U.S. Open Cup
Two goals each by Russell and Thompson lead 5-0 Chicago rout.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Ante Razov had a goal in each half, Dema Kovalenko added a tally and Chicago also profited from an own goal as MLS's Fire blanked the D3 Pro League Texas Rattlers 4-0.
Chicago applied the majority of pressure in the first half and out-shot the Rattlers 14-2. Texas's plan appeared to be defensively minded, but in the 19th minute the dam sprung a leak and Razov was able to head home a Dema Kovalenko freekick.
After the goal, the game began to open up as Chicago applied more and more pressure and in the 27th minute their perseverance would prevail. From another set piece, DaMarcus Beasley's corner kick squirmed across the box glancing off of Razov's head right to a Texas defender, who could not stop it from being re-directed into its own net, 2-0 Chicago. For the remainder of the half Chicago would dominate but were unable to extend their lead.
The Fire sat back on their lead in the second-half allowing Texas a little more possession, but the Rattlers produced no offensive threats as Chicago would control the midfield. Ante Razov's second goal on the night and Dema Kovalenko's 87th minute strike secured the victory for the Chicagoans and put them through the second round and on to an intriguing third round match-up against the Chicago Sockers of the USL's Premier Developmental League. The Sockers produced a major upset defeating the MLS pace setting Kansas City Wizards, 7-6 on penalty kicks.
Chicago Fire Head Coach Bob Bradley said, "A very good performance for us tonight. We have to give credit to them though, they are a good team with some very skillful players. We came out with a good mentality tonight, did a lot of good things, on set pieces and the run of play and had the better of them."
Chicago Fire 4, Texas Rattlers (D3) 0Lineups: Chicago - Zach Thornton, Andrew Lewis, C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra (Tom Soehn 64), Mike Sorber, Evan Whitfield, DaMarcus Beasley, Dema Kovalenko, Chris Armas (Yuri Lavrinenko 64), Ante Razov (Josh Wolff 64), John Wolyniec. Texas - Joe Waggoner, John Gail, Chris Ring, John Wylie, Rodolfo Robledo, Gabriel Gentile, Randall Townsend (Danny Dapaah 71), Wilco Ravestijn, Aaron Nicholson, Luis Zuazua, Dewayne Gilpatrick (Edgar Hernandez 46).
Total shots: Chicago 21, Texas 8. Shots on goal: Chicago 11, Texas 1. Saves: Chicago 1, Texas 7. Fouls: Chicago 13, Texas 18. Offside: Chicago 4, Texas 6. Corner kicks: Chicago 3, Texas 4. Yellow card cautions: Chicago - Lewis 55, Kovalenko 62, Texas - Ring 18, Gail 60.
Referee: Sergio Vega & Ted Covaciu-Woods. Referee's assistants: AlbertoEcheverria, Steven Davidson. Attendance: 3,140 at Forest View Park Stadium in Arlington Heights, Ill. Weather: n/a.
Second-round scoreboardWednesday, June 14
Uruguay (USASA) 0
Mexico S.C. (USASA) 0