LIVE FROM LSP: Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire PDL in U.S. Open Cup third round
Kansas City, Kan. Welcome to LIVESTRONG Sporting Park for Sporting Kansas City's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third-round match against the Chicago Fire PDL.
Sporting — which last won the tournament in 2004 when it was known as the Kansas City Wizards — is playing its first match of the tournament. The first two rounds involved amateur teams who earned the right to take on Major League Soccer squads in the third round.
The winner of today's match advances to the quarterfinals on July 12.
OVERTIME AN OPTION
Thanks to the tournament format at the U.S. Open Cup, overtime is a possibility. If the game is tied at the end of regulation. Two 15-minute overtimes will follow.
Eric Kronberg, GK; Michael Harrington, DEF; Aurelien Collin, DEF; Shavar Thomas, DEF; Kei Kamara, MID; Luke Sassano, MID; Milos Stojcev, MID; Birahim Diop, MID; Korede Aiyegbusi, MID; Teal Bunbury, FWD.
Sporting Kansas City leads 1-0. After a Chicago foul just outside the 18-yard box, Kansas City lined up for a free kick. Luke Sassano tapped it, and Teal Bunbury drilled a low, line-drive shot that skipped through the wall and into the bottom left corner in the third minute.
After a flurry of shots deflected off of the Chicago defense, Kei Kamara unleashed a cannon that sailed just wide left of the post and into the Cauldron cheering section.
Bunbury narrowly missed notching his second goal of the game as his low shot hooked wide right.
A long head flick by Kamara set up Bunbury for a golden opportunity to score again. He went one-on-one with the keeper, aimed high and kicked it right into David Meves' hands.
Moments later, Chicago attempted its first shot of the game as Paulo Vaz missed badly to the right.
Another near-miss for Sporting. Defender Michael Harrington worked out of the right corner and sent a perfect cross to Milos Stojcev right in front of the net, but his one-timer sailed just over the crossbar.
Sporting holds an 8-1 shots advantage but is having trouble finishing. That's the only reason a one-sided game remains close.
Off of a corner kick, Kamara struck a well-placed bicycle kick that the Chicago keeper punched clear.
A 25-yard shot by Korede Aiyegbusi from the left wing sailed just inches over the crossbar. Sporting KC continues to lead 1-0 and has a 9-1 shots advantage.
A SCARE BY CHICAGO
Sporting KC's inability to finish its chances narrowly proved costly as, in the 42nd minute, Chicago found the back of the net but had a goal waved off.
Hunter Gorskie set up the play on the right side and made a nice feed to Harrison Petts in the middle before he tapped the ball to his left to a charging Paulo Vaz at the back post. Vaz' sliding shot rolled past Sporting KC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, but it was waved off when Vaz was deemed to have been offsides.
There will be a minimum of one minute of added time in the first half.
Sporting KC leads the Chicago Fire PDL 1-0 at halftime in their U.S. Open Cup third-round match, but the game easily could be a three- or four-goal rout.
Inefficiency on offense has plagued Sporting KC for most of the season, and tonight has been no different. It holds a 10-1 shots advantage. Many of those chances have been prime opportunities that were sent off-target or right to the keeper.
Chicago nearly tied the game in the 42nd minute, but a goal by Paulo Vaz was waved off due to an offsides call.
After a blown opportunity by Sporting KC on a free kick, Chicago mounted a strong counter and sent a shot over the crossbar.
A low shot by Kamara from 40 yards out missed to the left. Chicago has ramped up the pressure in the second half, but Sporting KC continues to lead 1-0.
Sporting Kansas City FINALLY found the back of the net again, and it came at a most opportune moment.
After a poor clearance by Chicago goalkeeper David Meves, Milos Stojcev made him pay for it. Stojcev recovered the clearance, worked his way past a defender and unleashed a low, line-drive blast past Meves and into the lower left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead in the 58th minute.
Tempers have begun to flare for Chicago. Captain Jonathan Raj has been issured a yellow card.
Sporting KC punished Chicago for its yellow card. Graham Zusi took the free kick and sent it into the box where Kei Kamara drove it home with a diving header.
Sporting KC now leads 3-0.
Chicago's Hunter Gorskie put a freekick on frame, but Eric Kronberg was there for the save.
Sporting KC earned a breakaway, and Teal Bunbury drilled a shot right into Meves' chest. It's Kansas City's sixth shot on goal and 14th attempt of the game.
Chicago's Josey Portillo sent a shot wide to the right. Time is running out on the Fire's bid for an upset as Sporting KC continues to lead 3-0.
A Sporting KC victory would advance the club to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals July 12 against the Richmond Kickers. Richmond advanced by upsetting the Columbus Crew 2-1 Tuesday night.
Tonight's announced attendance is 4,487.
Sporting KC's Birahim Diop has been issued a yellow card for a reckless foul in the 87th minute.
Sporting Kansas City defeated the Chicago Fire PDL 3-0. Sporting KC advances to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals July 12 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park against the Richmond Kickers.