Kickers playing Cinderella at semifinals of the US Open Cup

The Kickers continue their cinderella story in the US Open Cup, beating a second MLS team in a row! Play the Chicago Fire on August 30th in the semi-finals!

Our Richmond Kickers pulled off an improbable win last night in Kansas City! The Kickers were the only non-MLS team left in the US Open Cup tournament, having played two games this past weekend, faced a Sporting KC side that was on a 12-match unbeaten streak and playing at the newest stadium in MLS. It’s been a fortress for Sporting KC since it’s opening. Against those odds, the Kickers were able to come away from an impressive 2-0 victory. The match was tied 0-0, with Sporting controlling much of the play, when a lightning storm blew into Kansas City and caused an 81 minute weather delay. That break was what the Kickers needed as they were able to put the game away after play resumed.

Here are some links to recaps of the game: Kickers Oust Kansas City; Recap: KC eliminated from U.S. Open Cup.

The Kickers advance to face the Chicago Fire in the semi-finals on August 30th. This is the farthest Richmond has advanced in the tournament since winning it in 1995 (the final pre-MLS cup competition). To catch the Kickers closer to home, come on out to City Stadium on Saturday at 7pm to see the Kickers host Antigua Barracuda FC in regular season play!


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  1. Justin on said:

    So how do I get tickets to the Chicago game?

  2. Justin: These matches aren’t big draws for the MLS teams until the final. Chicago gave away free admission and parking to their game yesterday. Not sure if they will do that next round or not. They just found out who/where they would be playing so it’s not on their site yet, but their single game ticket site where it will show up is here:

  3. This should be just as big of deal as the that basketball stuff that went down earlier this year. Congrats to the players, the staff and to the fans of the Richmond Kickers. Some nifty facts below that give some context on this impressive achievement.

    Richmond becomes only the second 3rd Division team to reach the Semifinals. First lower division team to win back-to-back road games against MLS teams in Open Cup. Bulow’s goal gives him a tournament-high six tallies and puts him on top of the Professional Era’s goalscoring chart with 14 in his career. That is ahead of long list of greats including Jaime Moreno who is currently (tied) as the MLS Leading Goal Scorer.

  4. Went to this game as a SKC fan. Impressed by the focus and intensity Kickers brought to stay even through 65 and then after the rain delay to come out firing like they did. Congratulations and good luck against the Fire.

  5. Aaron Williams on said:


    I think this is awesome, but I wouldn’t compare it to VCU.

  6. Justin on said:

    I am so going to this.

  7. To be fair, Chicago did not plan on free admission. They had a t-storm knock power out of large part of city where stadium is day before and the lights were still out of power so they moved game time up to play in daylight and made admission free due to late notice.

  8. @Aaron why not?

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