Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Posted: 10:14 p.m.
PEORIA, Ill. -- Gaston Puerari and Jalil Anibaba scored to lead the Chicago Fire to a 2-1 victory Wednesday against the Colorado Rapids in a play-in match for the U.S. Open Cup.
Puerari scored on a long shot in the 45th minute to make it 1-0.
Colorado tied it up in the 47th minute, when Quincy Amarikwa found an open Andre Akpan. Akpan drilled the ball into the net.
The Fire regained the lead in the 61st minute, when Anibaba blasted a 40-yard shot past diving Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce.
A late shot by Colorado's Sanna Nyassi in the 86th minute just missed the right post.
Chicago will face the winner of Portland-San Jose in the next round of Open Cup play.
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In the age of social media you can track something like Bastian Schweinsteiger's flight to Chicago in almost real-time.
The Chicago Fire publicized Schweinsteiger's Tuesday arrival in Chicago, giving fans details of when his plane was expected to arrive and at what terminal.
First, Schweinsteiger and his former tennis player wife, Ana Ivanovic, both tweeted photos to their millions of followers about their trip.
Once they arrived, the mob scene at O'Hare was on. Schweinsteiger was greeted by hundreds of fans.
Check out the video above for some footage of Schweinsteiger's arrival.
He will be introduced formally with a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Fire Pitch in Chicago. The press conference will air on CSN+ and be streamed live on CSNChicago.com.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed with the Chicago Fire, which means there's plenty to talk about in Fire land.
Dan Santaromita and Shane Murray (MLSsoccer.com) break down the big move in the fourth episode of the Fire Talk Podcast. They look at what his impact will be on and off the field, how much he can improve the team and how the team may line up with him.
Next, hear Dan's interview with coach Veljko Paunovic about Schweinsteiger's addition to the team.
Finally, Dan and Shane look back on the Fire's 4-0 loss in Atlanta, preview the upcoming home match against Montreal and answer some fan questions to wrap up the show.
The podcast is available on iTunes and the Podcasts app on iOS. Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: