Open Cup: Jeffries leads Charlotte against former club

The Charlotte Independence, the lone USL team still alive in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, will take on the Chicago Fire in one of four round-of-16 matches to be played on Tuesday. The game marks the return of Independence head coach Mike Jeffries to Chicago, where he served as a Fire assistant coach in 1998 when it won the league and cup double in its first season.

Jeffries, who was later the Dallas Burn head coach, returned to Chicago in 2008 as assistant coach and later served as director of player personnel. He took over Charlotte for the 2015 season.

U.S. Open Cup, Schedule:
June 30 in Orlando, Fla.
Orlando City (MLS) vs. Columbus Crew SC (MLS), 7:30 p.m. ET
June 30 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS), 7:30 p.m. ET
June 30 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL), 8:30 p.m. ET
June 30 in Houston, Texas
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS), 9 p.m. ET
July 1 in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL), 7:30 p.m. ET
July 1 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting KC (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS), 8:30 p.m. ET
July 1 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS), 10 p.m. ET
July 1 in San Jose, Calif.
LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), 10:30 p.m. ET

U.S. Open Cup, Results:
May 13: First Round
May 19/20: Second Round
May 27: Third Round
June 16-17: Fourth Round

Next up ...

Quarterfinals: July 21-22
Semifinals: Aug. 11-12
Final: Sept. 29 or 30

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