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Thunder Upset Defending Champs; Chicago, Dallas and LA Advance.

CHICAGO, Ill. (Thursday, August 25, 2005) – The defending champion Kansas City Wizards will not defend their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title as the Minnesota Thunder of USL1 hit the road for a 3-1 victory.

With three consecutive victories over MLS teams by a combined 14-6 score, the Thunder are the hottest USL team in the U.S. Open Cup since Rochester topped MLS teams in four consecutive games en route to the 1999 championship.

If the Thunder want to repeat that feat, they will have to get through two more MLS teams as the other three semifinalists all hail from the top division. Minnesota will travel west to the Home Depot Center to face the Galaxy, who were 2-1 winners over San Jose in Wednesday’s night cap.

The other semifinal will feature teams who advanced in penalty kick shootouts after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of soccer. FC Dallas topped D.C. United 4-1 in penalties, and the three-time U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire just edged by the Rochester Raging Rhinos with a 5-4 advantage from the spot. FC Dallas will host the Fire on Sept. 14 and open the U.S. Open Cup account for the brand new Pizza Hut Park.

Quarterfinal Results

Semifinal Schedule

Future Dates
Final:              Sept. 28    Semifinal winners

Match: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Match #35
Date: Aug. 24
Venue: Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT
Scoring Summary                    1     2     F
San Jose Earthquakes               0    1     1                 
Los Angeles Galaxy                    2    0      2
Goal Scorers:
LA: Herculez Gomez (unassisted)   5th minute. 
LA: Herculez Gomez (Jovan Kirovski )   31.
SJ: Ronald Cerritos (Brian Mullan 1)   76.

Match: Minnesota Thunder (USL1) at Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
PARKVILLE, Mo. (August 24) - Despite being out of the USL1 playoff picture, the Minnesota Thunder (5-9-10 in league play) continued to tear through MLS teams with a 3-1 victory over the defending champion Kansas City Wizards.

Johnny Menyongar picked up two goals, the first coming on a 16-yard blast in the 33rd minute for a 1-0 lead, and the second came as he attacked through the center of the Wizards’ defense to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead. Menyongar also was the catalyst of the second goal, as he played a ball that banged off Shavar Thomas for an own goal.

The Wizards got one back as Ryan Pore converted a Chris Klein cross in the 71st minute, but the fate of the hosts was already sealed.

The Kansas City Wizards were without Jimmy Conrad and Jose Burciaga Jr. after they played with the MLS Select All-Star team in Madrid on Tuesday, and Josh Wolff and Sasha Victorine had minor injuries. Goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi got the night off so Will Hesmer took to goal.

Minnesota will now travel to face the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. PT in the semifinals.

Match #36
Date: Aug. 24
Venue: Park University; Parkville, Mo.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Scoring Summary                    1     2     F
Kansas City Wizards                   0    1     1
Minnesota Thunder                      1     2     3                   
Goal Scorers:
MIT: John Menyongar (Jay Alberts)   33rd minute. 
MIT: Own Goal (Shavar Thomas)   54.
MIT: John Menyongar (Jeff Matteo)   58.
KC: Ryan Pore (Chris Klein)   71. 

Match: Chicago Fire (MLS) at Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL1)
Match #37
Date: Aug. 24
Venue: Frontier Field; Rochester, NY
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary                    1     2     1OT     2OT   F
Rochester Raging Rhinos          0     1        0          0      1
Chicago Fire                                1     0        0          0      1
*Chicago wins 5-4 on penalty kicks
Goal Scorers:
CHI: Samuel Caballero 1 (Chris Armas 1)   34th minute.
RRR:- Doug Miller 1 (Greg Howes 1)   60.

Match: FC Dallas (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)
Match #38
Date: Aug. 24
Venue: Maryland Soccerplex; Germantown, Md.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary                    1     2        1OT      2OT  F
D.C. United                                  0     1         0             0     1
FC Dallas                                     0     1         0             0     1
*FC Dallas wins 4-1 on penalty kicks
Goal Scorers:
DC: Christian Gomez (Dema Kovalenko )   47th minute. 
DAL: Carlos Ruiz (unassisted)   90+