Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 55th minute, and the visiting New York Red Bulls beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 Saturday night at Toyota Park.
Most of the game was a tense struggle to generate offense for the Red Bulls, but in a span of a few dynamic seconds, Wright-Phillips made things happen thanks to some timely defense from his teammates.
Moments after an unsuccessful Red Bulls corner kick, Chicago's Dax McCarty gained possession and attempted to move the ball upfield. McCarty never made it...
The Chicago Fire, who have lost their past six Major League Soccer games, cut ties with two players Thursday, waiving midfielder Tony Tchani and defender Kevin Ellis.
Both players were in their first season with the team.
Tchani, 29, contributed one goal in 13 games for Chicago. A former national champion at the University of Virginia, he broke into MLS in 2010 with the New York Red Bulls and subsequently played for Toronto FC, the Columbus Crew and the Vancouver Whitecaps before joining the Fire.
The U.S. Open Cup will have a first-time champion this year.
The Philadelphia Union, who lost in both of their previous appearances in the U.S. Open Cup final, and the Houston Dynamo, who never previously made the title game, both advanced with semifinal wins Wednesday.
Behind three second-half goals, the Union beat the Chicago Fire 3-0 in Chester, Pa. Cory Burke scored in the 59th and 77th minutes, and C.J. Sapong sealed the result with an 86th-minute goal.
The Dynamo and LAFC played to a 3-3 tie...