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Fire seeks record fifth Open Cup title tomorrow

I'll get some Sounders news online after their morning training session. For now, here are some notes provided by the club they will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup final:

The Chicago Fire’s (7-8-16, 37 points) march to the cup comes to fruition as the Men in Red look to capture their fifth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, and first since 2006, against the reigning U.S. Open Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. PT (Fox Soccer). Since 1998, the Fire have racked up an impressive 28-8-3 record in Open Cup play, which has helped the squad reach the semifinal round on eight out of 14 occasions and the tournament’s final six times.

The Fire enter the match winners of five of their last seven league matches. The Men in Red have faced Sounders FC twice in 2011. The Fire were defeated 2-1 at CenturyLink Field as Kasey Keller turned away a number of Fire opportunities and Steve Zakuani put home the game winner in a frenzied first half. The two sides played to a scoreless draw in the home leg at TOYOTA PARK. The Fire are winless in the Emerald City against Sounders FC in three previous MLS fixtures dating back to 2009.

Entering their sixth final, the Fire have raised the prestigious Dewar Cup on four previous occasions, going 4-1-0 in U.S. Open Cup Finals, with their only final loss coming to Sporting KC (formerly the Kansas City Wizards), 1-0, at Arrowhead Stadium in 2004. With a victory, the Fire will tie Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles as the only clubs to have ever captured the U.S. Open Cup five times.

· In U.S. Open Cup play all-time the Chicago Fire are 28-8-3 with 73 goals for and 32 goals against.· Versus MLS teams in Open Cup play, the Fire are 16-4-1 and 5-4-0 in matches played away from home. · The Fire are 4-1-0 in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final matches, with their only loss coming to the Kansas City Wizards, 1-0, at Arrowhead Stadium in 2004. · Gonzalo Segares and Logan Pause are the two remaining players from the Fire’s 2006 U.S. Open Cup victory. Dominic Oduro appeared in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup Final as FC Dallas fell to the New England Revolution. · Despite only playing 121 minutes across three games, Orr Barouch leads the team in goals in U.S. Open Cup and qualifying play this season with three goals· Dominic Oduro has tallied the game winners in the Fire’s last two Open Cup matches vs. New York (7/12), vs. Richmond (8/30).· Goalkeeper Sean Johnson is the only Fire player to appear in every minute of every Open Cup match this year.· Jalil Anibaba is the only field player to appear in all 5 Fire Open Cup tournament and qualifying matches this year.

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