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Sporting KC to face Minnesota United FC in 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round

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Sporting Kansas City will again face Minnesota United FC in 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round

Alex Martinez scored for Sporting KC when they beat Minnesota (NASL) 2-0 in 2014
Thad Bell

Sporting Kansas City will be headed north for their first match of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Minnesota United FC will host the regional rivalry on either June 11th or 12th.

Sporting KC and Minnesota both enter the competition in the fourth round along with the other 19 U.S. based clubs, joining 10 teams from the USL Championship (2nd division) and Orange County FC of the fourth-division National Premier Soccer League.

Sporting KC and some form of Minnesota have met three times in the U.S. Cup previously. The NASL side Minnesota lost to Sporting KC in 2014 and 2016 before stepping up to MLS in 2017 when SKC beat them again.

Peter Vermes and his squad have no games at home in June with only four MLS games on the schedule due to the international break but that also means they will be missing four key players. Johnny Russell (Scotland), Nicolas Hasler (Liechtenstein), Botond Barath (Hungary) and Krisztian Nemeth (Hungary) will likely be unavailable.

SKC will possibly see former defender Ike Opara on the other side when after he was traded to Minnesota before the season.

Sporting currently occupies 11th place in the Western Conference with a 3-5-5 record (14 points), while Minnesota is fifth in the West at 6-5-3 (21 points).

The fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup