Fire reach quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media June 25, 2014 10:14PM
The Fire’s Chris Rolfe (18) takes to the air to celebrate one of his two goals in the team’s victory Saturday against the Crew. | John Gress~Getty Images
Updated: July 27, 2014 8:39AM
Unlike in their U.S. Open Cup opener last week, the Fire didn’t have to deal with any inclement weather. Instead, they faced a Columbus Crew team that knew how to exploit their weaknesses.
But like in that wet fourth-round victory, the Fire prevailed Wednesday, beating the Crew 4-2 on extra-time goals by Quincy Amarikwa and Juan Luis Anangono to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. They will visit the NASL’s Atlanta
Silverbacks on July 9.
‘‘It’s always good to win any match,’’ Fire coach Frank Yallop said. ‘‘And I think that on the basis of the play we had, especially [in] the first half, I thought we deserved to win the game.’’
The Fire took a 1-0 lead on Patrick Ianni’s goal in the 34th minute. But that turned, as Jairo Arrieta tied it in the 55th before Bernardo Anor gave the Crew a 2-1 lead in the 70th.
Anangono replaced injured Mike Magee in the 77th and tied the score in the 83rd. Amarikwa then scored the go-ahead goal in the 91st
before Anangono clinched the victory in the 108th.
‘‘We dug in,’’ Amarikwa said. ‘‘That shows the character of the team, and we battled back.’’