The Chicago Fire will start its 2017 U.S. Open Cup campaign on the road.
The Fire learned their draw for the fourth round of the knockout tournament, which includes minor league and amateur teams as well as the 19 American Major League Soccer teams. The draw was made and coin flips took place to decide host teams on Thursday.
The Fire will play the winner of the third round match between Saint Louis FC and the Michigan Bucks, which will be played in Michigan on May 31.
Either potential matchup has some intrigue to it. Saint Louis FC is a minor league team in the USL which was the Fire's affiliate last year.
If the Michigan Bucks win, it means a return to Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac where the Fire lost to the Bucks in the 2012 edition of the U.S. Open Cup. The arena infamously resembles a warehouse more than a soccer stadium.
The Bucks play in the PDL, which is a summer amateur league for college players.
The Fire aren't the only Chicago team in the tournament. FC United, another PDL team, has won two matches to get this far, including a second-round win on Wednesday against USL side Pittsburgh Riverhounds. FC United will play an adult league team, Christos FC in the third round.
There are a number of intrastate matches and rivals paired for the fourth round, even if the all-Chicago match won't be one of them. There are four intrastate matches in the third round and a pair of MLS rivalries coming in the fourth round (New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC and Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers).
The fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup is set for June 14.
The Fire have won the U.S. Open Cup four times and have lost in the semifinal round each of the past four years.