July 15, 2007
U.S. OPEN CUP
Another MLS club crashes
CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 1, CHICAGO FIRE 0
CARY, N.C.---The Chicago Fire became the fourth Major League Soccer tesam to lose to a lower level club in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Carolina RailHawks.
Carolina, an expansion team in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division, broke through in the 56th minute when McColum Cephas accepted a one-touch pass from Anthony Maher in the box and placed a low shot inside the near post.
Chicago was outshot, 13-10, in a physical contest that produced 36 fouls and six yellow cards. The Fire’s best scoring chance of the night came in the 48th minute when Chad Barrett closed in on the Carolina net from the right side, only to see his shot land in the chest of goalkeeper John O’Hara.
“As we expected, the RailHawks were good and efficient with the ball,” said Juan Carlos Osorio, completing just his first week on the job as the Fire’s new head coach. “We had chances tonight, but were unable to get the goal we needed. We will keep working to turn things around.”
The Fire, four time winners of the Open Cup, including last year, are 25-5-2 all-time in the competition.