Sporting KC beats Red Bulls 2-1 to win 4th US Open Cup title

Sporting Kansas City forward Latif Blessing (9) celebrates his goal with teammate Roger Espinoza, left, during the first half in the final of the U.S. Open Cup soccer tournament against the New York Red Bulls in Kansas City, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Kansas City, Kan. (AP) -- Latif Blessing scored midway through the first half, Daniel Salloi added a breakaway goal in the second and Sporting Kansas City held on to beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Wednesday night for its fourth U.S. Open Cup title.

The fast-paced match featured plenty of chances by both Major League Soccer clubs, but it was the pint-sized Blessing whose header in the 25th minute that put Sporting KC ahead to stay.

The Red Bulls' Michael Murillo had just won a free kick, but Kansas City quickly cleared and went on the counter-attack. Graham Zusi got the ball on the wing, and the U.S. national team mainstay curled in a cross that the Blessing managed to connect with between four defenders.