U.S. Soccer

Sporting KC (MLS) 1, Saint Louis FC (USL) 0
In front of a sold-out crowd of 19,298, Sporting Kansas City monopolized possession in their 1-0 win in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt Open Cup.  It was a close final score that was not entirely representative of the game, where most of the time, Kansas City was pressing with the ball into Saint Louis FC’s half. Benny Feilhaber bossed the midfield, pinging balls out wide and through to Dom Dwyer and Graham Zusi. It looked like SKC were about to take the lead off a Feilhaber free kick in the 18th minute, but Dom Dwyer’s header dinked off the underside of the post and away safely from Saint Louis goalkeeper Mark Pais’s goal. Despite of SKC’s dominance, Saint Louis had a few chances of the break in the first half, but were unable to convert. Right before the break, Sporting’s Amadou Dia got behind the Saint Louis defense and crossed the ball square past an on-rushing Pais and found Zusi, whose header was blocked by a Saint Louis defender. In the second half, Kansas City really began to turn the screw on their opponents, pressing even higher than in the first half. A couple chances for Sporting early in the first half saw a goal line clearance, and Dwyer firing just wide. SKC’s breakthrough finally came in the 70th minute, when Feilhaber put in a great, curving ball towards Zusi, and the U.S. international’s flick-on header beat the diving Pais. With the lion’s share of possession, Sporting saw off Saint Louis for the final 20 minutes, ensuring their place in the tournament’s Round of 16.

- 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report -

Date: June 16, 2015
Match: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)
Competition:
2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Fourth Round
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 19,298
Weather: Cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1              2              F
SKC                                   0              1              1
STL                                    0              0              0

SKC – Graham Zusi (Benny Feilhaber)     70th minute

Lineups:
SKC: 29-Tim Melia; 4-Kevin Ellis, 13-Amadou Dia (71-Marcel De Jong, 81), 5-Matt Besler, 7-Chance Myers (17-Saad Abdul-Salaam, 56); 8-Graham Zusi, 27-Roger Espinoza, 10-Benny Feilhaber, 22-Connor Hallisey (37-Jacob Peterson, 68); 93-Soni Mostivar, 14-Dom Dwyer
Head coach: Peter Vermes

STL: 1-Mark Pais; 17-Jacob Bushue, 21-Chad Vandergriffe, 3-Sam Fink, 22-Patrick Doody; 25-Brandon Barklage, 6-Parker Marr, 7-Jamiel Hardware (23-Kingslley Bryce, 80), 5-Brian Ciesulka (11-Charles Renken, 68); 9-Jeremie Lynch (27-Jordan Roberts, 79), 15-Mike Ambersley
Head coach: Dale Schilley

Stats Summary: SKC / STL
Shots: 12 / 2
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 10
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
STL – Brandon Barklage (caution)              54th minute
STL – Charles Renken (caution)                  85

Officials:
Referee: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Boyko
Assistant Referee 2: Justin Mack
4th Official: Jon Freemon
Match Commissioner: Rich Kaminsky

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