[U.S. OPEN CUP]
Penalties abounded as Kansas City outlasted Minnesota, 4-2, in a shootout following a 3-3 tie in regulation and overtime to win their U.S. Open Cup round
of 16 match in Blaine, Minn.
Three of the six goals in normal play came from the penalty spot as the USL-1 Thunder rallied from two goals down to force overtime, during which each team
scored again. Kansas City goalie Boris Pardo
saved two of Minnesota's shootout attempts as his teammates converted all four of theirs to avenge an Open Cup loss to the Thunder four
years ago. Michael Kraus
scored in the 17th minute and Abe Thompson
put away a penalty two minutes later for a 2-0 Kansas City lead. Ricardo
got one penalty back late in the first half and converted again from the spot in the 84th to tie the game, 2-2. Rauwshawn McKenzie
traded goals in overtime to set the stage for Pardo's heroics. His saves of Minnesota's third and fourth shots left the Thunder short; Claudio Lopez, Josh Wolff
Thompson and Herculez Gomez
all connected for the Wizards.
June 30 in Blaine, Minn.
Minnesota (USL-1) 3, Kansas City (MLS) 3 (OT)
win 4-2 on penalty kicks) Goals:
Kraus 17, Thompson (pen.) 19, McKenzie 105; Sanchez (pen.) 41, (pen.) 84, Tarley 114. Minnesota --
(Clements, 91), Arango, Greenfield, Peterson (Weiler, 104), Bass, Olum, Sanchez, Dyachenko (Myers, 97), Cvilikas, Tarley. Kansas City --
Pardo, Kraus (Wolff, 98), Thompson,
Harrington (Lopez, 89), Zusi (Gomez, 77), Morsink, Espinoza, Marquess, Watson, Leathers, McKenzie. Referee:
Chris Penso Att: