Latif Blessing hoisted the U.S. Open Cup as high as he possibly could, which meant the bottom of the silver trophy just about scraped the ground as he pranced around the field.
Short jokes aside, he played plenty big Wednesday night.
The 5-foot-3 dynamo scored midway through the first half, Daniel Salloi added a breakaway goal in the second and Sporting Kansas City held on to beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 for its fourth title in the nation's oldest ongoing soccer competition.
"As an organization, this is a very, very valued championship to us," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. "If I remember correctly, 99 teams started out in this tournament, so...