FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia blocks the final penalty kick for the win over the San Jose Earthquakes in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal soccer match in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting Kansas City host the New York Red Bulls in the U.S Open Cup final on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) There was a time not so long ago that the U.S. Open Cup was an afterthought, a nice trophy to win for a Major League Soccer club but nothing compared to the league's MLS Cup.
That's not how Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls have treated it.
And perhaps more than any other reason, that's why the two teams will meet Wednesday night to decide the nation's oldest ongoing soccer competition.