Des Moines Menace goalkeeper Scott Angevine made his long-awaited Sporting Park debut Tuesday in the third round of the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Angevine, a 2007 graduate of Blue Valley Northwest High School, played for the Sporting Juniors and trained the last two seasons with Sporting Kansas City.
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He signed a contract with the club briefly last summer when Sporting KC’s reserve goalkeepers, Eric Kronberg and Jon Kempin, were both injured in late July.
Angevine also had stints with the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers as an MLS pool goalkeeper, but nothing compared with suiting up at Sporting Park — even if it was for the visiting team.
“It was a great feeling to be back here at Sporting Park,” Angevine said. “When the bus pulled up in front of the stadium, I couldn’t help but smile.”
No scrubs for Vermes
Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes didn’t pull any punches, trotting out a lineup with 585 career MLS appearances.
That starting group, which has made 444 starts, included forward Kei Kamara, defender/right wing Chance Myers, C.J. Sapong, Aurelien Collin, Benny Feilhaber and Josh Gardner, who’ve all played at least 50 MLS games.
Of course, the game did also mark 2013 first-round pick Mikey Lopez’s Sporting KC debut. He played 76 minutes before subbing off late.
“It felt good to finally be out there with the big crowd and get my first pro game over with,” said Lopez, who heads to France on Wednesday to join the U.S. under-20 men’s national team.
Dwyer scores two for Orlando
Dom Dwyer, who was Sporting KC’s first-round pick in 2012 and is one of four players on loan as part of the affiliate agreement, scored two goals for Orlando City SC in a 3-1 win Tuesday against the Colorado Rapids.
Next, Orlando City, which is Sporting KC’s USL Pro affiliate, plays its parent club in the fourth round at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at Sporting Park.