2015 U.S. Open Cup Final

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2015 U.S. Open Cup Final
Event2015 U.S. Open Cup
Sporting Kansas City won 7–6 on penalties
DateSeptember 30, 2015
VenuePPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Man of the MatchTim Melia[1]
RefereeTed Unkel[2]
WeatherRainy, 67 °F (19 °C)[3]

The 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was played on September 30, 2015, at PPL Park, now known as Talen Energy Stadium, in Chester, Pennsylvania. The match determined the winner of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. It was the 102nd edition of the oldest competition in United States soccer.[4] This edition of the final was contested between Sporting Kansas City (SKC) and the Philadelphia Union. The winning club would qualify for the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League.

Philadelphia and Kansas City both compete in the top tier of American soccer, Major League Soccer (MLS), and bypassed the initial stages of the tournament with entries into the fourth round of play. At the time of the final, SKC was in contention for the Supporters' Shield while the Union was in the hunt for a berth in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. Philadelphia secured its berth in the final by defeating the Rochester Rhinos, D.C. United, the New York Red Bulls, and Chicago Fire. Kansas City's road to the final involved victories over Saint Louis FC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, and Real Salt Lake.

The match was broadcast in English on ESPN2 and in Spanish on Univision Deportes Network, making it the first time since 1999 the cup final was aired on one of the ESPN networks. Sporting Kansas City won the game 7–6 on penalties after the game ended 1–1 in regulation and in overtime.[5][6]

Road to the final[edit]

Philadelphia Union[edit]

Teams from Philadelphia and the surrounding region have had a successful history in the Open Cup: Bethlehem Steel F.C. won five trophies between 1915 and 1926, the Uhrik Truckers won in 1936, and the Philadelphia Ukrainians won four times during the 1960s. The Union's alternative jersey, worn throughout the competition, featured a large letter "B" in the lower left corner to honor Bethlehem.[7][8][9] Previously, the Union made a run to the final of the 2014 edition of the cup, which was the club's first cup final of any competition, but lost in extra time to Seattle Sounders FC.

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Sporting Kansas City have previously appeared in two US Open Cup finals, winning both the 2004 and 2012 editions, and to date, are the only Kansan club to have ever won the honor. Sporting went into the Final hoping to win their third trophy in four years. To reach the final, SKC hosted all four of their cup fixtures heading to the final, which included wins over Saint Louis FC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake.

Match details[edit]

Philadelphia Union
Sporting Kansas City
GK 1 Jamaica Andre Blake Substituted off 120+1'
DF 33 Brazil Fabinho
DF 16 United States Richie Marquez
DF 8 United States Maurice Edu (c)
DF 28 United States Ray Gaddis
MF 13 United States Michael Lahoud Yellow card 21'
MF 5 France Vincent Nogueira
MF 85 Switzerland Tranquillo Barnetta Yellow card 58'
MF 10 Argentina Cristian Maidana Substituted off 77'
MF 9 France Sébastien Le Toux
FW 17 United States C. J. Sapong Yellow card 90+1' Substituted off 116'
GK 55 United States John McCarthy Substituted in 120+1'
DF 23 Portugal Steven Vitória
DF 2 United States Warren Creavalle
MF 7 United States Brian Carroll
MF 14 Cameroon Eric Ayuk
FW 11 United States Andrew Wenger Substituted in 116'
FW 6 United States Conor Casey Substituted in 77'
Jim Curtin
GK 29 United States Tim Melia
DF 5 United States Matt Besler (c) Yellow card 86'
DF 4 United States Kevin Ellis Yellow card 29'
DF 15 United States Seth Sinovic Yellow card 34' Substituted off 78'
DF 7 United States Chance Myers Yellow card 106' Substituted off 112'
MF 93 Haiti Soni Mustivar Substituted off 66'
MF 10 United States Benny Feilhaber
MF 6 Brazil Paulo Nagamura Yellow card 94'
MF 9 Hungary Krisztián Németh
FW 8 United States Graham Zusi Yellow card 104'
FW 14 England Dom Dwyer
GK 21 United States Jon Kempin
DF 17 United States Saad Abdul-Salaam Substituted in 78'
DF 2 United States Erik Palmer-Brown
MF 12 United States Mikey Lopez
MF 96 Spain Jordi Quintillà Yellow card 71' Substituted in 66'
MF 11 Venezuela Bernardo Añor
FW 37 United States Jacob Peterson Substituted in 112'
Peter Vermes

Assistant referees:
Ian Anderson[2]
James Conlee[2]
Fourth official:
Chris Penso[2]

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.
  • Maximum five foreign players (all citizens and legal permanent residents are considered domestic, regardless of FIFA country affiliation)[10]


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