No Hangover Here, Sporting KC Wins After the US Open Cup

Sporting KC won 2-1 against DC United just three days after becoming the US Open Cup Champions. Matt Besler is heading the ball away from Andy Najar.

Sporting KC played DC United just three days after a championship win. Some said they would not be able to win the game because of a so-called “Championship Hangover.”  Even though people doubted Sporting, they still won 2-1.  A minute before the first goal, Bill Hamid made an incredible save on a header by Aurelien Collin. The Hamid save resulted in a corner kick that Teal Bunbury headed for a goal in the 13th minute. At the 23rd minute mark, DC United’s Nick Deleon scored the first goal for DC. DeLeon later said,

“Andy [Najar] took one, two or three guys and I saw him making his run. He played in a beautiful ball to me. The chance was created by him and it was well done. It is what it is. Andy brings a different dynamic to the outside. He’s a good player going one-on-one.
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  Bill Hamid made another incredible save on a hard kicked ball by Teal Bunbury, in the 40th minute. With only one minute added to the first half, Sporting or DC could not score to end   Bill Hamid made another incredible save on a hard kicked ball by Teal Bunbury, in the 40th minute. With only one minute added to the first half, Sporting or DC could not score to end the first half.

  The second half started with DC United getting the ball but they did not do anything with it. They quickly turned it over to Sporting KC. In the 62nd minute, Sporting KC took the lead when Graham Zusi scored on a cross from Kei Kamara making the score 2-1 and giving Sporting KC the lead for good. After four minutes of added time, Sporting KC took the lead and the three points to regain first place in the league.  Peter Vermes thoughts on being in first place were,

“It’s just a good step in the right direction in pursuit of our goals in front of us. Next week, we keep playing a bunch of Eastern Conference teams and it’s going to be important for us to continue on this same vein. We’ll get after the next one but we’re in a good position now to keep the pressure on everyone else.”

  The “Championship Hangover” tag was quickly deleted after the game when Teal Bunbury was asked his thoughts on the tag. He said,

“We went out there. We didn’t want to have a let down.  DC is a good team and you know that tag is gone and we didn’t have a hangover.”

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