Thanks to goalkeeper Scott Angevine, the Des Moines Menace didn’t let things get out of hand against Sporting Kansas City during the third round of the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at Sporting Park.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Still, Sporting KC advanced to the fourth round rather easily with a 2-0 win on goals from Kei Kamara and Claudio Bieler in front of announced crowd of 15,621.
“You’ve got to applaud Des Moines tonight,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. “… I thought they played a solid game tonight. On the other side of it, I thought we dominated the game from beginning to end.”
Sporting KC — which outshot the Menace 21-3, including an 8-0 edge in shots on goal — took control from the opening whistle.
During the eighth minute, Chance Myers, who normally plays right back but started instead at right wing, found himself facing an empty net after a cross from the left made it all the way through the Des Moines goal box to the far post.
Myers tried to gently tap in the game’s first goal, but central defender Albert Edward appeared almost from thin air to block the shot away to safety.
Four minutes after Myers’ shot was blocked, midfielder Benny Feilhaber played a short corner to Mechack Jerome, who sent the ball on to Myers in the box.
Myers then rolled a rocket pass through the box, which Menace defender James Vollmer nicked with an outstretched right foot.
That touch wasn’t enough, however, to keep the ball from reaching forward Kei Kamara, who was unmarked at the far post and hammered Sporting KC into the lead with a one-time strike.
“At the end of the night, the only thing I would say disappointed me was the first goal that we gave away,” Menace coach Mike Jeffries said. “We tried to organize set pieces and be a little bit sharper on that”
Feilhaber gave it a rip from 30 yards away in the 26th minute, forcing a diving save from Angevine, a 2007 Blue Valley Northwest who signed with Sporting KC for a few weeks last summer.
Two minutes later, Des Moines settled in and nearly found an equalizer, Sporting KC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg roared off his line to take the ball off midfielder Abel Sebele’s right foot before he could shoot.
Sporting KC eventually put the game away with an insurance goal in the 73rd minute when Jacob Peterson whipped in a cross that Claudio Bieler redirected past Angevine at the far post.
Tickets for the Open Cup fourth-round showdown with Orlando City SC, which happens to be Sporting KC’s USL Pro affiliate, go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at Sporting Park.