The Major League Soccer season isn't going well so far for the Chicago Fire, but the U.S. Open Cup can provide a clean slate for the Fire.
On Thursday the Fire learned their draw for the Open Cup. When the Fire enter the tournament in the fourth round, along with the 16 other American MLS teams, they will face the winner of the Indy Eleven-Louisville City match.
It will be on Wednesday, June 15, but the site is still to be determind. If Louisville wins, the Fire will travel to Kentucky. If Indy Eleven wins, the Fire will host the four round match at Toyota Park. The third round match between those two teams takes place on June 1 in Indianapolis.
Louisville City, which plays in the third tier USL, beat Detroit City FC in penalty kicks in the second round on Wednesday. Last year, Louisville beat Indy Eleven in the third round to book a date with the Fire. The Fire won that game 1-0 in extra time on a Quincy Amarikwa goal.
Indy Eleven plays in the second tier NASL. Former Fire president Peter Wilt had the same position at Indy Eleven when the club joined the NASL as an expansion club in 2014.
MLS will be on break for the Copa America during the U.S. Open Cup fourth round. After the Fire play Portland on May 28, this will be the next match for the team. Three days after playing in the Open Cup, the Fire return to MLS play at Colorado.
The Fire have won the tournament four times (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006), tied for most in the MLS era. Last year the Fire made it to the semifinal before losing to the Philadelphia Union 1-0. The Fire have lost in the semifinal round each of the past three seasons.