The Fire survived some tense moments and plenty of wasted chances to outlast Indy Eleven in penalty kicks in a US Open Cup fourth round matchup. David Accam scored an equalizer in the 111th minute and provided the decisive penalty kick after the two sides remained deadlocked following 120 minutes of less than scintillating soccer.
Justin Braun gave Indy the lead in the first overtime period despite the Fire having the better of the run of play for the first ninety minutes. Chicago's best chance in the first half came in the 22nd minute when Kennedy Igboananike started a counter that led Khaly Thiam into the attacking third to find Accam with a pass but his one-time effort hit the crossbar. Accam had several looks throughout regulation play before putting his chance away in the second overtime period.
Indy pressed and had a good stretch of their own to start the second half but didn't create very many serious chances. The Fire wasted another good opportunity in the 84th when Nick LaBrocca's shot at an open net rolled wide and yet another just before Accam scored when Igboananike shot wide of an open net.
Indy didn't do themselves any favors with two badly taken penalty kicks that Matt Lampson denied to preserve the win and keep the Fire from an embarrassing exit in this year's tournament.
Chicago did manage to control possession 56-44 and outshot Indy 27-16 (8-4 on frame) while completing 82% of their passes but finishing remains a question mark.
The draw for the fifth round matchups in the tournament take place on Thursday at 11am.