The Fire broke what seemed like a season long winless drought with a dramatic victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. The victor was decided after an additional thirty minutes of play and six penalty kick rounds. Daniel Paladini converted the deciding kick as Scott Sealy missed his chance for San Jose. The victory ensured the Fire a place in the US Open Cup tournament for
thirteenth fourteenth consecutive season.
After going down 2-0 at half time the Fire clawed back to tie the match on goals from Orr Barouch and Yamith Cuesta. Say what you will about the results but this team does continue to fight in every match. “I feel very proud of this group because they left it all on the field. Despite being a man down a large part of the overtime, the guys showed character and courage. We were well-ordered in back and kept the result. At the end we were just trying to make it to penalties, and then the guys executed well,” said Carlos De Los Cobos after the game.