US Open Cup Snapshot: Sporting KC 3-1 Real Salt Lake


The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City booked their place in the 2015 US Open Cup final with a 3-1 victory over their old friends hated rivals Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park on Wednesday night. After losing to RSL twice and drawing once in league action this season, Sporting KC got their sweet, sweet revenge in what can only be described as the biggest game of the season (so far). Olmes Garcia gave the visitors their early lead, but goals from Soni Mustivar, Benny Feilhaber and Krisztian Nemeth were more than enough for Sporting to advance to the USOC final for the first time since their last triumph, in 2012. RSL came into the game well rested after sitting a number of regular starters in their league game on Saturday night, but withered in the game’s dying minutes nonetheless, as their four-games-in-three-countries-over-12-days road trip finally caught up to them. Sporting will face the Philadelphia Union in the USOC final at PPL Park on Sept. 30.

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Three moments that mattered

24′ — Garcia loses Ellis and beats Melia for the opener — Kevin Ellis found himself stuck in an all-time “do I stay or do I go” conundrum as Tony Beltran lofted a through ball behind the Sporting backline in the 24th minute. Ellis did a bit of both/neither, Garcia ran in on goal all be his lonesome and beat Tim Melia with a low finish. 1-0, RSL.

35′ — Mustivar’s first SKC goal draws the hosts level — Feilhaber assisted on his 17th goal of the season when Mustivar headed home a tantilizing, in-swinging free kick from close range. Mustivar got front side of Nick Rimando, beat his marker to the near post and it was quickly a tie ballgame again.

80′ — Feilhaber hammers home after Dwyer’s marathon run — Dom Dwyer used and abused RSL defender Elias Vasquez for all of 40 yards (in a very non-straight line) before pinging his eventual left-footed shot of the right-hand post of Rimando. The ball came straight back into the field of play where Feilhaber was the first to arrive and slam the loose ball into an empty net.

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Man of the match: Benny Feilhaber

Goalscorers: Garcia (24′), Mustivar (35′), Feilhaber (80′), Nemeth (85′)