Fire beats Rapids 2-1 in US Open Cup play-in
Gaston Puerari and Jalil Anibaba scored to lead the Chicago Fire
to a 2-1 victory Wednesday against the Colorado Rapids in a play-in
match for the U.S. Open Cup.
Puerari scored on a long shot in the 45th minute to make it
Colorado tied it up in the 47th minute, when Quincy Amarikwa
found an open Andre Akpan. Akpan drilled the ball into the net.
The Fire regained the lead in the 61st minute, when Anibaba
blasted a 40-yard shot past diving Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce.
A late shot by Colorado’s Sanna Nyassi in the 86th minute, just
missed the right post.
Chicago will face the winner of Portland-San Jose in the next
round of Open Cup play.