The Fire will resume their pursuit of a fifth US Open Cup title tonight against the USL Pro side Richmond Kickers. With a break in MLS play until September 10 look for Frank Klopas to field the best possible line up available. This should be the same eleven that has won the last two matches over Toronto and Colorado.
The one exception could be Pavel Pardo who strained a calf muscle in the first half of the Colorado game and was substituted at intermission. After the match Pardo indicated that the move was more precautionary than anything and seemed to be walking without much difficulty at the reserve match on Sunday morning. His status is likely to be determined at game time. If Pardo can't go I would expect Daniel Paladini to slot into position next to Logan Pause.
The Kickers have advanced to the Semi Final by defeating the Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City. They won't be a pushover despite losing to Orlando City in the USL Pro playoffs by a 3-0 score on Saturday night. Richmond typically deploys a 4-3-3 formation and are lead by forward Matthew "Deli" Delicate, and native of England who attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fire 2 Kickers 0 and another trip to the US Open Cup Final against either FC Dallas or Seattle Sounders FC.