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Chicago Fire knocked out of the Open Cup by expansion USL-1 Carolina
July 16th, 2007 7AM

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The defending champion Chicago Fire became the fourth MLS team to fall in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when the USL-1 expansion Carolina RailHawks knocked it off, 1-0, on Sunday night in front of 4,485 fans at SAS Stadium in Cary, NC.

McColm Cephas scored the lone goal in the 56th minute. Goalkeeper John O'Hara, who had not played a single minute during the regular season., shut out Chicago.

The Fire fell for the second straight game in embarrassing fashion under new coach Juan Carlos Osorio. Chicago lost at home to Houston, 4-0, in MLS action on Thursday night.

THIRD ROUND
July 9
FC Dallas (MLS) 1 (Ruiz 74) Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) 1 (Antoniuk 78).
(FC Dallas wins 4-3 on penalty kicks.)
July 10
Richmond Kickers (USL-2) 1 (Bulow 31) Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 0.
Charleston Battery (USL-1) 1 (Armstrong pen. 106) Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0 (OT).
Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) 2 (Diallo 76, 85) New England Revolution (MLS) 4 (Ralston 19, pen. 90, Twellman 67, 90).
Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3 (Cancela 22, Gomez 50, Cummings 89) California Victory (USL-1) 1 (Epitie 79).
July 11
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) 1 (Fisher 44) D.C. United (MLS) 0.
July 15
Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) 1 (Cephas 56) Chicago Fire (MLS) 0.
July 18
Seattle Sounders (USL-1) vs. Chivas USA (MLS)



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