The USL First Division's Minnesota Thunder downed a third straight MLS team in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, topping the defending tournament champion Kansas City Wizards 3-1 while the Rochester Raging Rhinos were bounced from the tournament in penalties by the three-time Cup champion Chicago Fire after a 1-1 draw. FC Dallas also won in penalties over DC United and Los Angeles topped San Jose 2-1.
Liberian national team captain Johnny Menyongar scored twice and a Kansas City own goal gave the Thunder an insurmountable 3-0 lead before the home side got on the board.
Menyongar gave the Thunder a 1-0 halftime lead with a hard 16-yard strike in the 33rd minute on an assist from Jay Alberts.
Nine minutes into the second stanza Shavar Thomas put one in his own net to double Minnesota's lead. Menyongar created the score with a shot that went off the defender's foot.
Four minutes later Menyongar made it 3-0 when he was given space in the middle of the Kansas City back line.
Ryan Pore scored the consolation strike in the 71st for Kansas City.
The match featured two of six USL Hall of Fame coaches with former Milwaukee Rampage coach Bob Gansler, inducted in the inaugural 2002 class, leading the Wizards and 2003 inductee Buzz Lagos, who recently announced he was retiring at the close of the season.
Minnesota advances to face the Los Angeles Galaxy 2001 tournament champion Los Angeles Galaxy, who they upset 1-0 in the Fourth Round of last year's tournament.