Sporting KC vs Houston Dynamo
Tuesday, July 21 - 7:30 p.m. CT
Sporting Park | Kansas City, KS
Online: Live Stream on SportingKC.com
English Radio: Sports Radio 810 WHB
Spanish Radio: La Grande 1340 AM
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Sporting Kansas City continues their run in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night by hosting the Houston Dynamo. Tickets for the quarterfinal match are included in Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Packages as Special Game A and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
The live stream, presented by the Darol Rodrock Foundation will be available on SportingKC.com beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT. Fans can also listen to the match on Sports Radio 810 WHB in English or on La Grande 1340 AM in Spanish.
Major League Soccer teams based in the U.S. entered this year's tournament in the Fourth Round with Sporting KC prevailing 1-0 over St. Louis FC (USL) in the team's first competitive match against a St. Louis opponent. The match drew 19,298 fans for the largest fourth round attendance in the tournament's modern era and a new club record for the competition. Graham Zusi scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Benny Feilhaber, however Zusi will miss Tuesday's game as he remains with the U.S. MNT ahead of the 2015 Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday.
Sporting Kansas City next defeated FC Dallas 6-2 in the Round of 16 with Dom Dwyer setting a single-game club record with four goals. Krisztian Nemeth added two goals in the victory and Feilhaber tallied three assists to give him four total assists in 2015 U.S. Open Cup play. The six-goal performance matched the highest-scoring game in club history along with a 6-1 victory against the Des Moines Menace in the 2005 U.S. Open Cup.
Both victories in this year's tournament have come during the team's current eight-game home winning streak across all competition, tying the all-time club mark set in 2004 when KC won their first of two U.S. Open Cup titles. Most recently, Sporting KC lifted the Dewar Challenge Trophy in 2012 during a championship run in which nine members of the team's active roster played a part. A victory on Tuesday will mark the 300th in club history for Sporting Kansas City.
The Houston Dynamo are yet to allow a goal in this year's tournament with a 2-0 win over the Austin Aztex (USL) and a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids. Nineteen-year-old Colombian striker Mauro Manotas sent Houston through to the quarterfinals with the game-winner in his first start for the Dynamo.
Led by first year head coach Owen Coyle, the Dynamo will be without Giles Barnes (Jamaica) and DaMarcus Beasley (USA) due to international duty. In addition, Jermaine Taylor and Boniek Garcia are sidelined by injuries suffered during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Sporting KC and the Dynamo have a recent history of meeting in knockout matches, including clashes in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Dynamo ended Sporting KC seasons in back-to-back years before Sporting KC advanced past Houston en route to claiming MLS Cup 2013.
The two teams will write a new chapter in the rivalry's history on Tuesday as they square off for the first time in the U.S. Open Cup proper. The clubs did face one another in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier in 2011, when Sporting KC earned a 1-0 extra-time victory in College Station, Texas.