2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Match Recap: Philadelphia Union 3, Chicago Fire 0
Cory Burke’s second half brace helps send Union to third U.S. Open Cup Final in five years
2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal
Philadelphia Union 3 – Chicago Fire 0
Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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TODAY’S MATCH INFO:
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Referee: Ramy Touchan
Assistants: Craig Lowry, Tom Felice
Fourth Official: Thomas Snyder
Weather: 89 degrees and clear
PHI – Cory Burke (Alejandro Bedoya, Borek Dočkal) 59’
PHI – Cory Burke (Alejandro Bedoya, CJ Sapong) 77’
PHI – CJ Sapong (Fafa Picault, Fabian Herbers) 86’
CHI – Aleksandar Katai (caution) 62’
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliot, Keegan Rosenberry; Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, Fafa Picault, Borek Dočkal (Derrick Jones 90’), David Accam (CJ Sapong 56’); Cory Burke (Fabian Herbers 81’)
Substitutes not used: John McCarthy; Richie Marquez, Fabinho, Warren Creavalle
Chicago Fire: GK: Richard Sanchez; Jorge Corrales (Kevin Ellis 74’), Brandon Vincent, Johan Kappelhof, Nicolas Hasler (Drew Conner 85’); Brandt Bronico (Alan Gordon 72’), Dax McCarty, Aleksandar Katai, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Raheem Edwards; Nemanja Nikolic
Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland; Jonathan Campbell, Grant Lillard, Daniel Johnson
- The Philadelphia Union advanced to their third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final in the last five years … the last time the Union advanced to the U.S. Open Cup Final, they also beat the Chicago Fire in the Semifinals (2015) … the Union have now won three consecutive games against the Chicago Fire in the 2018 campaign, scoring nine goals … the three-goal margin of victory was the largest margin in the Union’s U.S. Open Cup semifinal history.
- Cory Burke scored his fourth and fifth goals in three games across all competitions vs. the Chicago Fire this season … the Jamaican international now leads the Union with three U.S. Open Cup goals in 2018 and eight goals in all competitions.
- In the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Alejandro Bedoya has one goal and a team-high four assists to lead the Union to the final … Bedoya will now play in his first career Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.
- In the 2015 U.S. Open Cup final, six current Union players appeared: Andre Blake, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ray Gaddis, CJ Sapong, and John McCarthy … Jim Curtin has now led the Union to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final for the third time in his managerial career.
- The 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final will take place on September 26th, 2018 against either the Houston Dynamo or Los Angeles FC.
- The Union next play on Saturday, August 11 when they visit the New England Revolution at Gillete Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET/PHL17) in MLS regular-season play.