Match Preview

Preview: Sporting KC hosts FC Dallas in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday


Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas
2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup | Quarterfinal
Wednesday, July 10 | 8 p.m. CT (8:10 kickoff)
Children's Mercy Park | Kansas City, Kansas

Broadcast Schedule:
Apple TV | Free on MLS Season Pass
English Radio | Sports Radio 810 WHB
Spanish Radio | La Grande 1340 AM

Sporting Kansas City will continue the club's quest for a record-tying fifth U.S. Open Cup trophy on Wednesday when the team hosts FC Dallas at 8 p.m. CT at Children's Mercy Park.

Tickets for the quarterfinal match-up are included in Sporting Kansas City season ticket packages and are also available via SeatGeek, including the Sporting U Pass offering $15 Supporters' Stand tickets for college students.

All of the action will stream free via MLS Season Pass on Apple TV in addition to local radio coverage on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM with live audio feeds of each broadcast available in the Sporting KC App.

The two MLS charter clubs will meet in the U.S. Open Cup just three days after Sporting earned a 3-2 win over FC Dallas on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park in league play. Willy Agada recorded a first-half brace with a pair of headers 12 minutes apart and midfielder Memo Rodriguez scored a sensational game-winning goal in the 82nd minute.

Agada now leads the team with seven goals this season, while Rodriguez has contributed a team-best six assists. The duo are joined in the attack by wingers Daniel Salloi, Sporting's top scorer all-time in the U.S. Open Cup with eight goals, and Johnny Russell, who has six goal contributions (four goals, two assists) in nine career U.S. Open Cup appearances.

Peter Vermes, fresh off his 200th regular season win as the club's manager on Sunday, has led Sporting to three of the team's four U.S. Open Cup titles - the most among active MLS coaches -- as Kansas City lifted the tournament trophy in 2004, 2012, 2015 and 2017. The four U.S. Open Cup triumphs are tied for most among MLS clubs and one shy of the record held by Maccabi Los Angeles and Bethlehem Steel in the competition's 109-year history.

The U.S. Open Cup, named in honor of former Kansas City Wizards owner Lamar Hunt, has crowned a champion since 1914. Wednesday's winner will advance to the semifinals, to be played on Aug. 27-28, and will host tonight's victor between Atlanta United and Indy Eleven. The competition will then crown a champion in September and award the Dewar Challenge Trophy along with $300,000 in prize money and a berth in the 2025 Concacaf Champions Cup.

Sporting Kansas City advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win in extra time at Union Omaha in the Round of 32 followed by a 4-0 victory against FC Tulsa in the Round of 16. Sporting has prevailed in 27 U.S. Open Cup matches since 2012, more than any other team in American soccer, during a run that includes an active 14-match home unbeaten streak in U.S. Open Cup play since the start of 2015.

Navigating a stretch of seven games in 22 days, Sporting is set for a sixth all-time meeting with FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup with wins in each of the previous five encounters. FC Dallas, two-time U.S. Open Cup champions and four-time finalists, earned a 1-0 home win over Memphis 901 FC in this year's Round of 32 and recorded the team's only road win of the season (1-8-3) with a 2-1 victory at the Tampa Bay Rowdies to secure their spot in the quarterfinals.

Led by interim head coach Peter Luccin, FC Dallas' roster is headlined by Designated Player Petar Musa. The Croatian striker - signed from Benfica on a club-record transfer fee in the offseason -- has 11 goals this season, including six goals in his past five games. On the opposite end of the field, Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Paes anchors the defense as the MLS All-Star leads the league with 93 saves in 2024.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) for the remainder of the tournament starting in the quarterfinal round, the earliest implementation of VAR to date in the competition. Tim Ford will referee Wednesday's match-up in Kansas City with Kevin Stott serving in the VAR role.