Match Recap: Chicago Fire 2, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

Ward, Magee score in rain-shortened match to send the Fire to the 5th round of the USOC

Grant Ward

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The Chicago Fire secured their passage into the fifth round of the US Open Cup with a somewhat fortuitous rule call when stormy weather deemed the match unplayable after taking a 2-1 halftime lead over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Toyota Park on Wednesday.
 
With the game delayed almost two hours before kick off because of torrential rain, thunder and lightning, the hosts forged a 2-0 lead by the 39th minute through close-range strikes from Grant Ward and Mike Magee.
However, the USL PRO visitors struck back through Andrew Marshall to leave them trailing 2-1 at the break.
 
And just as referee Alex Chilowicz was about to get the second half underway, the heavens reopened and the players were called off the pitch.
 
The players returned over an hour later an played three minutes before the game was abandoned. Subsequently, per US Open Cup regulations, the Fire were declared winners of the tie, having held a halftime lead, and they will now progress to face the Columbus Crew in the next round.
 

Chicago Fire 2 – 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

 

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Matt Watson, Patrick Ianni, Bakary Soumare, Greg Cochrane; Grant Ward, Jeff Larentowicz ©, Logan Pause, Harry Shipp; Mike Magee, Quincy Amarikwa

Substitutes not used: Kyle Reynish, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Steven Kinney, Alex, Benji Joya, Chris Ritter, Juan Luis Anangono

Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Hunter Gilstrap; Robert Vincent, Brian Fekete, Andrew Marshall, Sterling Flunder; Alfonson Motagalvan, Kevin Kerr, Daniel Earls, Matthew Dallman, Jose Angulo; Collins John ©

Substitutes not used: Michael Lisch, Michael Green, Mike Seth, Joseph Ngwenya, Seth C’deBaca, Anthony Obodai, Anthony Arena

 

Scoring Summary

CHI – Grant Ward (Quincy Amarikwa) 22’  

CHI – Mike Magee (Jeff Larentowicz) 40’

PIT – Andrew Marshall (unassisted) 41’

 

Misconduct Summary

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Assistants:  Andrew Bigelow, Brandon RinkenbergerReferee: Alex Chilowicz

Fourth Official: Miguel Panduro Jr.

Attendance: 5,716