Sporting KC pours it on late to advance past Houston in U.S. Open Cup


When Tuesday night’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal finally fell apart for the Houston Dynamo, it completely crumbled.

Houston weathered a 30th minute red card to Luis Garrido, even going up 1-0 early in the second half, before giving way to the firepower of Sporting KC to the tune of a 3-1 loss at Sporting Park.

Sporting KC joins Real Salt Lake and Philadelphia Union in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals. KC and RSL will mix it up on Aug. 11 or 12, while Philadelphia awaits the winner of Wednesday night’s Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire match.

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Bruin tapped in a rebound off a corner kick on one of Houston’s only shots on target of the night in the 59th minute, as Sporting dominated the match (When all was said and done, KC out-attempted Houston 16-5).

Twelve minutes later, though, Benny Feilhaber bested Joe Willis after the Dynamo allowed the former USMNT midfielder to walk into the middle of the pitch and let loose with a low drive.

Dom Dwyer would put KC in the lead in the 86th minute off an assist from Krisztian Németh, and the two switched roles shortly after the game was restarted. Houston went from looking like they could become the second 10-man team of the night to advance in the Open Cup to dropping out of the tournament.