Fire to host Louisville City FC in fourth round of U.S. Open Cup

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The Chicago Fire will embark on a search for its fifth U.S. Open Cup trophy beginning with a fourth-round fixture against Louisville City FC.

The Men in Red will welcome the USL side after The Coopers dispatched Indy Eleven 2-0 in extra time at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Wednesday night.

As thunderstorms rolled through the Indianapolis area, the match was hampered by weather delays prior to kickoff. The ensuing 90 minutes left both sides unable to break a scoreless stalemate and resulted in a riveting extra time period that seemed destined for a penalty kick shootout.

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Late goals from Nate Polak and Sidney Rivera, however, helped James O’Connor's outfit to victory, stifling the home crowd and capping off a memorable evening for USL teams. Louisville's defeat of Indy Eleven marked the seventh of a NASL team by a USL side Wednesday.

Affiliated with Major League Soccer expansion team Orlando City SC, Louisville advanced to the third round following its slender 1-0 win over fourth tier team Lansing United of the NPSL 1-0 on May 13 in the previous stage, the club's first-ever appearance in the 102nd edition of the tournament. 

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Wednesday's triumph sees Louisville make its third consecutive away trip in the competition and its first against MLS opposition in the Fire, who will host the match on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Park.   

 

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