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Minnesota and Seattle Advance to Third Round of 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (Wednesday, June 26, 2002) - The Minnesota Thunder and Seattle Sounders of the A-League defeated D3 Pro League opponents this week in U.S. Open Cup Second Round matches and advanced to the third round where they will host MLS sides on July 17.

The Seattle Sounders traveled to Utah on Tuesday and defeated the Utah Blitzz, 2-1.

Leighton O’Brien scored the opening goal of the match for the Sounders in the 61st minute on a penalty kick, beating the Blitzz's goalkeeper Mike Littman from the spot. However, O'Brien would be around to celebrate the victory after being ejected after receiving his second yellow card of the game four minutes later.

Second half substitute Greg Foisie, who scored three goals last year for the Seattle Sounders Select of the Premier Development League at the Open Cup, notched Seattle's second tally of the game in the 83rd minute, before the Blitzz notches their lone goal with one minute remaining as midfielder Jorge Estrada scored off an assist from Alejandro Gutierrez.

With the win, the Sounders advance to the third round of U.S. Open Cup play and will host the San Jose Earthquakes on July 17th.

A four-goal outslaught by forward Johnny Menyongar led the host Minnesota Thunder to a convincing 6-1 victory over the San Diego Gauchos at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

Menyongar notched back-to-back goals to give Minnesota a 2-0 edge at the half. Guachos forward Ralph cut the lead to 2-1 in the 58th minute before the Thunder scored four unanswered goals for the 6-1 victory.

Minnesota will now host the defending Open Cup Champions Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) in the Third
Round slated for July 17, at the National Sports Center.