By Reid McEvoy
Sporting KC won the U.S. Open Cup final after beating the New York Red Bulls 2-1. It was a great run made by both teams, and it ended with SKC raising their sixth U.S. Open Cup.
The first goal came in the 25th’ minute from Latif Blessing, made possible by an undeniably perfect pass from Graham Zusi. The pass came right in, allowing the 5-foot-5 player to head the ball in. Unfortunately, in the 43rd minute Blessing sustained a thigh contusion, so he was subbed out for Dániel Sallói. The next goal, though, came from none other than, Sallói. In the 66th minute, a long distance pass to Sallói was slightly redirected by him, causing it to pass the keeper in for a goal that he could admire.
In the 56th minute, another injury struck Sporting KC, when Gerso went down. He had a pass coming to him in a perfect scoring position, but he pulled up, and was subbed out with a dislocated shoulder. His sub was Jimmy Medranda. Then, in the 82nd minute, Diego Rubio had to have the stretcher pulled out for him as he had an apparent thigh injury, so he was taken off for Kévin Oliveira. With that substitution, it meant Sporting KC did not get the opportunity to make a single tactical substitution.
After that, in the 91st minute, as soon as it was announced there would be six added minutes, Bradley Wright-Phillips tucked in a deflection off of star KC keeper Tim Melia. So the Red Bulls weren’t out, they had hope. And they got a real chance to satisfy their hope, with a direct kick just outside the box, but Felipe took the kick and put it off frame, sealing the victory for Sporting KC.