2. First trophy following rebrand
In the 2012 U.S. Open Cup Final, at Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting KC defeated the Seattle Sounders after 120 minutes of 1-1 soccer and a 45-minute delay due to thunderstorms with goals from Kei Kamara and Zach Scott.
Ironically, former Kansas City Wizard forward, Eddie Johnson, was the one who ended the match in tears after skying his penalty well over the crossbar, handing SKC their first trophy since rebranding the year before.
This was the first U.S. Open Cup Final to go all the way to penalties since 1997, when the Dallas Burn defeated D.C. United. This was SKC’s second-ever U.S. Open Cup victory, previously beating the Chicago Fire in 2004. More pertinently, it was their first since the 2010 rebrand, a sign of things to come under Peter Vermes.