Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire Best Finish: Champions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2016)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- This is the first meeting between the two sides in U.S. Open Cup play.
- The last remaining non-MLS side in the competition, Fort Lauderdale Strikers arrived in the Quarterfinals following a 1-1 draw and 2-0 shootout victory against Richmond Kickers (Third Round), a 0-0 draw and 4-3 shootout victory against D.C. United (Fourth Round) and 2-1 extra time win against Orlando City SC (Round of 16).
- The Chicago Fire arrived in the Quarterfinals after a 1-1 draw and 4-3 shootout victory against Indy Eleven (Fourth Round) and 2-1 win against Columbus Crew SC.
- The first Homegrown Player in Chicago Fire history, midfielder Victor Pineda returns to Toyota Park as a member of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
- Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has made four saves in the team’s two penalty kick shootouts. Restrepo stopped three penalties in the 2-0 shootout win vs. Richmond (Third Round) and another one in the 4-3 victory against D.C. United (Fourth Round).
- Fort Lauderdale will be without forward Maicon Santos, who received a straight red card in the team’s 2-1 victory against Orlando. The Brazilian attacker also spent the 2013 season with the Fire.
- Chicago Fire attacker David Accam has scored all three of the club’s goals during the 2016 U.S. Open Cup, placing him in a five-way tie for second place in the tournament’s Golden Boot Race. Accam and Houston Dynamo’s Mauro Manotas have the most goals among players still active in the tournament.
- With four U.S. Open Cup trophies, the Chicago Fire sit tied for second for the most all-time.
- Chicago Fire assistant coach Logan Pause was part of the club’s 2003 and 2006 Open Cup championship teams.
- CAUTION WATCH: Chicago Fire’s Nick LaBrocca and Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ PC sit on two cautions. Should either receive a yellow card Wednesday they would be suspended for the Semifinal.
- The winner will take on the winner of the New England Revolution/Philadelphia Union Quarterfinal. The host will be determined during Thursday’s Draw, live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube at 11 a.m. ET.