Beyond The Box Score: Sporting's winning run in Open Cup Round of 32 snapped at Minnesota

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)

Year Opponent Result
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.