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2015 U.S. Open Cup, Final
  • Sebastien Le Toux (23')
  • Krisztián Németh (65')
Sporting Kansas City advance 7-6 on penalties
Sporting Kansas City advance 7-6 on penalties

Sporting KC beats Philadelphia Union 7-6 on penalties in U.S. Open Cup

A marathon U.S. Open Cup final on a rainy night at PPL Park in Philadelphia ended with Sporting Kansas City beating the Union 7-6 on penalties after the teams' 120 minutes of regulation play ended in a 1-1 draw.

Jordi Quintilla hit the decisive penalty as SKC earned its third trophy in four years after winning the U.S. Open Cup in 2012 and the MLS Cup in 2013.

Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, when Vincent Nogueira found the Union striker with a long ball that Le Toux calmly ran down and shot past SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia.

The Union continued to apply the pressure throughout the first half, with Melia making numerous saves to keep his team in the match.

His efforts paid off in the 65th minute when Graham Zusi picked up the ball in the Union penalty area and found Krisztian Nemeth, who hit a perfect first-time shot past Andre Blake to level the score at 1-1.

The Union made a surprise substitution as extra time wound down, bringing on backup goalkeeper John McCarthy, who specializes in saving penalties. McCarthy made one save, but his counterpart Melia was also equal to the task as Peter Vermes' team took the win.

The win earned Sporting Kansas City one of the United States' four spots in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.