Post-Game Notes: New York Red Bulls Fall in 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final

New York Red Bulls 1, Sporting Kansas City 2

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final

Wednesday, September 20 2017 - 9 p.m. ET

Children's Mercy Park | Kansas City, Kan.

Box Score 

Scoring Summary: 

KC - Latif Blessing (Graham Zusi) 25'

KC - Daniel Salloi (Benny Feilhaber) 67'

NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips (unassisted) 90+1'

Misconduct Summary:

KC - Seth Sinovic (caution, unsporting behavior) 4'

NY - Aaron Long (caution, foul) 27'

NY - Tyler Adams (caution, foul) 57'

KC - Ike Opara (caution, foul) 90+6'

New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara; Kemar Lawrence (Sal Zizzo, 66'), Michael Amir Murillo, Aaron Long, Fidel Escobar, Tyler Adams, Felipe, Alex Muyl (Gonzalo Veron, 71'), Sacha Kljestan ©, Sean Davis (Muhamed Keita, 76'), Bradley Wright-Phillips


Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic, Roger Espinoza, Ilie Sanchez, Benny Feilhaber, Gerso Fernandes (Jimmy Medranda, 56'), Diego Rubio (Kévin Oliveira, 82'), Latif Blessing (Daniel Salloi, 43')



Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Assistant Referees: Jason White, Andrew Bigelow

Fourth Official: Jeffrey Muschik

Attendance: 21,523

  • The New York Red Bulls fell to Sporting Kansas City, 2-1 in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final on Wednesday night at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • It was the second time in franchise history that New York reached the Open Cup Final. The club fell to the Chicago Fire in the 2003 final in the Meadowlands.
  • New York had chances early, but Kansas City took the lead on a Latif Blessing header in the 25th minute. Blessing found space inside the six yard box and put home a cross off the foot of Graham Zusi.
  • Kansas City doubled the advantage on a second-half goal from substitute Daniel Salloi.
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips gave New York a chance heading into stoppage time, putting home the rebound of a Tim Melia save off of a Gonzalo Veron shot.
  • During the run to the final, New York defeated rivals New York City FC and Philadelphia Union at home before going on the road to down the New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati in dramatic fashion.
  • Wright-Phillips finishes the tournament as the team's top scorer with four goals, also tied for most in the tournament with FC Cincinnati's Djiby Fall and Miami FC's Stefano Pinho. Danny Royer, Gonzalo Veron and Sacha Kljestan each scored once during New York's run to the final.
  • Ryan Meara played in goal for all five matches, recording two shutouts and helping the Red Bulls to a penalty shootout victory over the Philadelphia Union.
  • Under Jesse Marsch, the Red Bulls are 6-2-2 in the Open Cup. New York advanced on penalties after one of the draws (2017), and was eliminated after the other (2015).  
  • The Red Bulls return to MLS action on Saturday, with a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff in Columbus. The match against Crew SC will have coverage on MSG+ and Red Bulls Radio. New York is back home to host rival D.C. United on Wednesday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m.



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