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
- New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
- NYCFC (MLS) vs. North Carolina FC (USLC)
- D.C. United (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)
- Columbus Crew SC (MLS) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC)
- Memphis 901 FC (USLC) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)
- Charleston Battery (USLC) vs. Atlanta United (MLS)
- Saint Louis FC (USLC) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)
- FC Cincinnati (MLS) vs. Louisville City FC (USLC)
- Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. New Mexico United (USLC)
- Minnesota United FC (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
- Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Austin Bold FC (USLC)
- FC Dallas (MLS) vs. OKC Energy FC (USLC)
- Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Los Angeles FC (MLS)
- LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. Orange County FC (NPSL)
- San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USLC)
- Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)