Saint Louis FC (USL) 0, Chicago Fire (M.L.S.) 1
A high-flying Chicago Fire side recovered from a nervy, early start and began to take over the game against their former USL affiliate Saint Louis FC. The Fire came close in the 14th minute when Brazilian midfielder Juninho clanged his free kick attempt from 25 yards off the left post. That goal itself would have been worthy of the highlight reel, but the Fire’s opening marker 13 minutes later would make up for it. After a spell of possession, Brandon Vincent crossed for Luis Solignac and with his back towards the Saint Louis goal, the Argentine flicked on an effort with his heel that curled over the back line and inside the top right corner. Saint Louis continued to keep things tight and saw their best chance of the match come when Christian Volesky’s rocket from the top of the area beat Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson only to careen off the cross bar in the 76th minute. Despite that chance, Saint Louis FC’s comeback bid took a death blow five minutes later when captain Dragan Stojkov received a second yellow, forcing the lower-league side to play down a man the remainder of the match and ensuring the Fire their fifth-straight victory in a U.S. Open Cup opener, dating back to 2013.