On this date in Chicago Fire history, Oct. 21, 2000, the Fire defeated Major League Soccer counterpart Miami Fusion, 2-1, to win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Soldier Field. It marked the third championship in the Fire's first three years (1998 and 2000 U.S. Open Cup champions, 1998 MLS Cup champions).
Bulgarian forward Hristo Stoitchkov netted the Fire's first goal in the 44th minute off of an Ante Razov cross to take a 1-0 lead. The match stayed that way until the 88th minute with an own goal from Fusion defender Tyrone Marshall. Marshall's lapse came from a DaMarcus Beasley cross as Chicago garnered a 2-0 advantage.
Brazilian forward Welton did tally a goal deep into second-half stoppage time for the Fusion, but it was too little, too late.
The Fire controlled the match with a 13-7 advantage in shots. Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton made two saves.
Also noteworthy on this date: In 2005, the Fire and D.C. United set an MLS playoff record with the fewest shots on goal in a game, combining for just three during their Eastern Conference semifinal series match. Not surprisingly, the game ended in a scoreless draw.