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Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo renew their rivalry in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The game is set to kick off at 6 p.m. CT with a live stream

A pair of familiar foes will meet in the Open Cup for the second straight year and the third time in six seasons. Sporting KC ousted Houston in the 2015 quarterfinals en route to the championship while also winning a 2011 qualifying match. Wednesday's victor will host either FC Dallas or the Colorado Rapids in the quarterfinals on July 19 or 20. We take a statistical look at the matchup in our By The Numbers preview...


  • Sporting KC has faced Houston 21 times in all competitions since 2011, more than any other opponent (8-6-7 record). This includes five playoff games (2011-2013) and two U.S. Open Cup matches (2011, 2015).
  • The teams met four times across all competitions in 2015. Houston went 1-0-2 in the regular season, while Sporting KC beat the Dynamo in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
  • Wednesday's contest is a rematch of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal which Sporting KC won 3-1 at Children's Mercy Park. Houston took the lead through Will Bruin, but Sporting KC stormed back with second-half strikes from Benny Feilhaber, Dom Dwyer and Krisztian Nemeth to earn the victory.
  • Houston won the first regular season meeting of 2016, receiving goals from Giles Barnes and Andrew Wenger in a 2-0 result at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 7.
  • Sporting KC has failed to score in its last two visits to BBVA Compass Stadium, losing on both occasions.
  • Houston is 9-5-10 in the regular season series (5-3-5 mark at home) and 12-9-11 against Sporting KC in all competitions.
  • Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer has scored in six of his last eight appearances against Houston in all competitions.
  • Houston forward Will Bruin has scored in four of his last six appearances against Sporting KC in all competitions.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber scored three goals against Houston last season, including a brace in a thrilling 4-4 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on April 25, 2015.
  • Houston winger Giles Barnes has three goals and one assist in his last four MLS appearances against Sporting KC, including a goal and an assist in the Dynamo's 2-0 win on May 7.

Houston Dynamo

  • 2016 MLS record: 3-8-5, 14 points (10th in West)
  • 2016 MLS home record: 3-1-3 (13 GF, 8 GA)
  • Last five MLS games: 0-2-3, 3 points (L-T-T-T-L)
  • Open Cup 4th round result: W 4-0 vs. San Antonio FC
  • Best Open Cup finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)
  • Houston advanced to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 home win over San Antonio FC on June 15. Mauro Manotas, Alex, Raul Rodriguez and Leonel Miranda scored in the victory.
  • Houston has won three straight U.S. Open Cup home games by a combined 7-0 scoreline since the start of 2015.
  • Houston has shut out opponents in five of its last six U.S. Open Cup home games since 2013, winning all five.
  • Houston is winless in its last five MLS matches (0-2-3) and sits 19th in the MLS Supporters' Shield standings.

Sporting Kansas City

  • 2016 MLS record: 6-8-4, 22 points (7th in West)
  • 2016 MLS road record: 2-4-3 (7 GF, 9 GA)
  • Last five MLS games: 1-2-2, 5 points (L-L-T-W-T)
  • Open Cup 4th round result: W 2-1 (ET) at Minnesota United FC
  • Best Open Cup finish: Champions (2004, 2012 and 2015)
  • Sporting KC progressed to the Round of 16 with a 2-1 extra time win at Minnesota United FC on June 15. Benny Feilhaber scored a second-half penalty kick before Diego Rubio came off the bench to hammer home the 109th-minute game-winner.
  • Sporting KC has won four straight U.S. Open Cup road games dating back to 2011 (counting the 2015 final, which was recorded as a draw but won on penalty kicks).
  • Sporting KC is 11-2-2 in its last 15 U.S. Open Cup matches. The club won the 2012 and 2015 finals, but both games were recorded as draws.
  • Benny Feilhaber has three goals and six assists in his last six U.S. Open Cup appearances.

Milestones and Miscellany

  • Dom Dwyer is one shy of becoming the lone top scorer in Sporting KC Open Cup history. He is currently tied atop the chart with five career goals in the tournament.
  • Benny Feilhaber's six career assists for Sporting KC in the U.S. Open Cup are three more than any other player in club history.
  • Chance Myers is one game shy of tying Kerry Zavagnin's all-time U.S. Open Cup appearance record for Sporting KC (17).

Team stats (2016 regular season)

MLS rank in parenthesis (source:

<strong>Category (per game)</strong>
<strong>Sporting KC</strong>
Goals scored
1.00 (t-17th)
1.56 (6th)
Goals conceded
1.06 (2nd)
1.38 (11th)
13.9 (2nd)
11.9 (16th)
Shots on goal
4.3 (15th)
Passing accuracy
21.2 (3rd)
18.4 (13th)
19.4 (7th)
17.9 (16th)
Fouls committed
12.2 (13th)
13.0 (9th)
Shots faced
9.7 (1st)
13.7 (14th)

Recent #HOUvSKC meetings

  • Regular season record vs. Houston: 5-9-10
  • U.S. Open Cup record vs. Houston: 2-0-0
  • All competitions record vs. Houston: 9-12-11
W 2-0
BBVA Compass Stadium
Dwyer scores winner, Feilhaber tallies assist
L 1-3
Children's Mercy Park
Davis assists twice for Houston, Dwyer scores
T 4-4
BBVA Compass Stadium
Feilhaber (2), Dwyer, Barnes (2) and Bruin score in epic
W 3-1
Children's Mercy Park
Bruin nets first, but Dwyer and Feilhaber strike back
T 1-1
Children's Mercy Park
Feilhaber assists Dwyer early; Davis assists Clark late
L 0-1
BBVA Compass Stadium
DaMarcus Beasley and Brad Davis assist Will Bruin
L 0-2
BBVA Compass Stadium
Giles Barnes and Andrew Wenger score in first half