Major League Soccer teams entered in the fourth round of the Open Cup and Sporting KC was grouped with fellow MLS side Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids and future MLS expansion team Nashville SC currently playing in the USL.
The Open Cup match will create some congestion for most teams including Sporting KC. The game in Salt Lake falsl in between a home game versus Minnesota United on June 3rd and a road match at Portland on June 9th.
Adding to the congestion issues, Johnny Russell and Daniel Salloi have both been called up to their respective national teams. Since they are friendlies outside of the FIFA window SKC does not have to let the players go.
Scotland will play against Peru on May 29th and Mexico on June 2nd but Russell will only go to the Mexico game. It has not been announced which games Salloi will go to but Hungary plays June 6th against Belarus and June 9th against Australia in Hungary.
Manager Peter Vermes managed the team to the Cup final last year where they defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 with goals from Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi.
This will be the seventh straight match versus other MLS sides in the Open Cup.
#SportingKC’s last 7 USOC games:— Mike (@downthebyline) May 24, 2018
16 round of 16: @ Houston
17 4th round: vs MN
17 5th round: @ Houston
17 QF: vs Dallas
17 SF: vs San Jose
17 F: vs New York
18 4th round: @ RSL
The full draw from U.S. Soccer -Home team listed first
Louisville City FC (USL) - New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls - New York City FC (did not apply to host)
DC United - North Carolina FC (USL)
Philadelphia Union – Richmond Kickers (USL)
Atlanta United FC – Charleston Battery (USL)
Miami United FC (NPSL) – Orlando City SC (did not apply to host)
Columbus Crew - Chicago fire
Minnesota United - FC Cincinnati (USL)
Nashville SC (USL) – Colorado Rapids
Real Salt Lake – Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo - NTX Rayados (Texas) (did not apply to host)
San Antonio FC (USL) - FC Dallas
LA Galaxy - FC Golden State Force (PDL) (did not apply to host)
LAFC – Fresno FC (USL) (no host)
Sacramento Republic FC (USL) – Seattle Sounders