It seems only fitting that Sporting Kansas City comes out on top and advances in a tournament titled the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. It took overtime, but SKC defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 last evening in College Station, Texas. The Hunt family as most locals know have long been affiliated with Kansas City as owners of the Chiefs.
After playing 90 minutes and still in a scoreless tie, the two teams went into overtime, where rookie C.J. Sapong scored from 20 yards out just two minutes in to give Sporting the lead, which they held onto, as they advanced to the next round. Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was excellent for SKC in his first start of the 2011 season, saving six shots on the night.
For those of you not familiar with overtime rules in soccer, there are two 15-minute overtime periods, it is not sudden death.
With the win, Kansas City now advances in the Open Cup to face the winner of a match between the New England Revolution and D.C. United at home in Kansas City. The site is yet to be determined as Kansas City is still awaiting the completion of the new Livestrong Park complex.
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