KANSAS CITY, KAN. (Aug. 12, 2015) Sporting Kansas City advanced to the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final with a 3-1 win in against Real Salt Lake in front of more than 16,000 at Sporting Park Wednesday night.
Real Salt Lake took the lead through Olmes Garcia, but the hosts fought back and earned an equalizer from Soni Mustivar heading into halftime. After the break, the hosts had all the chances and finally found a breakthrough late on, when Benny Feilhaber cleaned up Dom Dwyer’s effort off the post to grab a 2-1 lead. Minutes later forward Krisztian Nemeth made it 3-1 after capitalizing on a defensive miscue.
Sporting KC will now make the trip east to face the Philadelphia Union in the Open Cup Final at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 30.
“It’s fantastic to be in a final and have a chance to win another championship: that’s what this club is all about,” said Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes. “We want to win trophies and every year at the beginning of the season we make a plan to try to do that. We’ve been in this place before and it’s pleasing that we are able to get there but it’s a long way down the road and we’ll need to be prepared when it comes.”
The visitors got the perfect start when Garcia converted after a nice passing move. Real Salt Lake maneuvered the ball through the midfield before working it to right back Tony Beltran. He chipped it over the top where Garcia spun his marker before volleying home from 10 yards.
Sporting immediately went on the attack and were level within ten minutes. Feilhaber expertly curled in a free kick from the left side where Mustivar evaded his man and beat everyone with his header. It was the Haitian’s first goal for his club.
In the second half, Sporting KC had the better opportunities, with Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando being called into action time and time again. The veteran shot-stopper finished the night with eight saves - many of them excellent - but he was powerless to keep out the eventual winner.
Dwyer picked up the ball around midfield, muscled past the RSL backline and fired a shot off the post. The ball rebounded to Feilhaber, who timed his follow up perfectly to finish into the open net.
Minutes later Sporting put the game was out of reach as Nemeth snuck in after a defensive error, held his cool and finished past Rimando to seal Sporting KC’s place in the 102nd U.S. Open Cup Final.
-2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report-
Date: Aug. 12, 2015
Match: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Competition: 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Semifinal
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 81 degrees; Cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
SKC 1 2 3
RSL 1 0 1
RSL – Olmes Garcia (Tony Beltran) 24th minute
SKC – Soni Mustivar (Benny Feilhaber) 35
SKC – Benny Feilhaber 80
SKC – Krisztian Nemeth 85
SKC: 29-Tim Melia; 17-Saad Abdul-Salaam (71-Marcel de Jong, 90+2), 4-Kevin Ellis, 5-Matt Besler, 13-Amadou Dia; 6-Paulo Nagamura, 93-Soni Mustivar, 10-Benny Feilhaber, 37-Jacob Peterson (22-Connor Hallisey, 63); 14-Dom Dwyer, 9-Krisztian Nemeth (7-Chance Myers, 87)
Subs Not Used: 21-Jon Kempin; 2-Erik Palmer-Brown, 12-Mikey Lopez, 94-Jimmy Medranda
Head coach: Peter Vermes
RSL: 18-Nick Rimando; 2-Tony Beltran, 21-Aaron Maund, 12-Elias Vasquez, 17-Demar Phillips; 11-Javier Morales, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 19-Luke Mulholland (29-Abdoulie Mansally, 88); 49-Devon Sandoval (10-Luis Gil, 77), 23-Sebastian Jaime, 13-Olmes Garcia
Subs Not Used: 24-Jeff Attinella; 14-Justen Glad, 16-Wellington Paeckart, 27-John Stertzer, 50-Sebastian Saucedo
Head coach: Jeff Cassar
Stats Summary: SKC / RSL
Shots: 17 / 6
Saves: 1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2
SKC – Paulo Nagamura (caution) 30th minute
SKC – Soni Mustivar (caution) 75
RSL – Tony Beltran (caution) 76
RSL – Olmes Garcia (ejection) 90+3
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Vasoli
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Cahen
4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic