Fire squeak by Indy Eleven in PKs

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.



Filed under: 2016 US Open Cup

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • If you watch the PKs closely, the one that Indy took that was very weak, you can see the ball roll away from goal during the player's run up.

    Other than that the game was awful to watch. There was absolutely no urgency from the Fire until the 2nd 15 minutes of extra time. I'm sure Paunovic isn't too thrilled that the majority of his starters played 120 minutes heading into this weekend's game in altitude.

  • The US Open Cup fifth round draw will pit Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire on June 28.

  • "Just win baby"

    It's all we got goin' for us.

  • Ugly is an understatement. Iggy's penalty was horrendous. Only his missed wide open shot for 6ft was more incomprehensible. He should have easily put that away. Also, someone should ask Accam if he knows the definition insanity because I am not sure how many more times he will try to dribble between 2 or 3 defenders only to clang the ball off an opponents shin to realize it is not working. Love the Fire hate the lack of teamwork in this game.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Accam could be the Ghanaian Chad Barrett.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I told my wife when Kennedy was stepping up to the ball that he was going to sky his penalty, just watch. Sure enough...

  • In reply to dustbin:

    You and me both. It wasn't surprising at all that he got the field goal.

  • at least we aren't NYCFC...

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    At least we didn't lose.

    But perhaps all the Dutch and African players we're apparently betting on to make the difference will gel into a well-drilled functioning team with an ability to make goals. Somehow.

  • I've seen HS penalties go 10 deep without that kind of miss from Igbo. That's just inexcusable from a professional at any level. He was way off all night. Fans aren't going to pay to watch that.

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