Fire top Earthquakes in US Open cup qualifying
Orr Barouch and Yamith Cuesta scored second-half goals to force a tie, and Scott Sealy's game-ending miss in penalty kicks gave the Chicago Fire a 5-4 shootout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday in U.S. Open Cup qualifying play.
Marco Pappa, Cristian Nazarit, Barouch, Dominic Oduro and Daniel Paladini scored for Chicago in the penalty-kick phase after the teams ended 120 minutes of play tied at 2-all.
Chris Wondolowski, Ramiro Corrales, Khari Stephenson, Brandon McDonald hit their PKs for San Jose, but Sealy's sixth-round attempt caromed off the crossbar, down the ground and bounced harmlessly away.
Chicago's Logan Pause drove his kick high to give San Jose hope in the second round of penalties, but Sam Cronin's response bounced off the crossbar and out of play to keep things level.
Seldom-used Ellis McLoughlin and Justin Morrow both scored first-half goals to give San Jose a 2-0 lead at intermission. But Barouch, a halftime substitute, tallied in the 61st minute, and Cuesta tied things in the 76th.
The Fire played a man down for the final 22 minutes of OT after defender Gonzalo Segares was given a red card as several players jawed with each other following a tough challenge by Stephenson in the 98th minute. It was the last of nine cards handed out on the evening by busy referee Daniel Radford.
But San Jose couldn't create many serious chances even with the advantage.
The win keeps alive the Fire's streak of 14 consecutive appearances in the U.S. Open Cup main draw. Chicago, a four-time winner of the tournament, will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent on June 28.