A severe thunderstorm left TOYOTA PARK without power, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Chicago Fire from advancing to the Semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Dominic Oduro scored early, while Orr Barouch and Yamith Cuesta struck after the break to give the Chicago Fire an emphatic 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night at Toyota Park.
In a match that was moved up two-and-a-half hours due to the power outages that plagued over 800,000 homes and businesses throughout the Chicagoland area since Monday morning, the Fire trotted out a full-strength squad against a Red Bull side that traveled just 14 players.
Ghanaian striker Dominic Oduro opened his Fire U.S. Open Cup account in the seventh minute when a chipped ball out of midfield from Marco Pappa found Cristian Nazarit at the top of the box. The Colombian took one touch before Oduro ran onto the ball and buried a low drive under Red Bull ‘keeper Bouna Condoul to take the match to 1-0.
A flurry of chances came from Oduro and his teammates through the first half as the Fire outshot the Red Bulls 13-1, but the hosts went into the locker room with the single tally.
Coming out of the halftime respite, the Fire looked confident of adding to their lead and found goal two in the 48th minute. Marco Pappa played a short corner from the left to Paladini who crossed towards the back post, finding the head of Colombian center back Yamith Cuesta who nodded the ball past Coundoul to take things to 2-0.
Just three minutes later, Fire substitute striker Orr Barouch opened his account in the Open Cup proper when a bouncing ball in the box fell to his feet. The Israeli-born forward fired a shot from the top of the penalty area which deflected off Stephen Keel before bouncing over the goal line, making things 3-0 in the 51st minute.
Barouch closed out the scoring and found his brace when substitute Diego Chaves recovered a loose ball at midfield. The Uruguayan striker took time and found Barouch charging up the left where he took one touch before firing a low drive underneath Condoul in the 69th minute.
With the win, the Fire advance to the semifinals of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup where the side will take on the winner of Tuesday night’s clash between MLS’ Sporting Kansas City and the Richmond Kickers. If Sporting wins the tie, the Fire will go on the road to LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Tuesday, August 30. If Richmond wins, the Fire will welcome the USL-Pro side to TOYOTA PARK on the same date.
The Fire next welcome the expansion Portland Timbers to TOYOTA PARK for a MLS league fixture on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. CT (CSN). Chicago Fire Season Tickets, which include a ticket to the Chicago Fire – Manchester United match at Soldier Field, are available by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473), or by heading to the club’s official website at Chicago-Fire.com.
- With his seventh minute goal, striker Dominic Oduro moves into the team lead in goals across all competitions with six.
- With his two strikes, Orr Barouch now has four goals in competitive matches in a Fire uniform. The Israeli-born striker previously tallied one goal in league play and one in Open Cup qualifying.
- Yamith Cuesta scored his second goal in a Fire uniform. Cuesta scored the tying goal in the 76th minute which sent the May 24 U.S. Open Cup qualifying match at San Jose into extra time.
- Sean Johnson has yet to concede a goal in the U.S. Open Cup proper. The second-year Fire keeper has held opponents scoreless through 300 minutes of play over three career matches dating back to 2010.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Chicago Fire 4 – 0 New York Red Bulls
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Jalil Anibaba, Josip Mikulic, Yamith Cuesta, Gonzalo Segares; Marco Pappa (Diego Chaves 66’), Logan Pause ©, Daniel Paladini Patrick Nyarko (Baggio Husidic 66’); Dominic Oduro, Cristian Nazarit (Orr Barouch 46’)
Substitutes not used: Jon Conway, Dasan Robinson, Pari Pantazopoulos, Michael Videira
New York Red Bulls: Bouna Coundoul; Chris Albright (Marcos Paullo 60’), Stephen Keel, Tyler Lassiter, Mike Jones; Theodore Schnieder (Sacir Hot 72’), Matt Kassel, Mehdi Ballouchy ©, John Rooney, Austin Da Luz; Corey Hertzog
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Horwath
CHI – Dominic Oduro (Cristian Nazarit, Marco Pappa) 7’
CHI – Yamith Cuesta (Daniel Paladini, Gonzalo Segares) 48’
CHI – Orr Barouch (unassisted) 51’
CHI – Orr Barouch (Diego Chaves) 69’
CHI – Orr Barouch (caution) 58’
NY – Matt Kassel (caution) 85’
NY – Sacir Hot (caution) 87’
Referee: Hilario Grejeda
Referee’s Assistants: Eric Boria, Anthony Vasoli
4th Referee: Abbey Okalaja