Union Omaha's run in the 2022 U.S. Open Cup ended on Wednesday night when it lost to four-time champion Sporting Kansas City, 6-0.
But it was quite a run for the Owls' first appearance in the tournament.
In the third round, the reigning USL League One champions beat MLS's Chicago Fire in a shootout after they tied the match, 2-2, in the second minute of stoppage time. In the round of 16, they beat a second MLS team on the road with a 2-1 comeback win at Minnesota United.
On Wednesday, no comeback was in the cards.
Sporting KC took a 2-0 lead into halftime on goals by Daniel Salloi and Kortne Ford and put the game away with four second-half goals. Felipe Hernandez and Salloi scored twice each while Khiry Shelton added a goal and two assists.
The match at Children's Mercy Park drew 18,552 fans, including a contingent of about 700 Owl supporters who made the three-hour trip down I-29.
Three times, most recently in 2011, Sporting KC has fallen to a lower-division team in the Open Cup quarterfinals, but it never put itself in trouble against Omaha.
"I think the guys were hungry, they were organized and I also believe they gave the effort that they needed to," said Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes, "but they were also disciplined in the game."
Sporting KC moves into the semifinals for the sixth time. It won the Open Cup in 2004, 2012, 2015 and 2017. Its only loss in the Open Cup semifinals came in 2002 when it fell at home to the Columbus Crew.
June 22 in Kansas City, Kansas
Sporting KC 6 Union Omaha 0. Goals: Salloi (Shelton, Russell) 10, Ford (Hernandez) 37, Salloi (Shelton) 53, Shelton (Isimat-Mirin) 56, Hernandez (Tzionis) 66, Hernandez (Ndenbe) 81.
Sporting KC -- Pulskamp; Pierre, Ford (Isimat-Mirin 45+3), Fontas (Voloder 68), Sweat; Walter (Rosell 62), Hernandez, Duke; Russell (Tzionis 62), Shelton (Espinoza 62), Salloi (Ndenbe 74).
Union Omaha -- Nuhu; Alihodzic (Gordon 63), Claudio, Knutson (Touche 72), Jiba Meza (Acoff 63), Scearce, Doyle (Willis 72), Brito; Malcolm (Bawa 46), Kametani (Bruce 63)
Three second-half goals gave the New York Red Bulls a 3-0 win over NYCFC in their first Hudson River Derby in the Open Cup.
Lewis Morgan, Luquinhas and Omir Fernandez scored to send the Red Bulls to the semifinals for the first time since 2017.
NYCFC had Thiago Andrade sent off in the 62nd minute, and both teams had players ejected after the match. Seven cards were also issued.
The Red Bulls also moved into the Open Cup's final four for the sixth time. Their best finishes came in 2003 and 2017 when they fell in the final.
June 22 in Harrison, N.J.
NY Red Bulls 3 NYCFC 0. Goals: Morgan (Long, Edwards) 52, Luquinhas 70, Fernandez (Harper) 90+1.
NY Red Bulls -- Coronel; Tolkin, Long. S.Nealis, Edwards, D.Nealis (Harper, 83), Amaya, Casseres, Luquinhas (Sserwadda, 84), Morgan (Fernandez, 73), Barlow (Klimala, 63).
NYCFC -- Barraza; Gray, Chanot, Amundson (Gloster, 73), Callens, Morales, Parks, Rodríguez (Talles Magno, 64), Thiago Andrade, Pereira (Moralez, 63), Castellanos.
Red cards: NY Red Bulls -- Edwards 90+6; Thiago Andrade 62, Moralez 90+6.
Photo: Amy Kontras/ISI Photos.