Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Fire advance to US Open Cup's Quarterfinals

Chicago Fire 2-0 Kansas City Wizards

With both teams having played on Saturday and playing each other on Wednesday, Monday night belonged to the 'under classmen' of the clubs. Big names like Josh Wolff, Justin Mapp, Chris Rolfe, Eddie Johnson, Bo Oshoniyi and Thiago were either not used or came in as subs.

Chicago was able to make better use of their second tier, perhaps because they have more playing time then KC's similar tier. The Wizards, who on Saturday showed the type of clever attacking style everyone knows they have, were flat on offense. No one was really pushing forward and chances were not being created.

On the other side of the ball, the Fire's Andy Herron seemed ready to take every shot he could and it paid off in the 65th minute when he headed in a pass from Brian Plotkin.

With the win, Chicago will host New England in the quarterfinal next Wednesday at 8:30pm ET.

Don't forget the US Soccer Carnival part IV.

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