17 – The number of Finals that have gone to extra time in the history of the U.S. Open Cup. Seven Finals in the tournament’s modern era (1995-present) have seen extra times with both Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union having played in one of those matches. The Union fell to Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 last year, while Sporting KC went scoreless through the extra frames before defeating Sounders FC 3-2 on penalties at Sporting Park in 2012.
15 – The record number of goals Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien Le Toux has scored in the U.S. Open Cup’s modern era. Le Toux scored 11 with Seattle Sounders FC and four more with Philadelphia.
Sebastian Le Toux shields the ball from Seattle's Chad Marshall in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup Final.
14 – The number of times a club from Pennsylvania has won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Bethlehem Steel jointly holds the tournament record of five championships with Maccabi Los Angeles, winning all of them in the tournament’s first 15 years. The Philadelphia Ukrainians also won four during the 1960s. Other Pennsylvania clubs that have won include Harmarville Hurricanes (1952, 1956), Pittsburgh Morgan-Strasser (1949), Pittsburgh Gallatin (1942) and Uhrik Truckers of Philadelphia (1936).
(20)12 – The only previous time Sporting KC and Philadelphia Union have met in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play came in the 2012 Semifinals. Second-half goals from Jacob Peterson and Graham Zusi pushed Sporting past the Union 2-0 at PPL Park.
11 – The number of wins Sporting KC has in the U.S. Open Cup under Peter Vermes. The mark is the most by a Sporting KC head coach in the competition. Philadelphia Union boss Jim Curtin also holds the same record with his club with five overall wins.
10 – The number of different clubs that have won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the tournament’s modern era: Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC (4), D.C. United (3), Sporting KC and LA Galaxy (2), Richmond Kickers, FC Dallas, Rochester Rhinos, Columbus Crew SC, New England Revolution.
9 – The number of current Philadelphia Union players that appeared in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup Final defeat to Sounders FC. The goal scorer Maurice Edu is joined by Ethan White, Raymon Gaddis, Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux, Vincent Nogueira, Conor Casey and Fred.
8 – The number of different goal scorers between the Philadelphia Union and Sporting KC in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Philadelphia: Eric Ayuk (2), Fabinho, Sebastien Le Toux. Sporting KC: Dom Dwyer (5), Krisztian Nemeth (4), Benny Feilhaber (2), Soni Mustivar and Graham Zusi.
7 – The record number of goals scored by one team in a U.S. Open Cup Final. Pennsylvania-based Bethlehem Steel defeated Ben Millers of St. Louis in the 1925-26 Final, the club’s last championship, while Fall River Marksmen of Massachusetts won the club’s second U.S. Open Cup title with a 7-0 victory against Holley Carburetor of Michigan the following year.
Bethlehem Steel was one of the most successful club sides of the early 20th century, winning four Open Cup titles from 1915-1919.
6 – The number of U.S. Open Cup trophies won by the coaching staffs of the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City. Union head coach Jim Curtin and his assistant Mike Sorber won all three of their titles with the Chicago Fire – Curtin in 2003 and 2006 and Sorber in 2000. Peter Vermes of course led Sporting KC to the 2012 title. Kerry Zavagnin was his assistant in 2012 as well, but won the club’s first U.S. Open Cup title as a member of the Kansas City Wizards in 2004.
6 (again) – The number of players still on the Sporting KC roster from the club’s 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win: Roger Espinoza, Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Paulo Nagamura. Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong was also a substitute for Sporting KC in the shootout win.
5 – The number of goals Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer has bagged to lead the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup golden boot race. Former U.S. internationals Josh Wolff (2000 Chicago Fire), Herculez Gomez (2005 LA Galaxy) and Kenny Cooper (2014 Seattle Sounders FC) are standouts on a long list of players in the modern era that have scored six, could Dwyer join the list? Could he even set a modern era record with a brace in the final?
Sporting KC added the club's second U.S. Open Cup title in 2012. The team's first title came in 2004 when it was known as the Kansas City Wizards.
4 – The number of penalty kicks Philadelphia Union goalkeeper John McCarthy has saved during the team’s four-match run to the 2015 Final. After playing to a 0-0 draw with the Rochester Rhinos in Round Four play on June 16, McCarthy saved three penalties to dispatch the USL league-leaders. Just over a month later, McCarthy came up big again, decisively saving a penalty kick from the New York Red Bulls’ Lloyd Sam, setting up Fernando Aristeguieta for the winning spot kick.
3 – The number of consecutive U.S. Open Cup matches Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth has scored in. With a goal in Wednesday’s Final, Nemeth could match Kenny Cooper, who tallied in four straight U.S. Open Cup matches during Sounders FC’s run to the 2014 title.
2 – The number of states Sporting KC has won U.S. Open Cup titles in. Known as the Kansas City Wizards in 2004, Sporting KC defeated the Chicago Fire 1-0 in extra time at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Sporting defeated Seattle Sounders FC 3-2 on penalties to win the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting is the only club to win multiple U.S. Open Cup trophies while located in different states.