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Revs Fall in Open Cup Quarterfinal to Fire, 2-1
Chicago’s successful penalty kick decides game after Twellman knots score.

Bridgeview, Ill. - A controversial penalty kick decision sent the New England Revolution out of the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when the Chicago Fire’s Andy Herron converted the spot kick, which proved to be the margin needed for the Fire to secure a 2-1 victory in the teams’ quarterfinal match at Toyota Park on Wednesday evening.

After Herron scored to put the Fire up 1-0 in the 12th minute, the Revs’ Taylor Twellman evened the score in the 27th minute. After Herron’s successful penalty, Chicago defended in numbers and wouldn’t concede another goal, and the Fire advanced to the semifinal round where it will host D.C. United on Sept. 6.

Playing the clubs’ third game in four days against each other - including a 1-0 Fire victory on Sunday and a 0-0 draw between the teams’ reserve sides on Monday - New England and Chicago played evenly for the first 20 minutes. However, Herron’s first goal ignited the Revs, who played with conviction for the remainder of the first half, finishing the period with a 12-5 advantage in shots, including a 6-4 edge in shots on goal.

In the second half New England continued to maintain an edge in possession, while Chicago threatened on the counterattack, creating several opportunities.

The Revolution had the game’s first chance, not even a minute into the match, when defender Jay Heaps got on the end of a Steve Ralston corner kick, but his header shot went wide right.

Chicago had its first chance in the seventh minute when Gonzalo Segares’ shot from just outside the 18-yard box, near the penalty arc, went wide left. Off a corner kick, Chicago captain Jim Curtain headed the ball out from the edge of the six-yard box, where Segares latched on to it for his first-time shot.

The Revs again went close in the eighth minute when Shalrie Joseph played Joe Franchino deep into the left corner. Franchino worked around midfielder Floyd Franks and maneuvered into the penalty area, threading the ball past Twellman to a surging Ralston, whose first-time volley attempt went wide right as Chicago keeper Matt Pickens was attentive of Twellman and did not play Ralston coming down the right center channel.

Chicago, however, went ahead 1-0 in the 12th minute when Herron poked in a Calen Carr cross from the right. Carr broke in behind the Revs defenders - who protested for an offside ruling on the play - after defender Leonard Griffin played Carr through down the right wing.

Twellman nearly netted the equalizer in the 20th minute when he got on the end of a Ralston angled cross from the right flank, 26 yards from the endline. Standing in the middle of the 18-yard box, Twellman put a header on frame that forced Pickens to rise and make the grab just under the crossbar. On the Chicago counterattack, however, the tone of the game changed when Herron collected the ball with steam down the left wing and turned the corner to break into the edge of the box. Revs keeper Doug Warren - a Chicago native - came out to the edge of the box to take the ball off Herron’s foot, but in the process, collided with Herron. Herron was stretchered off the field, but returned several minutes later.

Clint Dempsey had a chance in the 25th minute when he got on the end of a Ralston corner kick and put a downward header on frame toward the left post, forcing Pickens to come up with the save and give the Revs another corner kick. Although the Revs were unable to generate a scoring chance on the next corner kick, they earned a third in a row after Franchino pressured Franks. On the third consecutive Revs corner - this time taken by Franchino - Dempsey, on the right post, headed to Twellman in front of the net, who powered a header high and to the center of the goal to knot the score at 1-1.

Generating another corner kick in the 30th minute, the Revs got close again when Dorman ended up with the ball 15 yards out in the left center channel and sent a left-footed rocket toward the near post, forcing Pickens to make a diving save. On the ensuing corner kick, Dempsey nearly put the Revolution up 2-1 when - sitting on the ground - he collected the loose ball, got up and put a turnaround, left-footed shot just over the crossbar.

In the 41st minute, Dorman collected a pass in the midfield from Shalrie Joseph and dribble-ran all the way into the penalty area, where he tried to cross the ball to an unmarked Dempsey three yards out. However, Chicago’s defenders tracked back to blocked Dorman’s pass and send play back upfield. On the counterattack, Herron nearly added to Chicago’s score when he took a first-time, square pass from Ivan Guerrero, which put him alone in the box at the far, left post. Warren, however, came back across the area to make a spectacular sliding save on Herron’s shot, sending the ball out over the touchline.

In the 45th minute, after working into the area, Twellman launched a left-footed shot in the left-center channel going away from Pickens toward the far post, but it deflected off Curtain and back to the near post. Pickens got back in time to make the save, but the ball came loose, and Dempsey, surrounded by three Fire players, was unable to get a full shot on the open net before it was cleared.

Coming out to start the second half, Twellman had a chance for the Revs in the 46th minute when he got on the end of Pat Noonan’s angled cross from the right flank and headed down a shot from six yards out at the left post that bounced behind Pickens, but wide right by inches.

In the 57th minute, Carr received a through ball in the left center channel from Herron coming down the left wing, beating another attempt by the Revs to play offside. With Warren charging off of his line, Carr went flying over the Revs keeper and down to the ground. Though Carr’s last touch before falling appeared to be too strong for the Fire forward to recover before going over the endline, referee Jair Marrufo awarded a penalty kick on the play. Herron converted from the spot with a low, driven shot down the gut for a 2-1 Fire lead as Warren dove to his right.

The Revs played down a man for nearly five minutes after Noonan limped off the field after coming up limping on a run into the box. In the 69th minute, José Cancela came on to replace Noonan and Khano Smith also entered as a substitute for Franchino.

Chicago went close again in the 79th minute when Brian Plotkin dribbled deep into the penalty area in the right-center channel and managed to get off a cross off the endline to Carr, who was on the far post with Michael Parkhurst a foot in front of him. Carr got his head on the ball, but Parkhurst smartly deflected the ball away to prevent the goal.

Twellman had a chance in the first minute of stoppage time, when he pounced on a Guerrero back header in the box and powered a headed shot on frame, but Pickens made a quick reaction save to keep the Fire ahead by a goal.

As the final minute ticked off the clock, the Revs earned a corner kick after Dempsey earned a free kick near the top of the penalty area. However, before Cancela could serve the ball, tempers flared on both teams as nearly every player on the field converged at the penalty arc, and both teams began pushing and shoving. No one was cautioned after the fracas and Cancela hurried to take the corner kick opportunity as stoppage time neared expiration, but Curtain was positioned well to clear Cancela’s service penalty area as the final whistle blew.

The Revs return to MLS action on Sunday, Aug. 27, when the team hosts the Columbus Crew at 7 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Fox Sports New England will air the game live, while WEEI 850 AM (English, tape-delayed until one hour after the Red Sox postgame show) and WJDA 1300 AM (Spanish, live) will also carry the game. At 4 p.m., Gillette Stadium will host the Jorge Fidalgo Memorial Soccer Challenge between the Cape Verdean All-Stars and Brazilian All-Stars as part of a special doubleheader. For ticket information, call 1-877-GET-REVS.

2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Quarterfinal Round

New England Revolution at Chicago Fire
August 23, 2006 - Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park)

Scoring Summary

CHI - Andy Herron (Calen Carr) 12

NE - Taylor Twellman (Clint Dempsey) 27

CHI - Herron (penalty kick) 58

New England Revolution: Doug Warren, James Riley, Michael Parkhurst, Jay Heaps, Joe Franchino ©, (Khano Smith 69), Shalrie Joseph, Andy Dorman, Steve Ralston, Clint Dempsey, Pat Noonan (José Cancela 69), Taylor Twellman

Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Avery John, Jeff Larentowicz, Tony Lochhead, Willie Sims, José Cancela

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Twellman, Dempsey 5) SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Twellman 4), FOULS 13 (Franchino 4), OFFSIDES 2 (Twellman 2), CORNER KICKS 12 (Ralston 8).

Chicago Fire: Matt Pickens, Leonard Griffin, Jim Curtain ©, Gonzalo Segares, Floyd Franks (Nate Jaqua 46), Diego Gutierrez, Logan Pause, Brian Plotkin (Chad Barrett 88), Ivan Guerrero, Calen Carr, Andy Herron (Chris Armas 81)

Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Justin Mapp, Jordan Russolillo

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Herron 3), SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Herron 3), FOULS 15 (Griffin 3) OFFSIDES 6 (Herron 3), CORNER KICKS 5 (Franks 2).

Misconduct Summary:
NE - Franchino (caution) 50
CHI - Jaqua (caution) 53
NE - Warren (caution) 57
CHI - Herron (caution) 67
NE - Heaps (caution) 67
NE - Smith (caution) 76
CHI - Barrett (caution) 92+

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: Jose Gesundheit, Peter Manikowski
Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Cloudy and 82 degrees
Attendance: 5,214