Remember this: Football is fickle. It turns this way and that. It has a way of humbling one.
Still, the anxieties of Fire fans had to be eased by the announced lineups for tonight's U.S. Open Cup fifth-round round tie at Toyota Park. Chicago's starters were familiar names: Johnson; Shipp; Magee. A double pivot of Big Red and Wolverine. The same loose 4-2-2-2 we saw (for 50 minutes) against Pittsburgh.
Columbus' lineup was something a bit different - naturally, since they have only 15 senior players fit and available for the the game:
The bench was where the familiar Names In Yellow huddled, perhaps having a bit of a lie down on the copious bench space left by only naming four of seven possible substitutes:
Of course football is fickle. Of course anything can happen on a sodden field in a single-game knockout. But as a Fire supporter, it's hard to look at these lineups and feel anything other than confident this evening.