Fire down Crew 4-2, advance to USOC quarterfinals

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.

Filed under: 2014 US Open Cup

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Nice to,see a win, but the pitch is an absolute embarrassment! I have seen better park district fields.

    I hope Lancaster is not the big move planned, very underwhelming resume.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    It would appear bringing Lancaster in wouldn't be a bit cap hit. The bigger question is if he has anything tangible to offer that Anangono, Barouch, Gentile don't.

    Good bounce back from the Fire late, but that was overall one of the worst 2nd half's I've personally ever seen out of them. Columbus was attacking at will from the insertion of Arrieta on. In the end the final score is all that matters, but they can't expect to get lucky like that and win the tournament.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    You're right. The pitch has been a complete catastrophe all season. The sand traps in front of goal are completely inexcusable for a professional field.

  • This team will not be going far without center backs that can play consistently. Was Soumare taken out because of the second goal?

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    If Lancaster and La Bauex are the players that the Fire are looking at for summer replacements, it's going to be a long summer.
    The upside for yesterday was the win, the downside is that
    Anangono probably just did enough to keep him with the club unless they view him as a sub player.

  • In reply to Ron Stone:

    Both of those guys are in on trials. They wouldn't be the top reinforcements. Both would likely be off budget players to fill out the roster.

  • In reply to Ron Stone:

    It's going to be yet another underwhelming summer again unless something happens in the ownership's mind set.

  • Wynalda and several key players are out of the USOC quarterfinal.

  • I heard they let loose the new DP loose up in the Skyway during extra time last night.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I think that was a promotion for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Is Andy a producer on that one?

  • I am not going to get too worked up about this... yet...

  • Picks for this week:

    (Wed) Van-Mtl Van

    NY-Tor Tie
    Por-KC Por
    DC-Sea Sea
    NE-Phi NE
    Clb-Dal Dal
    Col-Van Col
    SJ-LA SJ
    Chv-RSL Tie
    Mon-Hou Mon

    58-74 5 unaccounted (includes this past Wed.)

  • Not the greatest game, but once we were down I thought we were out. I'm glad for the team that Anangono showed up, but it probably has more to do with the weak defenses rather than his strengths as an attacker.

    In principle, the Silverbacks' suspensions mean that the Fire have a clear shot at the semis, but I'm not buying any tickets yet. (BTW Guillermo, it's Silverbacks not Silverhawks. My Google machine almost broke searching for that ;-) )

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Can't believe I actually wrote that. That's what happens when you publish a game report at 1:00 am.

    Thanks for pointing that out!

  • MLS weekend picks

    New York 2 Toronto FC 1
    Portland 2 Sporting Kansas City 1
    DC United 0 Seattle 2
    New England 1 Philadelphia 0
    Columbus 1 FC Dallas 1
    Colorado 2 Vancouver 2
    Chivas USA 1 Real Salt Lake 3
    San Jose 2 Los Angeles 2
    Montreal 0 Houston 0


  • Ok Yallop. Here's your DP...make it happen:

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Fire need a more creative outlet in central midfield. I'm not sure paying DP money for Jermaine Jones would be the wisest choice. He'd draw some interest initially but they also need to think about bringing someone in who can be a "draw". I'm not sure Jones is that either.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I don't disagree with you on either point. But the Fire need help defensively, no? Check. They could use a defensive midfielder who can play and control the midfield alone, right? Check. He's arguably been the best player on the US Nat'l team, so while his notoriety isn't quite on a Dempsey and Bradley level, he will bring some attention and makes us better (win bring attention) and gives us by far our best midfielder. I'd prefer an attacking mid, but if this article is correct and he wants to play in MLS and won't cost ridiculous amounts of money, then it seems like it could be a great fit. Just b/c we have a bigger need doesn't discount improving your team when you have the opportunity. Can they get the same level of player at attacking mid, by all means I hope they go get him. But I hope they don't pass just b/c of position or "notoriety".

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    btw, do you think the fire will ever get to 3 dp territory...maybe next season? or is that a pipe dream at this point?

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Three DPs that are actually DP level DP's.....I don't think we'll see that any time soon considering they don't have one.

    Don't get me wrong, getting a guy like Jones would help but they don't have the cap space to get him and an attacker or central defender unless some bigger salaries are moved (ie Soumare, Duka, Larentowicz, Hurtado, etc).

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I don't think losing some of the players you mentioned would be a problem. Esp. Duka, Larentowicz (if Jones is brought in...he's obvious), and Soumare. There's too much $ being spent on average players...we need some players that will stand out and make a difference.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Moving those salaries is easier said than done. It's more likely that those names are moved in the offseason if at all.

  • So we are now in last place in the league. Never thought I would say this but the Fire have to do something big to turn this ship around. They would have to go 10-5-5 the rest of the season to match the points needed from last year's 5th placed team in the east. I honestly don't see that happening.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    They *can* do it, just look at the run they made from July to October last year.

    The problem is whether or not they actually will. Doesn't seem they have the pieces to do so at the moment, and next month's window may be too late to totally dig out of the hole they've got themselves in currently.

    It's disheartening that even though attendance figures are up, there is absolutely no buzz around the team this year at all. In all my time of watching the Fire, I don't recall the lack of buzz or excitement we're experiencing currently.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Don't take this the wrong way, but why would there be buzz around the Fire after years of mediocrity, years of the too-late mid-season signings, player mismanagement, no big name players (save Magee, and even he is debatable)? Not to mention a stadium in a poor location. Frankly, I give the organization props for higher attendance despite all the obstacles. We all saw what happened to the Blackhawks when they were mismanaged for years and what happened when the people at the top figured it out and turned it around. You don't get buzz by just putting a crap team on the field year after year and don't go for it from day 1.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    I agree 100%. I think the point you made is the very reason. It's been since 2009 that there's been anything tangible to be excited about with the club, but this year it seems any thought of the "glory days" has ceased to be enough to carry fans through yet another rough season.

    Compound that with missed opportunities in the media (CJ's return, etc) as well as a World Cup watch party where 30k showed up to Soldier Field that was seemingly un-capitalized upon, and the outlook is even more bleak.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    The team could not have a World cup watch party because the raccoons in the upper deck had already booked it...

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    It all comes down to results. Buzz from the media, fans, and even the general public will come if the organization would create some on the field. 2 wins in your first 14 games will not do that. I have heard arguments that results do not matter and that the team has to become "cool" in the eyes of Chicago. I completely disagree with that as I think it all depends on results. Imagine the buzz if the Fire were 10-2-2 through their first 14 games.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Funny how cool you are if you're winning and not sitting at the bottom of the East.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Also reference the late-season run in 2011.

  • Giuseppe Gentile, who was on loan to the Charlotte Eagles, has been waived.

  • Tonight's game

    Chi-Tor Tor

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I'll go with a draw tonight in Chicago and San Jose over Chivas.

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