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
D Segares, Soumare, Berry, Anibaba
M Pause (Larentowicz 46'), Alex, Nyarko (Lindpere 52'), Duka
F Rolfe (MacDonald 72'), Magee