CHICAGO (Aug. 15, 2017) – The Final of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on Sept. 20.
The match, which will be hosted by Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park, will be the second 2017 U.S. Open Cup game broadcast by the ESPN family of networks. The first was United Soccer League (USL) side FC Cincinnati’s shootout win vs. Major League Soccer (MLS) club Chicago Fire in the Round of 16 on June 28 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sporting Kansas City will make its second U.S. Open Cup Final appearance in the space of three years. Kansas City won the Open Cup in 2015 in Chester, Pa., with a 7-6 shootout win against Philadelphia Union after the sides tied 1-1. Their opponent in the 2017 Final will be determined tonight when the New York Red Bulls (MLS) travel to Nippert Stadium to take on Division II Cinderellas, FC Cincinnati.
Of the three surviving teams in the competition, only Sporting Kansas City has won the U.S. Open Cup. They hoisted the silverware in 2004 (as the Kansas City Wizards), 2012 (winning the Final at home) and again in 2015. The Red Bulls have finished as runners-up once in 2003 (when they were still known as the MetroStars), while FC Cincinnati, in just their second year of existence, have made the furthest run by a non-Division I side since 2011 when the Richmond Kickers reached the Semifinal stage.
The 104th installment of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has had a little bit of everything. In addition to FC Cincinnati’s journey to the Semifinal, there was a fairytale run by Baltimore-based amateurs Christos FC, who beat USL outfit Richmond Kickers and eventually booked a Fourth Round date with MLS royalty D.C. United. The part-timers even managed to go up 1-0 on the men from the Nation’s Capital before capitulating 4-1.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest-running open soccer tournament.