Peterson Joseph made his first start of the season, but left in the 59th with an undisclosed injury.
It was a fortuitous injury as these things go, because it forced manager Peter Vermes to alter his substitution pattern.
Teal Bunbury had been announced as a sub in the 57th minute for Soony Saad, but Vermes called Bunbury back before he entered the pitch.
Instead, Graham Zusi came on for Joseph and six minutes later Saad scored the go-ahead goal.
Saad, a promising 19-year-old forward, added the game-winning goal four minutes later.
With overtime a possibility in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, Vermes couldn’t afford to burn two subs before the 60th minute, which helped ignite Saad to pace Sporting KC into the tourney’s fourth round.Goliath has the upper hand
At press time, seven MLS teams —– the Los Angeles Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution, Columbus Crew, Dallas FC, Real Salt Lake and Chicago Fire — bowed out Tuesday night.
MLS teams were 5-7 with the San Jose Earthquakes trailing the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-0 in the second half and Chivas USA leading the Ventura County Fusion 1-0 in matches yet to finish.
Next for Sporting KC, which advances to the quarterfinals for the eighth time and the fourth time in the last five seasons, will host the Colorado Rapids, who took down the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1 in the third round, at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Livestrong Sporting Park.
The teams played to a 2-2 draw May 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.