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Fire Advance to Open Cup Semis Behind Offensive Outburst From Wolff

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Wednesday, August 9, 2000) - Chicago took care of business early as Josh Wolff scored twice within the first 10 minutes to stoke the Fire to the early 2-0 lead, as Chicago cruised to a 5-1 romp in front of a standing room only crowd of 7,096 in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Wednesday night in Naperville, IL. Wolff added two other goals and became the first Fire player ever to record 4 goals in a game (earlier this year Ante Razov recorded the Fire's 1st hat-trick). Dallas pulled one back after it was 4-0, but Chicago added a late one and easily handled the Dallas Burn.

The Fire opened in a flurry scoring on their first opportunity with wonderful setup by Razov for Wolff to slot home and adding to their advantage eight minutes later, this time Wolff setting up Kovalenko. As the half progressed, play began to settle down and Dallas began to crawl back into the game creating more scoring chances with Graziani missing a clear cut scoring opportunity.

Chicago exploded in the second half with three Josh Wolff goals and ensured themselves of a semifinal birth against the winner of the Los Angeles vs. San Jose cup-tie. Wolff's four goals on the night breaks the team record of three set by Ante Razov on May 6 at Miami. Hristo Stoitchkov continued his recovery from a groin tear, coming on in the second half for Razov and assisting on Wolff's final two goals.


Participants:Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Dallas Burn (MLS)
Competition:2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal
Venue:Cardinal Stadium (Naperville, Ill.)
Date:August 9, 2000

Scoring Summary:1st2ndFinal

Fire - Wolff, (Razov), 2,
Fire - Kovalenko, (Wolff), 9,
Fire - Wolff (unassisted), 47,
Fire - Wolff, (Stoitchkov), 72,
Burn - Deering, (Rhine), 82,
Fire - Wolff, (Stoitchkov), 87.

BURN - GK-#22-Matt Jordan (GK-#21-Johann Noetzel 67), D-#2-Eric Dade, D-#17-Jorge Rodriguez, D-#12-Brandon Pollard, M-#19-Bobby Rhine, M-#11-Antonio Martinez (M-#15-Chad Deering 28), M-#6-Lazo Alavanja, M-#7-Mark Santel, M-#8-Oscar Pareja, F-#9-Jason Kreis (F-#5-Esmundo Rodriquez 63), F-#20-Ariel Graziani (F-#16-Alexei Korol 57).

FIRE - GK-#18-Zach Thornton (GK-#1-Chris Snitko 80), D-#2-C.J. Brown (D-#6-Tom Soehn 73), D-#17-Andrew Lewis, D-#12-Carlos Bocanegra, M-#14-Chris Armas, M-#15-Jesse Marsch, M-#26-Mike Sorber (M-#4-Sam George 77), M-#7-DaMarcus Beasley, M-#21-Dema Kovalenko, F-#16-Josh Wolff, F-#9-Ante Razov (F-#8-Hristo Stoitchkov 69).

Statistical Summary:DALCHI
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Misconduct Summary:
Alavanja (caution)15,
Razov (caution)16,
Pollard (caution)25,
Graziani (caution)53,
Dade (ejection)75.


BOB BRADLEY, Chicago Fire head coach

"A very good performance by our team tonight. Our players came out with a good attitude, we pushed hard and that pushed the tempo of the game. It was obviously nice to get some early goals, and it was obviously nice for Josh. He has had a tough stretch where he has played well but has not been able to finish. The fans were tremendous tonight, a great crowd here in the suburbs, they showed tremendous passion."

DAVE DIR, Dallas Burn head coach

"A lot of bad things happened tonight with our team. I don't have an answer to a particular thing. We didn't adjust well to the pace of the game. It seemed like every pass we were making was 20 yards short because of the thickness of the field. We were simply embarrassed. And then [Chicago] went out of its way to embarrass us some more at the end. It was one of those games were it was just not our night."

JOSH WOLFF, Chicago Fire forward

"We played with a lot of confidence today. After the NY/NJ match (last weekend), I think we established a style of play that was successful for us. Right from the start we were able put that kind of effort out and we got an early goal, which was very important because it forced their team to come out. And when teams are forced to come out against us, I don't think they're going to stay with us for 90 minutes. Tonight we were able to finish them off.

"I think it was a good game collectively. My goals are secondary to the win. It's good to get some goals, but those were some tremendous balls from our guys. As a forward you just make the runs, and when you make the runs you want the ball to be there. Tonight I got the ball on a silver platter-several times."