On Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City defeated the New York Red Bulls by 2-1 in front of 21,523 fans and won 2017 US Open Cup title. It was Daniel Salloi who made this victory possible. It is reported that it was the third largest crowd ever to attend soccer match at Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas city.
Peter Vermes, the head coach of Sporting KC, said, ”As an organization, this is a very, very valued championship to us. If I remember correctly, 99 teams started out in this tournament, so for us to hoist the trophy in the knockout stage is pretty impressive for this group.” Sporting Kansas City won its US Open Cup for the first time in the year 2004 and then in 2012 and 2015. Thus, it is their fourth title since 2012.
Jesse Marsch, the Red Bulls Manager said, ”Obviously going down 2-0 is different than being down 1-0, but even at 2-0, our guys weren’t fazed. They continued to go after the game.” He added, ”Our team pushed. They gave everything they had to each other, to the game. I’m gutted for them. I’m just gutted for the organization and the fans, because it’s a heartbreaking moment.”
Vermes also said, ”We knew this would be a very difficult match in that they would come and throw everything forward. They have some young guys on their team. So do we. But one of the things about young guys is they have no fear, so they were coming the whole game.”
Marsch said, ”There are no consolation prizes in finals, but I feel like our team played great. I feel like our team went after the game, dictated the pace of the game in many ways – controlled many parts of it. And we were unlucky not to come away with more.”