Chicago Fire (MLS) 3, Charlotte Independence (USL) 1 (SOUTH)
In the lone MLS vs. USL matchup of the Round of 16, it was the lower-league side that drew first blood in the fifth minute. Catching the Fire on the back foot early, Alex Martinez threaded Tomasz Zahorski through the Fire back line and alone on goal where he tucked his effort past Sean Johnson. The goal seemed to awaken the four-time U.S. Open Cup winners, with Joevin Jones forcing Hunter Gilstap into a diving stop in the 19th minute, before Mike Magee’s cheeky chip saw the Independence ‘keeper punch over the bar. The Fire would breakthrough before the half when a quick combination on the right saw Lovel Palmer into space. The Jamaican defender quickly played a low ball into the box where a streaking Magee chipped his effort past Gilstrap for his sixth career U.S. Open Cup goal in the 37th minute.

The Fire would need just five minutes on the other side of the break to jump ahead as Palmer picked up a loose ball from 25 yards out and blasted a driven effort that tucked inside the right post in the 50th minute. Making his first appearance since suffering a torn ACL last October, second half substitute Patrick Nyarko helped put the game out of reach with his first touch. The Ghanaian attacker split two Charlotte defenders on the right before centering for Magee, who tucked his second of the night inside the left post in the 82nd minute. The 3-1 victory pushes the Fire back to the Quarterfinals for a third straight year where they’ll host Orlando City SC.  

- 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report -

Date: June 30, 2015
Match: Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Charlotte Independence (MLS)
2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Round of 16
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 3,617
Weather: 68 degrees (clear, breezy)

Scoring Summary:           1              2              F
CHI                                         1              2              3
CLT                                         1              0              1

CLT – Tomasz Zahorski (Alex Martinez)  5th minute
CHI – Mike Magee (Lovel Palmer)            37
CHI – Lovel Palmer                                          50
CHI – Mike Magee (Patrick Nyarko)         82

CHI: 25-Sean Johnson; 5-Lovel Palmer (6-Eric Gehrig, 81), 2-Matt Polster, 4-Adailton, 16-Greg Cochrane; 19-Harry Shipp (14-Patrick Nyarko, 77), 8-Matt Watson, 21-Chris Ritter, 3-Joevin Jones; 77-Kennedy Igboananike (7-Jason Johnson, 71), 9-Mike Magee
Head coach: Frank Yallop

CLT: 1-Hunter Gilstrap; 4-Patrick Slogic, 14-Raphael Cox, 15-Bilal Duckett, 13-Ben Newnam; 6-Andrew Ribeiro, 10-Jorge Herrera, 23-Alex Martinez (8-Caleb Calvert, 80), 36-Paolo DelPiccolo (19-Enzo Martinez, 66), 57-Carlos Alvarez; 20-Tomasz Zahorski (9-Ryan Finley, 46)
Head coach: Mike Jeffries

Stats Summary: CHI / CLT
Shots: 15 / 8
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 12 / 6
Fouls: 6 / 8
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CLT – Patrick Slogic (caution)       70th minute

Referee: Alex Chilowicz
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Rockwell
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Boyko
4th Official: Dimitar Chavdarov
Match Commissioner: Jim Froslid