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Cory Burke sees Philadelphia past Chicago, Houston needs pens to oust LAFC

Philadelphia Union's Chris Burke celebrates after scoring in a U.S. Open Cup win against Chicago Fire.
Cory Burke celebrates after scoring a goal for the Philadelphia Union against the Chicago Fire.

The U.S. Open Cup will have a first-time champion this year.

The Philadelphia Union, who lost in both of their previous appearances in the U.S. Open Cup final, and the Houston Dynamo, who never previously made the title game, both advanced with semifinal wins Wednesday.

Behind three second-half goals, the Union beat the Chicago Fire 3-0 in Chester, Pa. Cory Burke scored in the 59th and 77th minutes, and C.J. Sapong sealed the result with an 86th-minute goal.

The Dynamo and LAFC played to a 3-3 tie...

Rubio's goal, Melia's shutout lifts Sporting Kansas City past Dynamo

Diego Rubio was assisted by 16-year-old Gianluca Busio as Sporting Kansas City snap a five-match winless streak.

Diego Rubio scored in the 74th minute and goalkeeper Tim Melia turned away four shots as Sporting Kansas City did just enough to beat the short-handed, host Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium in a heated Western Conference showdown.

Sporting Kansas City (10-6-6, 36 points) won for the first time in six matches and snapped a two-game losing streak, posting its first shutout since June 6; its eight clean sheets this season leads the Western Conference.

Rubio, who entered the match...