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Berth In Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semis On The Line

Dynamo Host Sporting Kansas City Wednesday

July 17, 2018 - 4:28 pm
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HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – With back-to-back wins in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup behind them, the Dynamo look to continue their run with a win against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Dynamo cruised by NTX Rayados, 5-0, in their first match of the tournament on June 6.  12 days later, Mauro Manotas early second half goal was all the Dynamo needed to slip past Minnesota United FC, 1-0, and advance the Dynamo to the quarterfinals. 

Sporting Kansas City advanced to this point with a 2-0 win at Real Salt Lake and then a 3-2 victory against FC Dallas.

The Dynamo have the home field advantage, which they look to exploit.  In MLS and U.S. Open Cup action, the Dynamo have gone eight matches in a row without a loss.

SKC have went winless in their last four road matches, including three straight losses.  The last time Sporting won on the road was the 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake in their first match of the U.S. Open Cup.

One of the most storied rivalries in the MLS has already seen one match between the two clubs this season.  Less than a month ago, on June 23, Sporting Kansas City would overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit at home to defeat the Dynamo, 3-2. 

The rivalry added more history last season.  First, Sporting defeated the Dynamo in Houston 2-0 in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  SKC would go on to win the U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls.  The win was the third time Sporting Kansas City lifted the cup in the last six years.

In 2016, the Dynamo eliminated SKC in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup, and in 2015, SKC defeated the Dynamo in the quarterfinals. 

The Dynamo would get revenge in the MLS Cup playoffs as they defeated Sporting Kansas City, 1-0 in the knockout stage of the Western Conference Knockout round.