Category: 2016 US Open Cup

Fire flop in USOC Semifinal.....again

Let the 2017 preseason begin. For the fourth consecutive year the Fire came agonizingly close to returning to the US Open Cup Final and for the fourth straight time they bowed out with a whimper. The build up to this match was centered around the realization that this game could salvage the season but the... Read more »

Fire v Revolution USOC Semifinal match preview

What Are They All About? Chicago Fire Open Cup Preview On Saturday night the Chicago Fire drew closer to the inevitability of missing the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. Mathematical probability suggests that a less than 5% chance of reaching the post season still exists but you’ll have a hard time discussing that number... Read more »

Fire notebook - USOC Semifinal edition

There’s a lot riding on Tuesday’s US Open Cup Semifinal (7:00, ESPN2). With a victory the Fire will host the Final in September against the winner of Wednesday’s Los Angeles Galaxy/FC Dallas contest, along with snapping the embarrassing 38-game winless streak across all competitions. Beating their long-time rival on the road to advance to a... Read more »

Fire defeat Fort Lauderdale, advance to USOC Semifinals

There wasn’t much doubt to this one from the start. The Fire easily handled the last NASL squad left standing in the US Open Cup tournament. A comfortable 3-0 win has landed them in the Semifinals for the twelfth time in club history. Veljko Paunovic fielded a near first choice line-up to back up his... Read more »

Fire v Fort Lauderdale Strikers USOC match preview

What Are They All About? Fort Lauderdale Strikers   The Brimstone Cup has a new home. FC Dallas defeated the Chicago Fire 3-1 this past Saturday to solidify their position at the top of the league. Chicago find themselves back in last place, a spot they have occupied for most of the 2016 season. In... Read more »

Fire defeat Crew, advance to USOC Quarterfinals

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... Read more »

Fire v Crew - USOC match preview

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC Open Cup After a roller coaster of emotions, the Chicago Fire ultimately fell 4-3 against the Philadelphia Union in their last league outing. Veljko Paunovic’s calls for a renewal of energy and attitude were somewhat answered by the Fire players in their first multi-goals match since the... Read more »

Fire notebook - USOC round of 16, Polster still out, and more

The Fire’s best chance at hardware this season still lies in a chance to win a fifth US Open Cup title. A familiar foe visits Toyota Park on Tuesday and Columbus Crew SC looks to be vulnerable while sitting just ahead of Chicago in the regular season table. Veljko Paunovic talked about preparation for the... Read more »

Fire squeak by Indy Eleven in PKs

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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.... Read more »

Fire v Indy Eleven US Open Cup match preview

What Are They All About? Indy Eleven Preview The Return of the Cup! The Chicago Fire drew 1-1 against the Portland Timbers in their last MLS outing before a league wide break for COPA America Centenario but will find themselves back in action for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday against Indy Eleven... Read more »