BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third-round match on Tuesday was a mess in more ways than one.
The few passing moments in the offensive third, the petty extracurriculars between the Fire and United Soccer League Second Division opponent Charleston Battery, the two scoreless 15-minute overtimes, the questionable officiating decisions -- these elements dragged out an uneventful feeling within the match.
Chicago's lackluster effort resulted in a 3-0 loss in penalty kicks as Charleston advanced to the Cup quarterfinals in front of 2,526 at Toyota Park. Charleston next plays Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. The Crew defeated the D2 Pro's Rochester Rhinos, 2-1, on Tuesday night.
"I don't have anything to complain [about] to our players. They tried the whole match to win," Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos said. "But we missed some options. We weren't effective."
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