Kansas City Wizards Qualify for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16

Kansas City Wins 5-3 on Penalty Kicks After Tying 2-2 Through 120 Minutes of Action to Advance to Open Cup Proper for First Time Since 2006

U.S. Open Cup Qualifier

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 – 7:00 p.m. (CT)

Shawnee Mission North District Stadium – Overland Park, Kansas

Weather: 86 and overcast

Attendance: 5,228

Score: 1 2 OT 1 OT 2 PK F

Kansas City Wizards 1 1 0 0 5 2 (5-3)

Colorado Rapids 1 1 0 0 3 2

Scoring Summary:

KC – Ryan Pore (unassisted) 20

COL – Herculez Gomez (Ciaran O’Brien) 36

COL – Jacob Peterson (Mehdi Ballouchy) 57

KC – Ivan Trujillo (unassisted) 86

Penalty Kick Summary:

KC – Jewsbury (goal)

COL— Gomes (goal)

KC—Lopez (goal)

COL—Ballouchy (goal)

KC – Trujillo (goal)

COL—Grazier (goal)

KC—Conrad (goal)

COL—Erpen- (crossbar)

KC—Morsink (goal)

(June 4, 2008) – The Kansas City Wizards qualified to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup round of 16 with a dramatic win Wednesday over the Colorado Rapids in a match that went to penalty kicks. Substitute striker Ivan Trujillo leveled the match in the 86th minute and the teams played scoreless soccer for 30 minutes of extra time, though Kansas City was down a man through a Davy Arnaud ejection in regulation stoppage time. All five Wizards converted their penalty attempts against Colorado goalkeeper Preston Burpo.

Kansas City opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a great individual effort. Midfielder Ryan Pore dispossessed a Colorado defender just outside the penalty area and was free behind the defense. Pore carried toward goal and slotted the ball past Burpo at the back post for an early 1-0 lead.

Colorado struck back 16 minutes later to level the score 1-1. Rookie midfielder Ciaran O’Brien served a long ball behind the Kansas City defense for forward Herculez Gomez in the 36th minute. Gomez held off a defender and deflected the ball over on-rushing goalkeeper Eric Kronberg to tie the game 1-1.

The Rapids took the lead in the 57th minute through a header from substitute Jacob Peterson. Playmaker Mehdi Ballouchy swung a ball into the penalty area for Peterson in the middle of the area, and Peterson redirected the ball into the back of the net for a 2-1 Colorado lead.

Kansas City pressed throughout the remainder of the match, bringing on attacking players Eloy Colombano and Ivan Trujillo in search of an equalizer. The Trujillo move paid off when the Colombian forward tapped home from close range to send the match to extra time and, eventually, penalty kicks. Forward Claudio Lopez began the play, taking a ball on the left flank and beating two defenders with a nifty bit of skill in close quarters. Lopez fired low and hard on goal after getting free, but Burpo was able to make the initial save. Trujillo pounced on the rebound immediately and slotted the ball inside the right post to tie the game 2-2.

The Wizards then went down a man in second-half stoppage time after Davy Arnaud received his second yellow card, and Kansas City and Colorado played two scoreless overtime periods. Each team generated chances, but neither could break through, and Kansas City went to penalty kicks for the fourth time in franchise history. The Wizards improved to 2-2 in contests decided by penalties.

Jack Jewsbury, Claudio Lopez, Ivan Trujillo, Jimmy Conrad and Kurt Morsink all converted penalties for the Wizards. Facundo Erpen hit Colorado’s fourth attempt off the crossbar to provide the winning margin. The Wizards return to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup proper for the first time since 2006. Kansas City will face a to-be-determined opponent July 1 at a to-be-determined location.

The Wizards resume MLS play this Saturday, June 7 at Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m. CT on Metro Sports and the MLS Direct Kick package. Kansas City next plays a home match Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. CT against the Columbus Crew.

Colorado Rapids Line-Up: Preston Burpo, Kosuke Kimura, Facundo Erpen, Stephen Keel, Jordan Harvey, Ciaran O’Brien (Brian Grazier 54), Mehdi Ballouchy, Terry Cooke (Rafael Gomes 78), Jose Luis Burciaga Jr. (Colin Clark 63), Herculez Gomez (Jacob Peterson 46), Omar Cummings

Substitutes not used: Mike Graczyk, Tim Ward, Cesar Zambrano

Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Eric Kronberg, Jonathan Leathers, Jimmy Conrad, Tyson Wahl (Eloy Colombano 65), Michael Harrington, Davy Arnaud (ejection 91+), Jack Jewsbury, Kerry Zavagnin (Kurt Morsink 65), Ryan Pore (Ivan Trujillo 82), Scott Sealy (Chance Myers 76), Claudio Lopez

Substitutes not used: Kevin Hartman, Aaron Hohlbein, Kevin Souter

Misconduct:

KC – Davy Arnaud(caution; reckless foul) 24

COL– Stephen Keel (caution) 81

KC – Davy Arnaud (ejection; second caution) 91+

Notables:

Kansas City qualifies for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2006.
The Wizards were eliminated in the first Open Cup qualifier in 2007, losing 2-1 to Real Salt Lake in an overtime contest.
The Wizards are now 2-2 all-time in penalty kick shootouts.
Kansas City is 1-1 in penalty kick contests in Open Cup play and 1-1 in penalty kicks in the MLS postseason.
Forward Ivan Trujillo now has three goals in his last two contests.
Trujillo scored two in the Wizards 2-0 victory over CSD Municipal last Saturday in a friendly match in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Trujillo has one goal in MLS play.
Including MLS Reserve Division play, the New Mexico Cup and tonight’s match, goalkeeper Eric Kronberg has a 5-0-2 record for the season.
Kansas City returns to MLS play Saturday at Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m. CT on Metro Sports.
The Wizards next home match comes Saturday, June 14 against the Columbus Crew at 7 p.m. CT at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Wednesday’s attendance of 5,228 was the second-highest ever for an Open Cup match in Kansas City.
Only the Wizards 2004 Open Cup championship game, hosted at Arrowhead Stadium, drew more fans.

Quotes:

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO

On the game…

“I thought the first fifteen minutes it took us a long time to get adjusted to the field surface, and then we scored the goal and took the momentum. I thought we were very good and then we gave away too easy of a goal, and that is unacceptable. We let them right back in the game. I was very disappointed with that and I let the team know that at halftime. And then again we had a defensive lapse and an easy goal and we were down 2-1. We basically decided to go with a 3-4-3 after that, and it still wasn’t working. So we went for broke and about the 82nd minute we took a chance and we played with 3-3-4 and we played with four forwards and it paid off.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS GOALKEEPER ERIC KRONBERG

On his first career start with the first team…

“It was my first time in goal for first team. It’s exciting for me, you know, I’ve never had a shot, and this is my big opportunity. I was a little nervous beforehand, but once the whistle blows, you realize you are on the field, and it is just like any other day. As soon as the whistle blew, I was ready.”

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER KURT MORSINK

On the game…

“I think the most important thing for our team was we came from being 2-1 down. We scored a late goal, and we fought through with ten men. We fought through it; we came away with three points; and we advanced. Our goal is to always get three points and to always be aggressive and to stay sharp on defense. We want to get three points on the road this weekend at Real Salt Lake and then come back home in front of our great home supporters.”

COLORADO RAPIDS HEAD COACH FERNANDO CLAVIJO

On the match…

“We had the game in our hands, and we let it go. I thought that in the first half, the second half and in overtime we had many opportunities to put them away and we were unable.”

Jacob Peterson on…

COLORADO RAPIDS FORWARD JACOB PETERSON

On his goal…

“Medhi got the ball out wide and sent a great ball in. I was just off the back post away from my marker and decided to tuck it in far post.”

On the game going to extra time…

“It was definitely not ideal after we had a Sunday game then we had to play a Wednesday game to go into overtime like that, but you know it’s part of the game and we knew that was a possibility. As a team, we can’t let it get that far when we have a 2-1 lead up in the 80th minute. You know you have to close out that game.”


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