By Amon Kehr
Sporting Kansas City defeated the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday to win the 104th edition of the U.S. Open Cup. The match ended 2-1 with Kansas City winning in front of its home crowd at Children’s Mercy Park. Kansas City got its goals from forwards Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi. The Red Bulls did pull one back late with a goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips in added time, but it was not enough to send the game to extra time.
Although it is not as important as winning the MLS cup, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest association soccer competition in the United States. Also, the winner qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, the North American equivalent to the UEFA Champions League. Not every MLS team puts the same amount of importance on the U.S. Open Cup, but Kansas City certainly cares about the tournament. This is Kansas City’s third time winning the tournament since 2012 and its fourth trophy overall. It’s tied with Chicago and Seattle for the most Open Cup titles by an MLS team.
Chelsea agrees to terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.
Diego Costa will be returning to Atletico Madrid after transferring to Chelsea in 2014. After having a falling-out with manager Antonio Conte, Costa has not featured for Chelsea since May. Costa will sign a contract with Atletico Madrid though June 2021 and will be the clubs most expensive signing. The transfer fee is €55 million, plus €10 million more in variables. Costa cannot officially sign for Atletico Madrid until Jan 1. because of the transfer ban on the Spanish club. Atletico’s ban ends when the next transfer window opens, so it will then be free to sign Costa. Until then, he will still be a Chelsea player. The Spanish striker has been a key figure for Chelsea the past few seasons. He has scored 52 goals in 89 matches and was important for the team’s title run last season.
United States youth international Josh Sargent signs with Werder Bremen.
German side Werder Bremen has signed 17-year-old American striker Josh Sargent. The U.S. youth international agreed to sign with the club when he turns 18. Sargent is waiting to sign because of FIFA’s rules that prevent a player under the age of 18 from signing with a club in another country. Sargent, from O’Fallon, Missouri, plays for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, though he has mostly spent his time with the U.S. residency program. He has been a key figure in U.S. youth set up, having received call ups at the U-14 level all the way up to the U-20 level.
Sargent has made a name for himself this year with dominating performances in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. The U-17 tournament was the beginning of the hype for Sargent. He finished as the third top scorer in the tournament with five goals and helped the U.S. finish in second, losing to Mexico on penalties. His performance in the tournament helped propel him into a spot on the U-20 World Cup roster. It was at this tournament Sargent really solidified himself as a top prospect. Despite playing up a few years, Sargent still dominated the competition. He finished the tournament tied for second in goals scored with four. He became the youngest player to score for the U.S. at a U-20 world Cup. Sargent joined Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson and Taylor Twellman to become one of the U.S.’s all-time leading goal scorers at the U-20 level.
For now, Sargent will train with only Werder Bremen’s U-23 team until he can sign a full professional contract. When he is not training with Bremen, Sargent will still play for the U.S. Sargent and has been called into the squad for the upcoming U-17 world cup in India. The tournament will begin Oct. 6 and Sargent looks to feature as one of the tournaments top players.