The Chicago Fire may not have had a roaring crowd behind them Thursday morning but a late lineup move by Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha gave them an advantage in a 2-1 win in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
After the match was postponed due to inclement weather in the Chicago area Warzycha shifted his focus to the Crew’s upcoming match-up against the Montreal Impact on Saturday.
The lineup change was not evident early as Konard Warzycha put the Crew ahead in the 22nd minute. The Warzycha header came nine yards out off a free kick from Ben Spears.
Six minutes later Fire midfielder Mike Magee evened the score. Alex sent a pass up the pitch to defender Gonzalo Segares on the left side of the box and Segares sent a cross to Magee for the Fire’s opening goal against Crew goaltender Andy Gruenebaum.
Right before halftime Magee almost scored his second goal, sending a shot inches wide of the post. The Fire would find their go-ahead goal in the 78th minute of a cross from Chris Rolfe to a diving Patrick Nyarko.
The Fire will face USL Pro League’s Orlando City Soccer Club in the US Open Cup quarterfinals on June 26. Orlando City will come into the match after a 1-0 victory against 2012 US Open Cup winners Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night. Chicago will continue their MLS play on June 19 against Colorado.