After this week, it is safe to say that Kansas City is the soccer capital of the United States. This week, not only did Sporting Kansas City win the US Open Cup Championship, but FC Kansas City (the women’s team) became the first NWSL team to win back to back championships.
I can see some people reading this and thinking to themselves, I never even knew Kansas City had a professional women’s soccer team [if you read Mindy’s article, you should]. FC Kansas City plays their games at Swope Soccer Village (where Sporting practices) and their tickets are reasonably priced, if you ever want to check out a game. Amy Rodriguez won the game for FC Kansas City by scoring the game’s only goal against Seattle Reign FC. FC Kansas City won 1-0.
Sporting Kansas City won in a little longer of a battle-in front of 1,000 Sporting Kansas City fans vs. a little over 13,000 Philadelphia Union fans. Philadelphia took a 1-0 nothing lead heading into the half. Sporting tied the game in the 65th minute with a goal from Krisztian Nemeth. The game then went into two overtimes, but neither team could produce any goals. Next came the penalty kicks.
Sporting Kansas City is no stranger to penalty kicks. Sporting won the 2012 US Open Cup and the 2013 MLS Cup because of penalty kicks. Sporting’s experience showed on Wednesday night when they hit seven of the team’s eight attempts. Both goal keepers came up big with back to back saves as Sporting won 7-6 in eight rounds of penalty kicks. After a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union, Sporting pulled out the win to take home the US Open Cup.