Fire down Pittsburgh, advance in US Open Cup

A downpour combined with lightning in the area delayed kick off for almost two hours and another storm stopped play 4 minutes in the second half. The second delay was enough for US Soccer and match officials to declare Chicago victorious with a 2-1 lead and no apparent chance to resume the match.

After a sluggish start from both teams, Grant Ward put the Fire on top in the 22nd minute after taking a pass from Quincy Amarikwa following a good build up. The Fire controlled the bulk of possession for the remainder of the half and Mike Magee put the home team up 2-0 after Jeff Larentowicz headed a ball in his direction from a corner kick.

Pittsburgh got a goal back in the 41st when Andrew Marshall headed home a second ball from a free kick. Larentowicz appeared to have cleared the ball off the line as he was standing in the goal area but the referee ruled that the ball had completely crossed the line.

Played resumed for the second half with more inclement weather approaching. Magee almost made it 3-1 when his shot hit the crossbar in the 48th. One minute later lightning stopped the match again and the game was called with the Fire leading.

The win marks another odd chapter in the club's US Open Cup history. The Fire will host the Columbus Crew next Wednesday at 7:30 in the fifth round of the tournament.

Filed under: 2014 US Open Cup

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • It appears Orlando City has signed Kaka.

    Fire still on the clock.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So Kaka was not "with in reason"?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I knew I wasn't going to have to eat that scarf. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    They've been on the clock, what, 4 years now since the Nery Castillo debacle? And haven't had an effective DP signing since '07 with Blanco? Aaaarrrrrggghhhhhh.

  • Side note.....Fire Reserves play at Wilmington Hammerheads tomorrow night.

  • MLS attendance is up this year

    Fire attendance is up over 20% from last season.

  • any word on possible "with in reason" options for DP this summer?

  • In reply to mintyfresh315:

    Nothing appears to be imminent yet.....working on it

  • Prepare to be underwhelmed...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Grant Ward's loan extension will be our summer singing.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    It could have been worse based on recent history.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Could have been much worse. Same results so far this season. But lots more excitement from the new youth. Excitement that should carry over and swell into next year!

  • In reply to Arklow:

    That is until we trade our young talent for more allocation funds so Andy doesn't have to use his own money.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    What young talent was previously traded for allocation funds?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:


  • In reply to penapirata:

    He wasn't traded so that AH didn't have to pay out of pocket, he was traded because they needed the cap space to pay Magee.

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