It didn't take long this season. One and done.
The Fire were eliminated from US Open Cup play by a virtue of a 3-2 overtime loss to fourth division PDL side Michigan Bucks. Frank Klopas went with a reserve line-up that should have been able to handle Michigan but the team came out flat and atrocious defending in the first half left the Fire fortunate to be tied at 1-1 after forty-five minutes.
The second half saw improved play with Frederico Puppo actually giving the Fire the lead in the 51st after a pass from Corben Bone allowed him to work his way into the penalty area and create a shot that beat the Michigan keeper. Lax defending cost them again when an 80th minute cross found Nathaniel Boyden at the back post to beat Paolo Tornaghi and force overtime.
Nermin Crnkic wasted no time in hitting the back of the net when he found himself alone against Tornaghi in the 93rd to score the winner.
Michigan was the better team throughout the match and deserved the victory. The Fire will look to regroup and head to New England on Saturday after an embarrassing defeat tonight.
Walls (Gargan 84'), Anibaba, Berry (Watson-Siriboe 49'), Anibaba, Jumper
Videira, Paladini, Robayo, Bone
Barouch (Oduro 84'), Puppo
Bone 28' (Puppo)
Puppo 51' (Bone)