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Sporting Kansas City beats Philadelphia Union in penalties for U.S. Open Cup title

Sporting Kansas City beats Philadelphia Union in penalties for U.S. Open Cup title

Jordi Quintilla scored the winner in the eighth round of penalty kicks, Tim Melia made two saves in the tiebreaker and Sporting Kansas City beat the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night for their third U.S. Open Cup title.

Sporting KC won the shootout 7-6 after the teams played to a 1-1 tie.

The championship was Sporting KC's third major trophy in four years. They also won the 2012 U.S. Open Cup and 2013 MLS Cup on penalty kicks. Sporting won its first U.S. Open Cup in 2004.

“There's just something about this group of guys on penalty kicks in championship games,” captain Matt Besler said. “Once the ref blew the whistle on the second extra time, we...

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