Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas | 2017 US Open Cup Preview

Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas
2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Quarterfinals
Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kan. 
Tuesday, Jul 11 – 8:30 p.m. ET

One of dual notable things is guaranteed to occur on Tuesday night, when Sporting Kansas City horde FC Dallas in a quarterfinals of a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Either Sporting’s 11-match dominant home run opposite all competitions this year is going to come to an end, or Dallas’ hopes of a second true Open Cup pretension will be dashed. It’s an intriguing assembly between dual teams with evident prize ambitions as good as past hardware in this tournament: FCD and SKC are a 2016 and 2015 Open Cup champions, respectively. 

Both sides will be traffic with poignant general absences for a CONCACAF Gold Cup, so abyss will be pivotal in this one. And Dallas have already displayed that peculiarity once this deteriorate during Children’s Mercy Park, holding Sporting to a scoreless pull on Mar 11 with manager Oscar Pareja holding out pivotal players for a CONCACAF Champions League.

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting haven’t mislaid anywhere given descending 1-0 during Colorado on May 27, going 4-0-4 opposite all competitions given then. But their final dual outings during home have finished in 1-1 joining draws. Obviously, nobody can travel divided with separate points from this one – and that’s where Sporting have a poignant corner if a compare goes to penalties.

Tim Melia has stopped 3 of 5 kicks from a mark this year – and he has shootout knowledge in a Open Cup, with Sporting’s 2015 pretension compare opposite a Philadelphia Union going to penalties before Sporting prevailed.

Then again, it competence not get that far. Melia is enjoying a career deteriorate with 11 purify sheets opposite all competitions, and he has nonetheless to concur in Open Cup play. If Sporting can find one goal, that competence be all they need.

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: D Matt Besler (USA), D Graham Zusi (USA), F Dom Dwyer (USA)
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: M – Gerso (dislocated shoulder)

Projected Starting XI (4-3-3, right to left): Tim Melia – Saad Abdul-Salaam, Ike Opara, Kevin Ellis, Seth Sinovic – Roger Espinoza, Ilie Sanchez, Benny Feilhaber – Daniel Salloi, Soony Saad, Latif Blessing

FC Dallas

FCD narrowly done it out of a fourth round, wanting a stoppage-time possess idea to kick a USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks 2-1, though they come into a buliding on full steam after violence Colorado 3-1 during home in a fifth round. They’re also on an dominant run of their own, going 6 true though a detriment opposite all competitions.

But while they still have copiousness of aggressive energy accessible for a quarterfinals, a shorthanded back line could infer cryptic if Sporting can get their offense to click in a deficiency of striker Dom Dwyer.

Defenders Matt Hedges (USA) and Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) and pivotal midfielder Kellyn Acosta (USA) are divided on Gold Cup duty. That could be a problem not usually when Sporting are on a attack, though also when they’re high-pressing Dallas in their possess third.

  • Suspended: None
  • Int’l Duty: M Kellyn Acosta, D Matt Hedges (US), D Maynor Figueroa (Honduras)
  • Injury Report: NONE

Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Jesse Gonzalez – Hernan Grana, Walker Hume, Atiba Harris, Ryan Hollingshead – Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo – Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, Roland Lamah – Maxi Urruti

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