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Sporting Kansas City edge Philadelphia Union to clinch US Open Cup

Sporting Kansas City have been crowned 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup champions.

SKC edged the Union 7-6 on penalties at PPL Park after it ended 1-1 after extra-time in the cup final to clinch their third cup trophy.

Sebastien Le Toux opened the scoring for Philly in the 23rd minute after receiving a lovely long ball from Vincent Nogueira before sliding beyond Sporting keeper Tim Melia.

The visitors equalised in the 65th minute when Krisztian Nemeth fired home a lovely curling effort clear of Union gloveman Andre Blake.

Neither side could find a winning goal in the remaining 25 minutes of regular time, or in the ensuing half-hour of added time, forcing the contest into a penalty shootout.

Melia came up with a couple of saves in the spot-kick contest while John McCarthy, who had been subbed in for Blake before the shootout, manage only to keep out Nemeth before Jordi Quintilla converted from 12 yards to clinch another piece of silverware for Sporting.

The 2015 US Open Cup adds to the 2012 cup triumph and 2013 MLS Cup victory - also on penalties - making it three trophies in four years.

Sporting received congratulations from both US Soccer and US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann following the victory.

Andrew Slevison
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