Sporting Kansas City’s Ike Opara has found his form, grabbing another goal only four days after his bicycle kick winner and leading his club to a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16. Opara’s goal came from a corner kick just past the hour mark in the match, where he redirected a header from Kevin Ellis back across the frame. SKC would ultimately put the dagger in Houston with a two-on-one break where Latif Blessing set up Gerso Fernandes for the second goal.
However, the game was not without controversy. In the 63rd minute, following Opara’s goal, Dynamo midfielder Memo Rodriguez dribbled into the penalty area and appeared to be tripped by Sporting right back Saad Abdul-Salaam. Unfortunately for Houston, the referee did not see it that way and handed out a yellow card to Rodriguez for simulation.
The loss on Wednesday night was the first for the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in 2017. Fortunately, they are still second in the Western Conference standings and will look to bounce back against the Colorado Rapids Saturday night.
Sporting KC, the club atop the Western Conference, will look to continue their success against the Portland Timbers on Saturday as well. They will also advance to face FC Dallas in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup two weeks from now.