Fire defeat Charlotte 2-0, advance in USOC

A new look line-up put together a solid performance against USL-Pro side Charlotte Eagles enabling the Fire to advance to the fourth round of the US Open Cup tournament. Frank Klopas featured a starting eleven that included most of the usual first choice selections including newly acquired forward Mike Magee. The Chicago native wasted no time in making a mark with his new club by heading home a Gonzalo Segares cross in the 11th minute to give the Fire a 1-0 lead. Magee and Rolfe combined well throughout the entire match and teamed up in the 57th minute when Chris Rolfe took a Magee pass and rifled a beauty into the upper right corner of the Charlotte goal from about 25 yards out to seal the victory.

One of the other changes incorporated by Klopas in this match was the insertion of Alex into a central midfield role with only Logan Pause as the single holding mid behind him with Patrick Nyarko on the left and Dilly Duka on the right. The Fire will face DC United in league play on Sunday and Klopas suddenly has some interesting options to consider in the attack.

The Fire will face the Columbus Crew in round four of the tournament on June 12 at Toyota Park. Columbus defeated the Dayton Dutch Lions 2-1 to advance.

Fire Line Up

GK Tornaghi

D Segares, Soumare, Berry, Anibaba

M Pause (Larentowicz 46'), Alex, Nyarko (Lindpere 52'), Duka

F Rolfe (MacDonald 72'), Magee

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  • Was ready to watch and the stream failed me on the Magee goal. Glad for him and for Chicago but let's see what happens when they face MLS opposition.

    Thanks to Brendan Hannan for his amusing narration of the evening's events. I do not know where he gets some of this stuff...

  • In reply to Modibo:

    It's actually good that DC is up next and they seem to be a very weak team, if Magee and Rolfe can have similar success it can help build confidence and get us ready to face better opponents. Charlotte isn't an MLS team but we got schooled by Minnesota who wasn't an MLS team either. At this point I'm just happy that I have a reason to watch them other than being a loyal supporter.

  • In reply to john:

    Think you mean that we got schooled by Michigan (Bucks), if you're referring to last year.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    I think he was referring to the 1-0 loss to Minnesota United in a friendly this March.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    The play-by-play was priceless.. had me in stitches. Listened to him while watching the national team get pantsed.

  • Montreal Impact has won the 2013 Canadian Cup Championship. They will join San Jose, SKC, Los Angeles and Houston in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.

  • That's going to be a busy week. Including the Club America game, it's 4 games in 8 days.

  • In reply to Doug:

    My bad....the next USOC game is June 12 not July 12.

  • The fact that Magee was involved with both goals scored shows he has already made an impact offensively. I'm looking forward to watching him do the same against MLS teams and going from super sub fan favorite to superstar Chicago hero.

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    I think we should play Nyarko on the wing. IMHO, he hasn't shown us he has the finishing qualities, even though he has that uncanny ability to get in positions where he should. Very frustrating to watch, and makes me unfairly critical of him. He is just not a finisher, and thats ok. Magee and Rolfe need to work off eachother, and I think they can become a good tandem up top because of this understanding. Sometimes when I see Rolfe and Nyarko play, it just doesn't seem like Chris has Patrick's unpredictability down. Nyarko can get past the defense, and then right past Rolfe as well. Rolfe needs smart one-two's and play with a capable striker. BigMac could provide that at times, but his work rate wasn't that high. Rolfe himself has been in rut, which didn't help matters. But you just don't hit a strike like that with your supposed weaker foot if you don't have any quality. Rolfe and Magee need service. Alex and Paladini are servicable, but either they need to raise it another level, or we need to get a star midfielder who can pull the strings. Sorry for the rant.

  • In reply to Kao Xiong:

    there's no question nyarko belongs on the wing, but i don't blame klopas for putting him up top. he frankly didn't have much of an option, and it almost worked. magee and rolfe should form a solid combo up top, and mac should be the 4th option there for now with amarikwa getting chances late in games when needed. he's shown well the few times he's had a chance and deserves to get more opportunities.

  • Who saw this coming? :) Chivas USA fired head coach Jose Luis Sola aka Chelis.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Just a matter of time.....what a mess.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    True, but I'll miss him. He was great for a quote. He didn't hide anything. He believed in and practiced trying to bring attacking and attractive soccer. But the way that team is structured is always going to make doing well in this league like playing with a hand tied behind your back--you can do it but you won't be as effective.

  • I wish that the fire would follow chivas and fire klopas. I cannot help to say that he has been a complete disappointment as a coach. Recent expansion teams like portland and Montreal are way better than Chicago. Why because the owners were dedicated to spending money in an intelligent way to develop a team that all could enjoy.

  • Big loss for the Crew. Eddie Gaven is out for the year with a torn ACL.

  • For stat nerds.....

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/zachslaton/2013/05/31/mls-ei-forecast-may-31-2013/

    The Fire don't have a particularly good chance of making the playoffs according to this Forbes article.

  • I don't think they will make the playoffs due to the huge hole they are in but if Magee can have the impact that we are hoping for it is a possibility. I also think Rolfe has severely underperformed and I anticipate a lot more from him as well. The chemistry between Rolfe and Magee has been talked about by both players and even though they haven't played an MLS team yet, Rolfe had a better game with the new pairing. My expectations for this team are really low and it seems like we have been in a rebuilding phase for the past 3 years and we still don't have an idea what we are trying to rebuild. This team has had key players out every year since 2009 and 3 different coaches. Hopefully this is the year that we find our identity and if we don't make the playoffs we go down swinging and next year we start the season with an identity and build off of that.

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