Sporting KC returns to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup action on Tuesday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sporting Kansas City returns to Lamar Hunt US Open Cup action on Tuesday for the first time in 1063 days.

Entering the fourth round of the 107th Open Cup, four-time Sporting KC champions host FC Dallas with a place in the round of 16 on the line at 7:30 p.m. at Children’s Mercy Park.

“Obviously it has been gone for several years because of COVID,” said Sporting KC manager and sports director Peter Vermes. “It’s good he came back. … It’s a tournament we’ve always taken seriously, and we will continue to do so. “

After a goalless draw on Saturday night at New York City FC, Sporting KC are facing some tough challenges with a turnaround for the Open Cup match.

“When you find yourself in such situations, it usually ends up being the decision of the day of the match, which it will be,” Vermes said.

Before Tuesday’s game, Vermes and his staff will “see who’s feeling well, see who has enough energy in the gas tank, and then we’ll make that decision.”

Central defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin remains off the field due to a concussion and surgery to repair a broken orbital bone.

Right-back Graham Zusi (thigh) also missed Saturday’s game, while named players Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda were ruled out of the season.

With three consecutive draws, Sporting KC has stopped bleeding after losing in five of its previous six games, but a strong run in the Open Cup – which the club won in 2004, 2012, 2015 and 2017 – could help the club energize.

“Certainly, this is a good opportunity for us to start our season in some way,” said midfielder Felipe Hernandez. “Winning a big away point a few days ago was big and definitely a big win in this tournament could start things for us.”

A recent installment of Sporting KC also includes a 2-2 draw on April 30 against FC Dallas, which beat Seattle Sounders FC at home on Saturday, but personnel changes could make that result irrelevant to the Open Cup rematch.

“I’m sure there will be things that will be different and you will have different players on the field and they are also changing the game,” Vermes said.

The opening of the Open Cup against FC Dallas will be broadcast live on ESPN +, but is not set to air.

“It’s a good opportunity for all of us,” Hernandez said. “I don’t think it’s different from a regular season game, because we want to win every game. We are excited to launch this. ”

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