FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire

RECAP | 0-0 (3-1 PKs) | Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio

FC Cincinnati (USL) 0, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0 (3-1 PKs)
It took all 120 minutes, support from the second largest Modern Era crowd in U.S. Open Cup history of 32,287 fans and three jaw-dropping saves in penalties, but FC Cincinnati pulled out the most notable Cupset of the year, a 2-1 advantage on spot kicks in an otherwise scoreless game on ESPN. Despite manning their posts at opposite ends of the field, goalkeepers Matt Lampson and Mitch Hildebrandt took center stage, stopping a combined 17 shots on goal through extra time. Though Lampson kept Chicago in the game with a point-blank save in the waning moments extra time, Hildebrandt one-upped him in the end, guessing perfectly on three of Chicago’s four spot kicks in front of The Bailey. The Fire dominated more than 70% possession, but Cincinnati was oh so close to capitalizing on its chances, once prevented by a potential handball and the other a difficult offside call. In the end, the USL side advances to the Quarterfinals for a road trip to take on Miami FC on July 12 for right to be the furthest advancing Division II side in the competition.