Sporting Kansas City suffered elimination from the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, falling 4-1 to Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Gerso Fernandes drew Sporting level midway through the first half after Angelo Rodriguez had given Minnesota an early lead, but the Loons received a brace from Darwin Quintero and an Ethan Finlay strike in the second period to advance to the Round of 16.
The result condemns Sporting to their first Round of 32 defeat in the Open Cup since 2000, breaking an impressive streak of nine straight victories at this stage of the heralded knockout-style tournament.
Sporting has gone one-and-done in previous Open Cups, but those losses occurred either in the qualifying stages or in the Round of 16, before the tournament proper expanded to 32 teams and beyond.
Sporting KC in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 32 (All-Time)
|2000||at Chicago Sockers||T 0-0 (L 6-7 on PKs)|
|2001||vs. Seattle Sounders FC||W 4-0|
|2006||vs. Des Moines Menace||W 2-1|
|2012||vs. Orlando City SC||W 3-2|
|2013||vs. Des Moines Menace||W 2-0|
|2014||vs. Minnesota United FC||W 2-0|
|2015||vs. Saint Louis FC||W 1-0|
|2016||at Minnesota United FC||W 2-1 (AET)|
|2017||vs. Minnesota United FC||W 4-0|
|2018||at Real Salt Lake||W 2-0|
|2019||at Minnesota United FC||L 1-4|
Manager Peter Vermes’ side will now regroup before resuming their MLS regular season campaign on June 23, visiting Columbus Crew SC in a 4:30 p.m. CT kickoff at MAPFRE Stadium. The match will air live on FOX Sports Kansas City Plus and FOX Sports Midwest Plus.