Match Preview

Match Preview: Sporting KC hosts Tulsa Athletic on Tuesday in U.S. Open Cup


Sporting Kansas City vs. Tulsa Athletic
2023 U.S. Open Cup | Third Round
Tuesday, April 25 | 7:30 p.m. CT (7:33 kickoff)
Children's Mercy Park | Kansas City, Kan.

Broadcast Schedule:
Live Stream | SKC YouTube Channel
English Radio | Sports Radio 810 WHB
Spanish Radio | La Grande 1340 AM

Sporting Kansas City will begin play in the 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Children's Mercy Park as the club takes on Tulsa Athletic with the winner advancing to the Round of 32.

Tickets for the Third Round match are included in all Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Member packages and can also be purchased via SeatGeek, including a special buy one, get one offer for fans to secure Price Chopper South Stand seats for the club's two home matches this week for only $28.

Tuesday's match will stream live on YouTube and can be viewed at or in the Sporting KC App. In addition, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM will broadcast the match on local radio with streams available in the Sporting KC App.

Tulsa Athletic, one of only two amateur teams remaining in this year's field, have reached the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time and will now face an MLS opponent for the first time in the club’s 11-year history. After a 1-0 win over Brazos Valley Cavalry FC of USL League Two in the First Round, Tulsa Athletic upset local USL Championship side FC Tulsa in the Second Round with another 1-0 victory. Set to begin their season in the National Premier Soccer League next month, Tulsa Athletic were NPSL National Championship runners-up in 2021 and NPSL National Semifinalists in 2022.

Led by first-year head coach Jason Rogers, Tulsa Athletic's roster is comprised primarily of Oklahoma natives or products of collegiate soccer programs in the state. Goalkeeper Bryson Reed has recorded 11 saves and two clean sheets in the first two rounds of the 2023 U.S. Open Cup, while Serbian striker Stefan Cvetanovic and defender KB Harris have contributed the team's two goals in the tournament.

Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Oliveira captains a squad that also features 33-year-old defender Chris Taylor, a member of the Portland Timbers in 2011 and 2012, as well as 21-year-old midfielder Ciaran Winters, a former Sporting KC Academy player who was part of FC Tulsa in the USL Championship the last three years.

The U.S. Open Cup, named in honor of former Kansas City Wizards owner Lamar Hunt, has crowned a champion since 1914 and Sporting KC are four-time winners (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017) of U.S. Soccer's national championship, tied for the most among MLS clubs. Sporting have prevailed in 24 U.S. Open Cup matches since 2012, more than any other team in American soccer, during a run that includes an active 12-match home unbeaten streak in U.S. Open Cup play since the start of 2015.

Open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer, the 2023 U.S. Open Cup features a field of 99 clubs - including a modern-era record 71 professional squads - and a champion will be crowned in September after eight rounds of single-elimination play. The winner of the 108th edition of the competition will claim the Dewar Challenge Trophy along with $300,000 in prize money and a berth in the 2024 Concacaf Champions League.