Photo courtesy of Alan Hainkel
The Wizards got a 2-2 draw with Colorado tonight in their Open Cup qualifier, and won the game 5-3 on PKs. Due to travel, I was unable to attend the game, but you can read a play-by-play of the game over on Hillcrest Road, as well as first hand accounts of people over on bigsoccer once they get back from the game. KC grabbed the lead in the 20th minute thanks to an individual effort from Ryan Pore. Sixteen minutes later, Colorado equalized through Herculez Gomez to tie the game at one, which is where it stayed into the half. In the 57th minute, Colorado was able to grab the lead from a header by Jacob Peterson.
As the minutes ticked by, it looked like KC would get knocked out in the qualifying stage yet again for the Open Cup. In the 86th minute though, a run by Claudio Lopez allowed him to get a shot off that Rapids keeper, Preston Burpo could only parry into the path of Ivan Trujillo who turned it in to make it 2-2. Only 5 minutes after the tying goal, KC found themselves down a man, as Davy Arnaud picked up a second yellow (he will miss the team's 3rd round match in the Open Cup). Extra time had it's chances, but no one converted, and onto PKs it went.
Jack Jewsbury, Lopez, and Trujillo, all made theirs with replies from Colorado. KC's 4 PK taker, Jimmy Conrad also converted his. His counter part for the Rapids Facundo Erpen hit his PK against the bar. This gave the Wizards 5th taker, Kurt Morsink the chance to win it. He did, putting his PK off the hands of Burpo and into the net. KC will now wait to find out their opponent in the third round, which is set to start July 1.
WIZARDS Man of the Match - ??? - Having not seen the match, I can not in good conscience make a choice for this award. So I'm asking people who did go to the game, who was man of the match for the Wizards? Lopez? Trujillo for his tying goal? Someone else? Let me know.