A first half brace from David Accam was enough to propel Chicago past Columbus 2-1 and move the Fire into the US Open Cup Quarterfinals on July 20. Accam found space in the 7th minute and placed a perfect shot into the net from just outside of the penalty area after taking a pass from John Goossens. Despite Columbus controlling much of the possession, they didn't pose much of a threat offensively and Accam made them pay for the lack of efficiency in their final third by tapping in a well placed cross from Rodrigo Ramos in the 29th.
Gregg Berhalter inserted Will Trapp and Ethan Finlay to start the second half and Columbus continued to dominate possession but the Fire held on, even after a 79th minute penalty was called against Johan Kappelhof for a handball in the box. Veljko Paunovic switched to a 4-5-1 formation in the 69th, partly to rest Accam for a Friday night match against San Jose and partly to take a more defensive posture with a two-goal lead.
The Fire held on for a 2-1 victory and a ticket to host a Quarterfinal match against Wednesday night's Orlando City/Fort Lauderdale contest.
Chicago is now 6-0 against Columbus in US Open Cup play and keeps hope alive for something to be gained out of this season.
Michael de Leeuw will be available for the next US Open Cup match.