U.S. Open Cup
Goliath vs David, Minnesota Thunder rout Mexico S.C.'s 7-0.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- No upset in the making here during Elimination Wednesday as Johnny Menyongar's hat trick led the A-League's Minnesota Thunder to a 7-0 rout of the amateur Mexico S.C. at Macalester College.
The defending A-League champion Thunder scored early and often for a crowd of 1,209 St. Paul. Minnesota, which last year lost a second-round Open Cup game to the amateur Mid-Michigan Bucks of the Premier Development League (PDL), advanced to a third-round meeting with the Minnesota Burn of MLS.
Thunder forward John Menyongar dimmed the upset hopes of Mexico S.C. of Fresno, Calif. with a goal off a pass from Forward Gerard Lagos in the 8th minute. Lagos broke free on the right and slid the ball behind the Mexico S.C. defense to Menyongar, who curled an 18-yard shot inside the right post from the left.
Twelve minutes later, Menyongar struck again after midfielder Stoian Mladenov forced Mexico S.C. goalkeeper Francisco Alvarez into a poor clearance that went directly to Minnesota midfielder Mike Gentile 20 yards out. Alvarez deflected Gentile's chip shot, but the loose ball was collected by Menyongar and angled into an empty net from 8 yards out.
A Thunder strike just before halftime from Lagos to Mladenov ended all hope for the USASA challenger.
Second half goals by Lagos, substitutes Paul Schneider and Morgan Zeba added to the rout. The finisher came as Menyongar added a third goal from Mladenov in the 68th minute.
Menyongar's hat trick was his second in four games. In A-League play, he is tied for third in A-League scoring with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists).
Minnesota Thunder (A-League) 7, Mexico SC (USASA) 0Lineups: Minnesota - John Swallen (Jon Lowery, 58), John Coughlin, Eric Otto, John Sylvester, Don Gramenz, Aaron Leventhal, Brian Winters (Luis Labastida, 62), Mike Gentile (Morgan Zeba, 58), Stoian Mladenov, John Menyongar, Gerard Lagos (Paul Schneider, 54). Mexico SC - Francisco Alvarez, Jose Delgadillo, Jarred Souza (Oscar Ruelas, 46), Jose Mexicano, Eliseo Lopez (Marcos Lopez, 60), Juan Carlos Baviche, Andres Blanco, Jeremy Shultz (Jose Ramos, 64), Joel Ramirez, Carlos Lopez, Edgardo Contreras.
Total shots: Minnesota 24, Mexico SC 11. Shots on goal: Minnesota n/a, Mexico SC n/a. Saves: Minnesota 3, Mexico SC 5. Fouls: Minnesota 17, Mexico SC 11. Offside: Minnesota 5, Mexico SC 3. Corner kicks: Minnesota 6, Mexico SC 1. Yellow card cautions: Minnesota - none, Mexico SC - Delgadillo 23, Ramirez 82.
Referee: Richard Huber, Sia Rahimi. Referee's assistants: Bob Petersen, Elias Bazakos. Attendance: 1,209 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Weather: n/a.
Second-round scoreboardWednesday, June 14
Uruguay (USASA) 0
Mexico S.C. (USASA) 0