The Fire were eliminated from contention in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tonight as they fell to the USL-2's Wilmington Hammerheads. Click here for the Fire website's recap of the match.
Tonight's result is probably a little embarrassing for the Fire as losing to a 3rd division side (no matter who played for the Fire) is definitely not what you would call an ego-booster.
The loss, which is the Fire's second in a row, really represents a missed opportunity for some of the Fire's reserves/younger players and frankly, it's a little disappointing. On the bright side, the Open Cup elimination will allow the Fire to focus more on MLS play (which will finally resume on Saturday night at Colorado) and SuperLiga, which (although it may be less prestigious than Open Cup) is the more lucrative tournament.