Kansas City, Missouri - The Colorado Rapids defeated the Kansas City Wizards 2-1 on Tuesday in a qualifying game for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Stanley H. Durwood Stadium on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Kansas City rookie Teal Bunbury gave the hosts an early lead with a goal after only four minutes, but Rapids midfielder Wells Thompson scored in the 24th and 80th minutes to advance Colorado to the next round of qualifying.
The Rapids will meet the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union or New England Revolution in the next phase of U.S. Open Cup qualifying. Philadelphia plays at New York on April 27, with the winner hosting the Revolution on May 12.
Colorado's victory over Kansas City marks the fourth consecutive year that the Rapids have won the first qualifying game in seeking to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup. The club's last appearance in the 96-year old tournament was in 2007.
Newly acquired Argentine forward / midfielder Claudio Lopez made his Rapids debut when he replaced Andre Akpan in the 79th. A minute later, Lopez fed Mehdi Ballouchy who led Thompson in the box and the midfielder finished to the lower right corner for the game-winner.
Colorado Rapids: Steward Ceus, Kosuke Kimura (Drew Moor 46), Michael Holody, Scott Palguta, Danny Earls (Marvell Wynne 85), Mehdi Ballouchy, Ross LaBauex, Wells Thompson, Jamie Smith (Jeff Larentowicz 66), Andre Akpan (Claudio Lopez 79), Quincy Amarikwa.
Subs not used: Matt Pickens, Omar Cummings.
Kansas City Wizards: Eric Kronberg, Jonathan Leathers, Jimmy Conrad, Pablo Escobar, Korede Aiyegbusi (Michael Harrington 46), Graham Zusi (Stephane Auvray 66), Sunil Chhetri (Kei Kamara 46), Craig Roscastle, Chance Myers, Josh Wolff (Birahim Diop 88), Teal Bunbury.
Subs not used: Alex Horwatch, Aaron Hohlbein Davy Araund