CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Sept. 30, 2015) – Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztian Nemeth equalized in the 65th minute and midfielder Jordi Quintillà scored the winning penalty kick in the eighth round of the shootout to give Sporting Kansas City a 7-6 win on penalty kicks and the club’s third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. A crowd of 14,463 was in attendance for the match at PPL Park.
Sporting Kansas City previously won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004 and 2012. With the win, Sporting moves into a tie for the third most tournament titles all-time with D.C. United, New York Pancyprian Freedoms and Stix, Baer & Fuller.
Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux scored the game’s opening goal in the 23rd minute, extending the his modern era tournament goal scoring record to 16. With his second half strike, Nemeth tied teammate Dom Dwyer for the tournament’s Golden Boot with five goals.
"We knew it was going to be an uphill climb coming in here," said Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes. "You’re playing away from home in front of a tough crowd and a tough team. I think they’re a good team and they’re in form right now. I thought in the first half they were the better team; the second half, we really started to bring it on them. In the overtime we were very good, I thought we managed the game very well. Our Experience came out in the penalty kicks; we’ve been through this too many times now.”
After drawing blanks in the extra frame, penalty kicks were needed to determine a champion. After two rounds of penalties were converted, Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia saved the third round effort from the Union’s Maurice Edu. Having entered the match for Andre Blake just before the shootout, Philadelphia goalkeeper John McCarthy responded by saving Nemeth’s attempt to keep things level.
The two clubs continued to trad penalty conversions, taking the shootout into sudden death. In the eighth round, Philadelphia’s Ray Gaddis saw his effort saved by Melia, setting up Quintillà’s winning effort.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux (Vincent Nogueira), 23rd minute: Catching Sporting KC out in transition, Union midfielder Vincent Nogueira threaded a dangerous ball across the field from the left and into space for Sebastien Le Toux. The Frenchman took a touch to beat Seth Sinovic before burying his effort past Tim Melia. PHI 1, SKC 0 (SEE GOAL)
SKC – Krisztian Nemeth (Graham Zusi), 65th minute: Chance Myers found his way up the right before centering for Graham Zusi at the top of the penalty area. Zusi quickly slid his pass to the left to find Krisztian Nemeth, who slyly curled his right-footed effort inside past Andre Blake and inside the right post. PHI 1, SKC 1 (SEE GOAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
PHI – Maurice Edu, 3rd minute: An early run down the left from the Philadelphia Union’s Cristian Maidana resulted in a corner kick. Maidana’s ensuing take picked out Maurice Edu who hit a hard, one-time effort that Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia pawed away.
SKC – Krisztian Nemeth, 9th minute: After a bit more possession from Sporting KC, Krisztian Nemeth plays a quick one-two combination with Dom Dwyer at the top of the penalty area. The resulting pass sees Nemeth in on goal, but his right-footed effort is well held by Union goalkeeper Andre Blake.
SKC – Paulo Nagamura, 12th minute: Benny Feilhaber found space for a free cross at the end line on the right and hit a powerful ball which found Graham Zusi on the other side of the area. Zusi quickly laid back for Paulo Nagamura, whose first time effort clanged off the right post before Blake recovered the rebound.
PHI – C.J. Sapong, 20th minute: Cristian Maidana’s quick cross from the right is nodded in the air by Tranquillo Barnetta before falling for Sapong whose bicycle kick was well-held by Tim Melia.
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux and Tranquillo Barnetta, 37th minute: In a similar play to his 23rd minute goal, Sebastien Le Toux crept in on the right, unleashing a quick effort that Tim Melia came well of his line to turn away. Tranquillo Barnetta collected in the corner, and turned back towards goal, unleashing a blast that Melia had to palm out for a corner kick.
PHI – Conor Casey: 79th minute: Moments after coming on, Casey was slipped into the box on the right, powering his shot towards the near post where Melia palmed the ball out for a corner kick.
- With Sporting Kansas City winning the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the team is rewarded with a spot in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League and a cash prize of $250,000. Philadelphia Union earns $60,000 for being the tournament runner-up.
- This is the 16th consecutive year an MLS team has won the U.S. Open Cup. The only organization to interrupt MLS teams’ dominance of the tournament is the Rochester Raging Rhinos, who defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the 1999 final.
- Sebastien Le Toux’s 23rd minute strike extended his modern era U.S. Open Cup goal scoring record with his 16th career goal in the competition. The goal was Le Toux’s second of the 2015 tournament.
- Krisztian Nemeth is just the fourth player in the modern era to tally in four straight games during the tournament. The others: Diego Serna (2000 Miami Fusion), Herculez Gomez (2005 LA Galaxy), Kenny Cooper (2014 Seattle Sounders FC).
- The 2015 U.S. Open Cup Golden Boot Race ended in a tie between Sporting Kansas City teammates Krisztian Nemeth and Dom Dwyer who both finished the competition with five goals.
- Having previously won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004 and 2012, Sporting Kansas City’s third title brings the club into a tie with D.C. United, New York Pancyprian Freedoms and Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C.
- This is the eighth final in the modern era that has gone to extra time and fourth time the final was decided by penalty kicks.
- Kansas City’s starting lineup featured Tim Melia in goal, with a back line of Chance Myers, captain Matt Besler, Kevin Ellis and Seth Sinovic. The midfield of SKC’s 4-4-2 formation included Soni Mustivar, Benny Feilhaber, Paulo Nagamura and Graham Zusi. Krisztian Nemeth and Dom Dwyer were paired up front.
- Philadelphia’s starters included Andre Blake in goal and a defensive unit featuring Raymon Gaddis, captain Maurice Edu, Richie Marquez and Fabinho. Sebastian Le Toux was joined in the midfield by Vincent Nogueira, Michael Lahoud and Cristian Maidana. Tranquillo Barnetta and C.J. Sapong partnered up top.
-2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Report-
Match: Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Date: Sept. 30, 2015
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 67 degrees; Rainy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 OT1 OT2 F PKs
PHI 1 0 0 0 1 6
SKC 0 1 0 0 1 7
PHI – Sebastian Le Toux (Vincent Nogueira) 23rd minute
SKC – Krisztian Nemeth (Graham Zusi) 65
Penalty Kick Summary:
PHI – Sebastian Le Toux (goal), Vincent Nogueira (goal), Maurice Edu (saved), Tranquillo Barnetta (goal) , Conor Casey (goal), Michael Lahoud (goal), Ray Gaddis (goal), Andrew Wenger (saved)
SKC – Benny Feilhaber (goal), Dom Dwyer (goal), Krisztian Nemeth (saved), Matt Besler (goal), Paulo Nagamura (goal), Graham Zusi (goal), Kevin Ellis (goal), Jordi Quintilla (goal)
PHI: 1-Andre Blake; 28-Ray Gaddis, 8-Maurice Edu, 16-Richie Marquez, 33-Fabinho; 9-Sebastian Le Toux, 13-Michael Lahoud, 5-Vincent Nogueira, 10-Christian Maidana (6-Connor Casey, 77); 85-Tranquillo Barnetta, C.J. Sapong (11-Andrw Wenger, 115+1)
Substitutions Not Used: 55-John McCarthy, 2-Warren Creavalle, 7-Brian Carroll, 14-Eric Ayuk, 23-Steven Vitoria
Head Coach: Jim Curtin
SKC: 29-Tim Melia; 7-Chance Myers (37-Jacob Peterson, 112), 5-Matt Besler, 4-Kevin Ellis, 15-Seth Sinovic (17- Saad Abdoul-Salaam, 78); 93-Soni Mustivar (96-Jordi Quintilla, 66), 10-Benny Feilhaber, 6-Paulo Nagamura, 8-Graham Zusi; 9-Kriztian Nemeth, 14-Dom Dwyer
Substitutions Not Used: 21-Jon Kempin, 2-Erik Palmer-Brown, 11-Bernardo Anor, 12-Miguel Lopez
Head Coach: Peter Vermes
Stats Summary: PHI / SKC
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 9 / 5
Saves: 4 / 8
Corner Kicks: 9 / 6
Fouls: 18 / 25
Offside: 5 / 1
PHI – Michael LaHoud (caution) 21st minute
SKC - Kevin Ellis (caution) 34
PHI –Tranquillo Barnetta (caution) 58
SKC – Jordi Quintilla (caution) 76
SKC – Matt Besler (caution) 86
PHI – C.J. Sapong (caution) 91
SKC – Paulo Nagamura (caution) 94
SKC – Graham Zusi (caution) 104
SKC – Chance Myers (caution) 106
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Anderson
Assistant Referee 2: James Conlee
Fourth Official: Chris Penso