Fire 2 Kickers 1 - Fire Reach US Open Cup Final

The Fire earned a place in their sixth US Open Final by virtue of a 2-1 victory over a scrappy Richmond Kickers club that battled for ninety minutes.  The Seattle Sounders FC will be the opponent on October 4 in Washington after they defeated FC Dallas 1-0.

The Fire are making an attempt to salvage something out of a frustrating 2011 season as the team appears to be rounding into form as the MLS season reaches the home stretch.  Sebastian Grazzini continues to be a catalyst, this time providing a pass into Patrick Nyarko in the 32nd minute that lead to the Argentine’s score from the penalty spot.  Dominic Oduro also continues to surprise many with his goal scoring ability this season.  Oduro’s 61st minute golazo provided the difference in what is turning out to be a career year for him.  Frank Klopas called Oduro’s strike “world class” in his post game press conference (which you can see here).

Team captain Logan Pause was excited after the match but warned, “I think as you can see through our play we’re getting more confident but we still haven’t done anything.  We’re in a final which we’re happy about but we want to lift the trophy and then we obviously want to make a final push for the playoffs. ”

Other USOC Post Game Notes:

  • Sebastian Grazzini was substituted at half time for Baggio Husidic due to a hamstring injury.  Grazzini said after the match that he was nursing a knock on his ankle and favoring the injury may have caused the hamstring tightness.  He does expect to be ready for the Fire’s next league match in San Jose.
  • The US Open Cup Final appearance will be the Fire’s sixth in club history.  The Sounders have won the last two USOC titles.
  • Pavel Pardo did not play due to the calf injury suffered against Colorado.
  • The US Open Cup Final will be played at 9pm central time at Century Link Field on Tuesday, October 4.  Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, September 6.
  • For those that missed the game or would like to watch it again, should have it available soon.
  • Both Marco Pappa and Orr Barouch will be active during the break representing Guatemala and Israel in international friendlies.  Barouch and the Israeli U-21’s face England on Monday while Pappa and Guatemala will play St. Vincent/Grenadines on Friday and Belize on Tuesday before returning to Chicago for MLS play.


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  • Check out more post game comments from Logan Pause at the Fire Confidential Facebook page.

  • GR, Seatte won 1-0, not 2-1. You must be getting sleepy.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    You are correct...that what happens when you post at 1 in the morning.

  • Even more sad is the fact that I watched the game on the internet. I was hoping the Fire would get to host the final. Its not that I think Seattle isn't a beatable team (it is), I just think that the Fire have a really hard time playing on artificial turf, especially Seattle's where the turf is known to have an even more unnatural carry to each bounce.

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    Yeah, were in the final. You would think that for the sake of competitiveness, US Soccer wouldn't schedule back to back finals the same venue. Looks like we really need a real sponsor for this tournament. Or US Soccer need to sell it to somebody else who is more ambitious, or get some naming rights. Please do something, anything.

  • In reply to waam:

    A tournament sponsor is a great idea but that's easier said than done. Schellas Hyndman voiced his concerns with the concept of buying home games in his post game comments last night.

    (On whether the crowd was a factor, and his thoughts on the way the Open Cup is currently organized...) "I think the crowd is a great motivator. For me, this is one of the best events - the Lamar Hunt Open Cup - but I'd really like to see it into a structure where it's not a bid system. A bid system is where one team will buy the games because they're bidding higher. I think 20 years ago, the college game was the same thing. It could go to the higher seeds, instead of a bid system where you're spending money, or it could be pre-determined. I think that brings out all the fairness to the event."

  • nyarko, oduro, and grazzini all make the MLS team of the week

  • I confirmed that the entire match from last night is available on I had to go to the video section and then look at the bottom "What's New" section to find the US Open Cup logo but it's there.

    Quality's not great, but I can't complain.

  • In reply to madtown:

    Ah yes...."that one oughta keep Granny warm this winter."

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    The internet and other news outlets are already giving Seattle the Cup title. Lets get our 5th Cup and go 3 up on every other MLS club.

  • I can't think of anyone it would be sweeter to beat on their home field than the Sounders. It will be a tall order though. But, that just makes the outcome all more savory. Has Grazzini played on FieldTurf yet?
    Will FSC be showing the final? I have to say that the Sounders internet feed was very well done.

  • In reply to Doug:

    The US Open Cup Final will indeed be carried live by Fox Soccer Channel at 9pm on October 4.

  • In reply to Doug:

    That disaster in Vancouver was on turf.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Fire have a turf practice field I'll bet they'll use it a few times before that game...

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Dang it GR. Dang it!

  • wish MLS would outlaw those fake fields

  • GR,

    Any topics coming up, or no news until 9/10?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Always stuff to talk about. 9/10 is a long way off. More Fire related stuff soon.

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    EPL is off till 9/10 as well. This is going to be sooooooo boring.

  • What's the Fire's overall record on turf? Its not very good. You can just look at the Fire's record at BMO field before that grassed it over to see. The game against Portland this Spring is another example of a disaster, and that's supposed to be one of the better turf fields. Look at old Fire games against the Revs. That was horror show too. I don't blame the team, I blame MLS for allowing the game to be played on crappy surfaces for soccer.

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