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

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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′)

Sporting KC signs former Bastia defensive midfielder Soni Mustivar

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Former MLS champion Sporting KC have agreed to terms with Haitian defensive midfielder Soni Mustivar.

The 25-year-old joins SKC taking an international roster spot for the 2015 season, pending a visa and other transfer-specific filings.

Mustivar spent his youth career in France and made 21 appearances for current Ligue 1 side Bastia. He enjoyed a loan stint at Ligue 2’s Orleans from 2010-2011, and for the past three seasons, Mustivar netted three goals in 73 total appearances with Romania’s Petrolul Ploiești.

He was also capped on four occasions for France’s U-20 side in 2009 before changing countries to represent Haiti in 2013.

Most recently, he played three competitions at the 2014 CFU Caribbean Cup in November, allowing his country to snag a third place finish and qualification for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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“I am very excited to join Sporting Kansas City,” Mustivar said in statement. “This is a great team with great fans. I am going to work hard from day one to contribute to the team any way I can.”

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes believes Mustivar will fortify the squad.

“We are always looking to add quality players to our team and we feel as if we have done that with the addition of Soni,” Vermes said in a statement. “I believe that once he gets acclimated to the way we play, there are some special qualities in his game that will become very apparent.”

Sporting may get a taste of their new signing on opening day, when Vermes and Co. battle the Red Bulls on Mar. 8 at Sporting Park.