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Fire beats Crew in US Open Cup

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (June 13, 2013) – The Chicago Fire defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Originally scheduled for Wednesday evening at Toyota Park but postponed due to severe weather in the Chicagoland area, the match kicked off under ideal weather conditions Thursday afternoon. Konrad Warzycha opened scoring for the visitors but goals from Mike Magee and Patrick Nyarko led the Men in Red to victory.

 The Fire will host USL-PRO side Orlando City SC in the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Toyota Park on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets for the match will go on sale on Friday, June 14 at noon CT via Ticketmaster and by calling 888-MLS-FIRE. The match will serve as Bonus Game 3 for Fire Season Ticket Holders.

Just nine minutes into Thursday's match, Crew head coach Robert Warzycha was forced to make an early substitution when Glauber went down after a collision in the Crew penalty box and had to be replaced by former Fire man Dominic Oduro.

The move would make an immediate impact as in the 14th minute, Oduro received the ball and went racing into the penalty box and chipped the ball over Johnson, but his shot sailed over the cross bar.

In the 22nd minute the visitors would get on board first when the Crew won a free kick 20 yards from goal. Crew Homegrown forward Ben Speas drove in the ensuing free kick and found Konrad Warzycha, who rose above his defender and headed the ball into goal just out of reach of Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson.

It didn't take long for the Fire to find the equalizer. Costa Rican left back Gonzalo Segares dribbled into the box and played a low, driven cross to Mike Magee at the top of the penalty area. Magee coolly slotted his one-time shot past Crew ‘keeper Andy Gruenebaum to level the score in the 29th minute.

With both teams searching for a winner, the Fire would come close in the 67th minute when Maicon Santos played the ball down in to countryman Alex, but the Brazilian blasted his point-blank shot straight at Gruenebaum.

The home side would find the game-winner in the 77th minute. Forward Chris Rolfe served a perfectly placed cross into the box to Patrick Nyarko. With a snap header, the Ghanaian winger redirected the ball into goal to give the Fire the eventual game winner.

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