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.