Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sporting KC Downs New York 2-1 to Claim U.S. Open Cup

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sporting KC Downs New York 2-1 to Claim U.S. Open Cup

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting KC's Latif Blessing is one of the smallest players in the MLS.

However, the Ghana-born winger had one of the largest roles in Wednesday's match, scoring the eventual winner as Sporting lifted the U.S. Open Cup for the fourth time in team history, defeating New York 2-1 at Children's Mercy Park. It was the team's third U.S. Open Cup since 2012.

Blessing is listed at 5-foot-3, but in the 26th minute he managed to climb the ladder and burry a header into the back of the net to give Sporting the lead.

Leading up to the goal, the ball was switched to Sporting's winger-turned-right-back, Graham Zusi, who's inch-perfect cross found Blessing between both the Red Bull's center backs.

Blessing's energy was electrifying for the team. He was injured right before the break and manager Peter Vermes was forced to bring on Daniel Salloi. …

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