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Lubos Kubik unleashed a 33-yard, unassisted blast in the 74th minute to lift Chicago past the defending U.S. Open Cup champions in a game marred by 45 fouls, six cautions and three ejections.
Ante Razov and Roman Kosecki scored Chicago's first two goals. Mickey Trotman and Leonel Alvarez tallied for Dallas. Dallas surrendered the Kosecki goal just four minutes after Burn midfielder Jason Kreis was ejected for a foul from behind. Chicago played the final 19 minutes down a man after Diego Gutierrez and Kosecki received second-half red cards.
"It was a hard-fought, physical game," Fire Head Coach Bob Bradley said. "We are proud to have reached the final of the U.S. Open Cup in our first season."
Chicago advances to meet Columbus in the Open Cup final in Virginia Beach at the newly-opened Sportsplex, home to the Hampton Road Mariners of the A-League. The modern facility, designed specifically for soccer, seats 11,700.
Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in soccer in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all amateur and professional teams in the U.S., the annual event is an 85-year-old single-elimination tournament in which 32 finalists vie for the Dewar Cup Trophy. As they did last year, eight Division II A-League clubs joined the competition in the second round and eight MLS clubs entered in the third round.
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