The Fire advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 US Open Cup tournament by defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1 at Toyota Park. Mike Magee scored his fourth goal in as many appearances since joining the club and Patrick Nyarko provided the game winner in the 78th minute. The game was rescheduled for Thursday at noon after inclement weather caused a postponement on Wednesday night.
With no MLS game scheduled this weekend Frank Klopas fielded a first choice line up while Crew coach Robert Warzycha, being mindful of a game against Montreal on Saturday tapped a younger squad to start. The visitors had the better of the play early despite losing centerback Glauber to an injury in the 9th minute causing Warzycha to reshuffle his line-up. Columbus even took the lead after a 22nd minute Ben Speas free kick found Konrad Warzycha in the box for a header that he placed past Sean Johnson.
Six minutes later Chris Rolfe and Alex worked a counter to find Gonzalo Segares working his way into the box. Segares located Magee for a tap in opportunity and he didn't miss, leveling the score at one apiece. The winner came in the 78th minute when Rolfe found Nyarko at the far post for a diving header past Andy Gruenebaum.
The Fire will now face Orlando City on June 26 at Toyota Park with a trip to the USOC semi-finals on the line. Orlando City has defeated the Colorado Rapids and shockingly Sporting Kansas City in their own park to advance to this stage. The USLPro side will not be a pushover by any means.
Johnson; Segares, Berry, Soumare, Anibaba; Duka (Santos 46'), Pause (Paladini 59'), Alex (Larentowicz 81'), Nyarko; Rolfe, Magee
Gruenebaum; Gehrig, George, Glauber (Oduro 9'), Wahl; Finlay, Warzycha, Tchani (Schoenfeld 82'), Speas (Higuain 70'); Anor, Meram
Reserves on deck
The Fire reserves take on the Charlotte Eagles tomorrow at the Queens University of Charlotte Sports Complex at 6:00 pm. Chicago defeated Charlotte 2-1 in the third round of the USOC tournament on May 29.