FENTON, Mo. (June 14, 2017) – The Chicago Fire advanced to the Round of 16 in the 104th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 win over USL side Saint Louis FC at Toyota Stadium in Fenton, Mo.
The Fire nearly got on the board in the 14th minute when rookie midfielder Daniel Johnson earned a free kick just outside the Saint Louis 18-yard-box, but Juninho’s ensuing restart clanged off the post.
Luis Solignac opened scoring in the 27th minute. Brandon Vincent received the ball on the left flank and whipped in a cross to Solignac, finding the Argentine striker 12 yards out. With his back towards goal, Solignac hit a one-time, right-footed backheel past an outstretched Adam Grinwis for the lone goal of the game.
The hosts’ best chance for an equalizer came in the 79th minute when Max Alvarez broke free and whipped his header on goal but Matt Lampson quickly got to his left and safely parried it away.
Saint Louis were reduced to 10 men in the 81st minute when Dragan Stojkov was shown his second yellow card of the game.
With the win, the Fire move to 42-14-5 all-time in Open Cup play.
The draw to determine opponents and hosting scenarios for the Round of 16 will be held on Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m. CT and be streamed live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page.
The Men in Red return to league play when they travel to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. CT (CSN/Univision Chicago 1200AM).
104th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Fourth Round
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1:0 Saint Louis FC (USL)
June 14, 2017 – Toyota Stadium; Fenton, Mo.
CHI – Luis Solignac (Brandon Vincent) 27’
STL – Octavio Guzman (caution) 29’
CHI – Dax McCarty (caution) 43’
STL – Dragan Stojkov (caution) 68’
CHI – Juninho (caution) 71’
STL – Dragan Stojkov (caution, ejection) 81’
CHI – Brandon Vincent (caution) 85’
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Drew Conner, Johan Kappelhof, Jonathan Campbell, Brandon Vincent; Dax McCarty (Matt Polster 58’); Arturo Alvarez, Daniel Johnson (Djordje Mihailovic 57’), Juninho, Michael de Leeuw; Luis Solignac (Matej Dekovic 86’)
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland; Michael Harrington; Brandt Bronico, David Arshakyan
Shots: 16; Shots On-Goal: 6; Saves: 2; Fouls: 16; Corners: 4; Offsides: 2
Saint Louis FC: Adam Grinwis; Octavio Guzman (Tyler David 76’), Erick Cabalceta, A.J. Cochran, Wesley Charpie; Mats Bjurman Denis Ahmetovic 79’), Dragan Stojkov, Emir Alihidivoc, Sebastian Dalgaard (Max Alvarez 63’), Christian Volesky, Jose Angulo
Subs not used: Devala Gorrick, Austin Ledbetter, Konrad Plewa, Ryan Howe
Shots: 9; Shots On-Goal: 2; Saves: 6; Fouls: 15; Corners: 6; Offsides: 0