Kansas City was denied a soccer derby (which means in-town rivalry) in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup after the KC Athletics (an amateur team) were unceremoniously dumped out of the competition 7-0 by Orlando City SC.
Sporting Kansas City will host Orlando on May 29th at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Tickets, starting as low as $13, are currently on sale for Tuesday’s third round match-up and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the LSP Box Offices. All Sporting Kansas CitySeason Ticket Members will receive a ticket to the match, and all subsequent Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup home matches through the quarterfinals, as part oftheir season ticket package.
The Athletics, who play in the United States Adult Soccer Association (the fifth-tier of the American soccer pyramid), beat the Real Colorado Foxes (of the Premier Development League; fourth-tier) 3-1. This year is the second that the Athletics qualified for the Open Cup. In 2010, the squad fell in the first round.
Orlando City, the reigning champions of the USL Pro league (the third-tier), demolished KC on the strength of two-goal performances by Max Griffin and John Rooney (brother of Manchester United forward Wayne).
Last year, Sporting Kansas City crashed out of the Open Cup with a loss to fellow USL Pro-side the Richmond Kickers. (Warning to KC fans: Orlando City is a much better team than Richmond. So far in 2012, Orlando has yet to lose.)
The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest annual team tournament in American sports history with origins in 1914 and is named after Lamar Hunt, the original founder of Sporting Kansas City. Sporting Kansas City won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004, defeating the Chicago Fire 1-0 on a golden goal by striker Igor Simutenkov at Arrowhead Stadium.