mustivar, Feilhaber; Peterson, Dwyer, Hallisey

St. Louis FC: Pais; Dixon, Vandegriffe, Fink, Doody; Musa, Gasecki, Ciesiulka, Maher; Roach; Lynch, Ambersely

Scoreline

Sporting Kansas City 3-1 St. Louis FC