2017 U.S. Open Cup Final

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2017 U.S. Open Cup Final
Event2017 U.S. Open Cup
DateSeptember 20, 2017
VenueChildren's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
RefereeHilario Grajeda
Weather78 °F (26 °C) and partly cloudy[1]

The 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was played on September 20, 2017, at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The match determined the winner of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. It was the 104th edition of the oldest competition in United States soccer. This edition of the final was contested between Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls, both of Major League Soccer.

Kansas City and New York both play in the top tier of American soccer, Major League Soccer (MLS), and bypassed the initial stages of the tournament, with direct entry into the fourth round of play. Kansas City secured its berth in the final by defeating four other MLS teams; Minnesota United FC, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, and San Jose Earthquakes.[2] New York's road to the final involved victories over three MLS teams and one USL team; New York City FC, Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati.[3][4]

Kansas City won their fourth title following a 2–1 win thanks to goals from Latif Blessing and Dániel Sallói. As winners, Kansas City qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.

The match was broadcast in English on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes,[5] making it the third straight time the cup final was aired on one of the ESPN networks.

Road to the final[edit]

The U.S. Open Cup is an annual American soccer competition open to all United States Soccer Federation affiliated teams, from amateur adult club teams to the professional clubs of Major League Soccer (MLS). The 2017 competition was the 104th edition of the oldest soccer tournament in the United States.[5]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Sporting Kansas City had previously won the U.S. Open Cup in 2004, 2012, and the 2015, and to date, are the only Kansan club to have ever won the honor. To reach the final, Kansas City hosted three of their four cup fixture heading to the final.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

The Red Bulls had only been to one previous Open Cup Final, the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, which the then-MetroStars lost to the Chicago Fire 0-1 at Giants Stadium. Two other teams from New Jersey, Elizabeth S.C. and Paterson F.C., have won the Open Cup, with Paterson F.C. winning the then-Challenge Cup in 1923 on a forfeit, and Elizabeth S.C. winning the Challenge Cup in 1970 and 1972.



Sporting Kansas City2–1New York Red Bulls
Report Wright-Phillips Goal 90+1'

Sporting Kansas City
New York Red Bulls
GK 29 United States Tim Melia
RB 8 United States Graham Zusi
CB 3 United States Ike Opara Yellow card 90+6'
CB 5 United States Matt Besler
LB 15 United States Seth Sinovic Yellow card 4'
CM 27 Honduras Roger Espinoza
CM 6 Spain Ilie Sánchez
CM 10 United States Benny Feilhaber
RF 7 Guinea-Bissau Gerso Fernandes Substituted off 56'
CF 11 Chile Diego Rubio Substituted off 82'
LF 9 Ghana Latif Blessing Substituted off 43'
GK 1 United States Adrian Zendejas
DF 2 United States Erik Palmer-Brown
DF 17 United States Saad Abdul-Salaam
MF 19 Spain Cristian Lobato
FW 30 Hungary Dániel Sallói Substituted in 43'
FW 88 Cape Verde Kévin Oliveira Substituted in 82'
FW 94 Colombia Jimmy Medranda Substituted in 56'
United States Peter Vermes
Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls 2017-09-20.svg
GK 18 United States Ryan Meara
CB 62 Panama Michael Murillo
CB 33 United States Aaron Long Yellow card 27'
CB 29 Panama Fidel Escobar
DM 8 Brazil Felipe
CM 19 United States Alex Muyl Substituted off 71'
CM 92 Jamaica Kemar Lawrence Substituted off 66'
AM 4 United States Tyler Adams Yellow card 57'
RF 27 United States Sean Davis Substituted off 77'
CF 99 England Bradley Wright-Phillips
LF 16 United States Sacha Kljestan
GK 31 United States Luis Robles
DF 5 United States Connor Lade
MF 6 United States Dan Metzger
MF 7 Haiti Derrick Etienne
MF 15 United States Sal Zizzo Substituted in 66'
MF 30 Argentina Gonzalo Verón Substituted in 71'
FW 10 Norway Muhamed Keita Substituted in 77'
United States Jesse Marsch

Assistant referees:[6]
Jason White
Andrew Bigelow
Fourth official:[6]
Ismail Elfath

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.


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  2. ^ Kovzan, Sam (August 15, 2017). "Sporting KC to host New York Red Bulls in 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final". Sporting Kansas City.
  3. ^ Fido, Austin. "The hard way: RBNY on the road again for USOC semifinals". Once A Metro.
  4. ^ Quillen, Ian (August 16, 2017). "MATCH RECAP: New York Red Bulls Are On To Open Cup Final". New York Red Bulls.
  5. ^ a b "2017 U.S. Open Cup Final to be Broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes". www.ussoccer.com.
  6. ^ a b "2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final crew announced – Professional Referee Organization". proreferees.com.