Two MLS clubs will renew their regional rivalry on Wednesday as Sporting Kansas City visits Minnesota United FC in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. CT as Sporting aims to make inroads on a fifth U.S. Open Cup title.
Wednesday’s showdown will not be televised and can be seen exclusively on ESPN+, the live and on-demand streaming service that launched in 2018. Fans can start an ESPN+ subscription at just $4.99 a month, gaining access to hundreds of MLS and U.S. Open Cup matches as well as other ESPN events, original shows and films – including USL Championship and international soccer. Please note that all U.S. Open Cup matches in 2019 will stream live on ESPN+.
Sporting and Minnesota will meet in the U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round for the fourth time in six years. Manager Peter Vermes’ side prevailed on each of the previous three occasions, cruising on home turf in 2014 and 2017 and claiming an extra-time win at Minnesota in 2016. The matchup is one of five all-MLS fixtures in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round.
Should they defeat Minnesota on Wednesday, Sporting will learn their opponents for the tournament's Round of 16 on Thursday. The draw will place the remaining clubs into a fixed, geographically-based bracket, with Fifth Round matches slated for June 18-19. Kickoff times and venues for the Round of 16 will also be announced on Thursday.