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Luis Solignac scores goal of the year in Fire's Open Cup win

The Chicago Fire opened the U.S. Open Cup with a win on Wednesday, but one play from Luis Solignac stole the show.

Brandon Vincent crossed from the left and Solignac did a crazy karate kick backheel flick (or something like that) and it floated over Saint Louis FC goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. Just watch in the video above.

"I made the run and the ball came to my foot and I tried to do something and I scored, it was a beautiful goal," Solignac said after the match via Fire communications. "It's instinct but it's watching a lot of football, a lot of finishing, when you get the chance to do it and hopefully get it in, it's important."

That is probably the goal of the Fire's season. As much fun as the Open Cup can be, it's a shame that goal wasn't in an MLS match so a wider audience would see and appreciate it (and also better camera angles).

Solignac's goal came in the 27th minute and it was always going to be downhill from there. There was no more scoring and only a couple chances either way for both teams.

The Fire held on for the 1-0 win against their USL opponents on Wednesday in Fenton, Mo.

Christian Volesky rifled a shot off the bar in the 67th minute for St. Louis' best chance of the match. The hosts pressed for the equalizing goal, but Matt Lampson's only tough save was a diving effort to stop a header following a free kick in the 79th minute.

From a lineup perspective, coach Veljko Paunovic left four key players completely out of the team sheet. Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Accam, Nemanja Nikolic and Joao Meira all didn't travel to Missouri.

Daniel Johnson made his first professional start and Arturo Alvarez got the start on the right wing with Solignac playing as the forward with Nikolic resting. Dax McCarty got back on the field after being in camp with the U.S. national team for a pair of World Cup qualifiers. McCarty played 57 minutes before being replaced by Matt Polster.

Jonathan Campbell and Drew Conner got starts in the back line.

Teenage homegrown product Djordje Mihailovic came off the bench and was active in his half hour on the field. Another rookie, Matej Dekovic, made his Fire debut as the final sub of the match.

The Fire will learn their draw for the next round, set to take place on June 28, on Thursday morning. Three MLS teams, Columbus (which lost to Cincinnati), Orlando (which lost to Miami) and Real Salt Lake (which lost to Sacramento), were upset by minor league teams. After all fourth round matches completed on Wednesday, the Fire were group into the so-called south region with Cincinnati, Miami and Atlanta, which means they will play one of those three teams in the next round.