US Soccer held the Fourth Round draw for the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup earlier today. With MLS teams entering the competition at this stage, the draw signaled the start of the Chicago Fire’s USOC campaign as they’ll fight once again to win that fifth title.
The Fire were paired off against the Columbus Crew, and will face That Yellow Team at MAPFRE Stadium on Wednesday, June 6th. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm CT.
Due to regional groupings, the Fire could’ve been paired with Minnesota United or FC Cincinnati, the latter of whom knocked us out of the competition last year. Fire vs Crew represents one of the most commonly played ties in the USOC, just behind Sounders vs Timbers and the Revs vs the Rochester Rhinos.
The draw means that Fire fans will have one last opportunity to travel to Firehouse East ahead of the Crew’s potential move to Austin, TX.
As a note: any goals scored by the Fire in their USOC tie with Columbus will count towards donations in our Pride Month Fundraiser.