CHICAGO - For the fourth time in the team's seven-year history, the Chicago Fire (7-11-8, 29 pts. in MLS play) will take part in the Final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, this time against the Kansas City Wizards (12-9-7, 41 pts.) on Wednesday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., with kick-off slated for 7:30 p.m. CT. GolTV, America's first soccer-only channel, will televise the match live beginning with a pre-game show at 7 p.m. CT, and fans can also follow the action via an audio broadcast on the team's official website, www.Chicago-Fire.com (English).
The Fire will be looking to take home their fourth title in the nation's oldest soccer competition to go along with the 1998, 2000 and 2003 tournament crowns. Wednesday's match will be the seventh domestic Cup Final (MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup) appearance for the "Men in Red," giving Chicago more championship experience than any MLS side. A fourth U.S. Open Cup crown would give the Fire a fifth domestic championship and break its deadlock with D.C. United at the top of that category.
Chicago Fire @ Kansas City Wizards
2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City, Mo.
Wednesday, September 22 @ 7:30 p.m. CT; Pregame Coverage at 7 p.m.
Audio: www.Chicago-Fire.com (English)
Satellite Information: AMC-1 @ 103 Degrees W
Transponder # 5/ Horizontal
Virtual Channel 100
VCT = 00189
D/L Frequency 3800 MHz
L Band Frequency 1350 MHz
Symbol Rate 29.270 Ms
Chicago Fire AthletiCo Sports Medicine injury report
Armas, Chris - R knee arthroscopic surgery - questionable
Mapp, Justin - R knee Grade II LCL sprain - out
Razov, Ante - R ankle arthroscopic surgery - out
The Globe Pub to host watch party for Wednesday's Open Cup Final
For Fire fans that can't make it to Kansas City, Chicago's newest home for soccer fans, The Globe Pub, will be hosting a watch party for Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup Final between the Fire and Kansas City Wizards. Fire fans are encouraged to gather at The Globe Pub, located at 1934 W. Irving Park Rd. (just east of Damen Ave.), to watch the "Men in Red" shoot for their fifth domestic Cup title. For more information on the party, call 773-871-3757 or visit www.theglobepub.com.
Fire and Wizards again meet with eyes on the prize
Wednesday will mark the second time the Fire and Wizards have met in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, with the first coming back on July 11, 2001 when Chicago defeated the Wizards 1-0 in a third round match at the Blue Valley Activity Complex in Overland Park, Kan. A goal by Hristo Stoitchkov in the 90+ minute would see the Fire through as it sought to repeat as champions in the tournament. This Wednesday will not be the first time that Chicago and Kansas City have met in a Cup Final, as the Wizards defeated the Fire by a similar 1-0 score to win MLS Cup 2000. In that match, played at Washington D.C.'s RFK Stadium, the Fire would dominate the run of play all afternoon, but a Miklos Molnar goal in the 11th minute would stand firm thanks to KC goalkeeper and MLS 2000 MVP Tony Meola's 10 saves on the day.
Fire U.S. Open Cup quick hits