Columbus Crew SC battled the Chicago Fire through extra time and penalty kicks in the Fourth Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium. After 11 rounds of penalty kicks, a goalkeeper face-off sent Chicago through to the Round of 16, advancing after the 2-2 draw and a 10-9 mark in the shootout.
The Black & Gold’s fresh Starting XI saw plenty of action and produced numerous chances, but a game-winner could not be found. Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer recorded three saves while the Black & Gold had three shots on goal.
In the 10th minute, midfielder Cristian Martinez opened the scoring for Columbus. Niko Hansen crossed the ball to Martinez who slotted his shot into the back right of the net. Chicago responded with the equalizer from Nemanja Nikolic just before halftime.
A scoreless second half resulted in 30 minutes of extra time to determine which team would advance. In the 109th minute, a go-ahead goal by Nikolic gave Chicago the short-lived lead. With six minutes left of extra time, forward Adam Jahn equalized, propelling the game to penalty kicks. Luis Argudo passed a short corner kick to Martinez, who sent the ball across the box for a Jahn header into the back of the net.
Penalty kicks began with Chicago’s Nikolic hitting the bar. Midfielder Milton Valenzuela then stepped up for Columbus to convert the Black & Gold’s first penalty.
Crew SC’s next shot from Hector Jimenez was saved by Chicago goalkeeper Richard Sánchez. The next 10 rounds saw conversions from each team with the 11th round showcasing the goalkeepers. Chicago converted their 11th spot kick, followed by a shot from Ketterer that was saved.
Columbus out passed Chicago 85 to 83 percent.
Next up, Crew SC faces the New York Red Bulls in a regular-season match on Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium.
- Midfielder Cristian Martinez scored the first goal for Crew SC in tonight’s match against the Chicago Fire. Martinez scored in the 10th minute after receiving a pass from midfielder Niko Hansen. The strike was Martinez’s first goal across all official competitions in 2018, as well as his first goal in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup since scoring against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a 4-0 victory on June 15, 2016. Since joining the Black & Gold in 2016, Martinez has made three appearances (all starts) in the U.S. Open Cup, registering two goals.
- Midfielder Niko Hansen recorded the assist on Crew SC’s opening goal in tonight’s match. Hansen provided the pass on Cristian Martinez’s 10th-minute goal by playing a through ball to Martinez. The assist was Hansen’s second helper in 2018 across all official competitions, as he had previously provided an assist in a 3-0 home victory over the Chicago Fire on May 12. Since joining the Black & Gold in 2017, Hansen has made two appearances (one start) in the U.S. Open Cup, registering one assist.
- Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer made his 2018 debut in tonight’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire, registering three saves in the 2-2 (9-10) loss. Wednesday marked Ketterer’s first appearance and first start of the year for Crew SC. The 2017 MLS SuperDraft selection is the third Crew SC goalkeeper to make an appearance for Crew SC in 2018, following teammates Zack Steffen and Jon Kempin.
- Forward Adam Jahn made his first start of 2018 in tonight’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire and scored a goal in the 114th minute to help send the game to a penalty kick shootout. The match marks his sixth appearance of the year, as he had previously made five appearances in the 2018 MLS regular season for the Black & Gold. The goal was his first since August 5, 2017, when he scored in a substitute appearance in a road match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Since joining Crew SC in 2016, Jahn has made 33 MLS regular-season appearances (five starts), registering six goals and one assist.
- Eduardo Sosa made his first start of the year in tonight’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire. Sosa made his MLS debut as a substitute in the 63rd minute of last Saturday’s match against Toronto FC in which he made 31 touches, completing 22 passes and making 3 tackles. He joined Crew SC on January 9, 2018 after making 59 appearances (38 starts) for former club Zamora FC (Venezuela).
- Connor Maloney made his first start of the year in tonight’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire. Maloney made his MLS regular-season debut for Crew SC at the Houston Dynamo (3/11/17) and first regular season start against Real Salt Lake (7/29/17), where he logged his first MLS assist for the Black & Gold. This year, he made two appearances (one start) while on loan with Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
- Forward Edward Opoku made his first appearance of 2018 in tonight’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire. Opoku was selected in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft with the 32nd overall pick by Crew SC from the University of Virginia. There, Opoku made 53 appearances (all starts), registering 16 goals and nine assists.
- Next up, Crew SC will take on the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium in a nationally televised match on Saturday, June 9, at 5:00 p.m. ET.