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.
Three-time champion Sporting KC and the Red Bulls, who lost in their only other finals appearance, have fielded some of their strongest lineups throughout the single-elimination competition. That's a stark contrast to many other MLS clubs, which have often fielded...