CHICAGO – The final of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET Sept. 20.

The match, which will be hosted by Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park, will be the second 2017 U.S. Open Cup game broadcast by the ESPN family of networks. The first was United Soccer League (USL) side FC Cincinnati’s shootout win vs. Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire in the Round of 16 on June 28 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

Sporting Kansas City will make its second Open Cup final appearance in the space of three years. Kansas City won the Open Cup in 2015 in Chester, Pa., with a 7-6 shootout win against Philadelphia Union after the sides tied 1-1.

Their opponent in the final will be determined Tuesday night when the Red Bulls travel to Nippert Stadium to take on Division II Cinderellas, FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at