A brace from Juan Luis Anangono kept the Fire alive and in the hunt for a fifth US Open Cup championship. The Ecuadorian forward replaced Mike Magee in the 77th minute after Magee suffered an ankle injury forcing him out of the match.
After a dominant first half in which the Fire controlled the match but only managed to come away with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Patrick Ianni goal scored from a Harry Shipp free kick, the visitors turned the tables in the second act and took a 2-1 lead before Anangono tied it in the 83rd, forcing overtime.
Quincy Amarikwa headed in a pass from Shipp in the 92nd after a mishit header by Anangono to give the Fire the lead for good. Crew defender Michael Parkhurst was excused from the match with a straight red card foul on Amarikwa in the 99th minute and Columbus managed to get a few more looks even while playing a man down but there was no demoralizing late collapse in this match.
Anangono capped the night with a class finish in the 109th minute to ice it.
The Fire will travel to face the Atlanta Silverbacks on July 9 in the US Open Cup quarterfinals. Atlanta defeated Colorado in a wild affair last night that could see them without several players and staff available for the match.
- Neither side was very good defensively with plenty of open looks and some sloppy defending. Columbus had two great chances that were missed. Jairo Arrieta somehow botched an open net look early in the second half and Will Trapp banged the post in the 85th.
- The Fire allowed yet another goal from a set piece second ball in the 55th, although it was a fantastic bicycle kick finish by Arrieta. A deflected pass/failed clearance resulted in the other score.
- Mike Magee suffered a "knock' to his ankle according to Yallop. Extent of the injury is unknown at this point.
- Out of contract Tottenham academy forward Cameron Lancaster is trialing with the club and was in attendance. Lancaster has made one appearance with Spurs.
- Former Colorado Rapids midfielder and Chicago native Ross LaBauex has also been training with the club.