After a 1-1 draw and a scoreless extra time, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia made a pair of saves in the penalty kick shootout to edge the San Jose Earthquakes 5-4.
San Jose Earthquakes/San Jose Clash
For the first time since 2011, the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will feature a non-MLS team.
If you had to pick an image to describe the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match-up between Sporting Kansas City and the San Jose Earthquakes, you would be hard pressed to find a better one than two trains approaching each other on the same track from opposite directions.
On Friday morning, the United States Soccer Federation announced the draw for the Semifinals and the Final for the 2017 US Open Cup.
The California Clasico will decide the first of four US Open Cup semifinalists in 2017. The San Jose Earthquakes will host long-time rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy, at Avaya Stadium in the Quarterfinals on Monday, July 10.
The San Jose Earthquakes needed a late goal from Danny Hoesen to get by a 10-man Seattle Sounders side in the Round of 16 of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. San Jose took the lead early and went up a man in the first half, but still needed an 84th minute winner to reach the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.
It took extra time, a penalty shootout and a couple of local heroes to send the Seattle Sounders to the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup for the fifth time in the last six years.
Khari Stephenson equalized with a first half stoppage time penalty kick, and Cordell Cato netted the game winner late in the second half to give San Jose its first Open Cup win in nearly two years.
To date, the Open Cup has only had a Fourth Round six times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013).
Since 1996, only six teams have advanced to the Semifinals after beginning play in the First Round. The Rochester Rhinos (2009), Charleston Battery (2008), Carolina RailHawks (2007), San Francisco Bay Seals (1997) and the Seattle Sounders who did it twice in 2007 and 2008. San Francisco remain as the only “third division” club (now the USL Pro) to advance to the final four during that span.