Thompson scores twice in Rapids’ 2-1 win

Wells Thompson scored his second goal in the 80th minute, giving

the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on

Tuesday night in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in game.

Thompson tied the game at 1l in the 24th minute, one-touching a

corner kick by Jamie Smith at the far post. He scored the go-ahead

goal on a nice slip pass from Claudio Lopez, punching it inside the

far post past charging Wizards goalie Eric Kronberg.

Sunil Chhetri, the first Indian national on a Major League

Soccer team, started and played the first half for Kansas City,

which got a goal in the fourth minute from Teal Bunbury.

Chhetri agreed to terms on March 25 and was added to the 24-man

roster on Monday, after his visa and international transfer

certificate were cleared.

U.S. soccer fans might not know much about Chhetri, but the

Indian national-team member is one of the most popular players in

his home country. The Wizards’ Facebook page has added more than

6,000 fans since Chhetri signed and nearly every move he’s made has

been front-page news in India.

Chhetri had a decent scoring chance stopped early and received

yellow card in the 20th minute for taking down Thompson from

behind. He was replaced by Kei Kamara in the second half.

Bunbury scored by escaping two defenders, racing up the wing and

firing a left-foot cross from a tough angle over goalie Steward

Ceus’ outstretched hand and off the post.

Colorado dodged two near-miss headers in the closing seconds of

extra time to advance to a second play-in game in May.

The U.S. Open Cup, originally called the National Challenge Cup,

is the oldest soccer competition in the U.S., dating to 1914.