The Fire hammered what was essentially the New York Red Bulls' reserve squad 4-0 in US Open Cup play at Toyota Park tonight to advance to the US Open Cup semi-finals. Dominic Oduro terrorized Red Bull defenders throughout the first half and scored the only goal of the first stanza although the Fire easily could have netted two or three more. Orr Barouch came off the bench to score a brace and Yamith Cuesta converted a pinpoint cross from Daniel Paladini into another goal.
The Red Bulls organization put little more than a token effort into this US Open Cup quarterfinal and really should be embarrassed of how they approached the match altogether. Head coach Hans Backe, who didn't bother to make the trip to Chicago decided to make only 14 players available for the match while leaving assistant Mike Petke in charge behind the bench. The team thought so little of the competition that they actually arrived in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon instead of coming in the day before.
New Player Announcement Soon
Frank Klopas addressed the win and the team's emphasis on US Open Cup play after the match but he also said that an addition to the squad will be made soon. "We'll be making an announcement pretty soon on the player," said Klopas. You can listen to his entire post game press conference here.
Just who will that player be? It won't be Pavel Pardo, Sinha, or Freddie Ljungberg. Expect the signing of Argentine midfielder Sebastian Grazzini within the next few days.
US Open Cup Semi-Finals
The Richmond Kickers defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-0 at Livestrong Sporting Park to advance to the US Open Cup semi-finals against the Fire on Tuesday August 30 at Toyota Park. A substantial upset has put the Fire in a position to advance to the US Open Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a win over Richmond.