Rapid Reaction: Fire 4, Red Bulls 0

July, 12, 2011
7/12/11
6:57
PM CT
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 4-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls in their quarterfinal match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Toyota Park:

How it happened: Fire second-half sub Orr Barouch made the most of his 45-minute stint with goals in the 51st and 69th minutes. Dominic Oduro started the Fire's offensive barrage with a seventh-minute goal. Yamith Cuesta's 48th-minute header gave Chicago a 2-0 lead, and Barouch's tallies broke the match wide open.

What it means: The Fire, four-time winners of the Open Cup, advance to the semifinals and will host the USL Pro's Richmond Kickers on Aug. 30. Richmond, the last remaining non-MLS side involved in the tournament, defeated host Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, late Tuesday night. The Open Cup final takes place on Oct. 4.

Outside the box: Fire defender Cory Gibbs missed the match because of food poisoning. The Fire rested Gibbs in the third-round match against the USL Pro's Rochester Rhinos. Josip Mikulic stepped into the fray at center back alongside Cuesta.

Up next: The Fire return to MLS play when they host the expansion Portland Timbers for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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