BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (July 18, 2018) – The Chicago Fire advanced to their record 13th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal with a 4-0 win over Louisville City FC Wednesday evening at Toyota Park.
Nemanja Nikolić opened scoring with his header in the 16th minute and Aleksandar Katai doubled the lead with his right-footed blast in the 32nd minute to give the Fire a 2-0 advantage before halftime.
Rookie Diego Campos added to the lead in the 90th minute when he stripped the ball off Louisville’s goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski and tapped it into the goal. Elliot Collier capped scoring two minutes later with a tight-angle finish on Dobrowolski.
The draw for the semifinal and final rounds will be hosted by U.S. Soccer on Thursday, July 19. The draw will be available via live webstream at USsoccer.com.
The Fire return to MLS action against Toronto FC at Toyota Park on July 21 at 6 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Univision Deportes Chicago 1200AM). Pregame coverage will begin live on ESPN+ at 5:45 p.m. CT.
Chicago Fire 4:0 Louisville City FC
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Quarterfinal Round
July 18, 2018 – Toyota Park
CHI - Nemanja Nikolić (Aleksandar Katai) 16’
CHI – Aleksandar Katai (Bastian Schweinsteiger) 32’
CHI – Diego Campos (unassisted) 89’
CHI – Elliot Collier (Jorge Corrales) 90+2’
LOU – Paco Craig (caution) 62’
LOU – Paolo DelPiccolo (caution) 64’
LOU – Kyle Smith (ejection) 84’
CHI – Elliot Collier (caution) 86’
LOU – Sean Totsch (caution) 89’
LOU – Magnus Rasmussen (ejection) 90+3’
CHI – Tony Tchani (caution) 90+4
Chicago Fire: Richard Sánchez; Diego Campos, Johan Kappelhof, Brandon Vincent, Jorge Campos; Brandt Bronico, Dax McCarty (C) (Tony Tchani 70’); Elliot Collier, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Jonathan Campbell 83’), Aleksandar Katai (Rafael Ramos 74’); Nemanja Nikolić
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland; Drew Conner, Daniel Johnson, Alan Gordon
Shots: 17; Shots On-Goal: 7; Fouls: 15; Saves: 3; Offsides: 2; Corners: 2.
Louisville City: Tim Dobrowolski; Paco Craig, Sean Totsch, Pat McMahon (Shaun Francis 73’), Paolo DelPiccolo (C), Oscar Jimenez, Devon Williams, Kyle Smith, Brian Ownby, George Davis IV (Ilija llic 58’), Cameron Lancaster (Magnus Rasmussen) 61’
Subs not used: Chris Hubbard
Shots: 10; Shots On-Goal: 3; Fouls: 18; Saves: 3; Offsides: 0; Corners: 2.