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USOC semifinal in pictures: Union 1-0 Fire

PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Wednesday night’s US Open Cup semifinal as the Union defeated the Chicago Fire 1-0 to advance to the final for the second year in a row. Here’s a look at what he saw.

CF001The team enter for the start of the semifinal

CF002A new face in the starting XI

IMG_3669Cristian Maidana works around Matt Polster

IMG_3752Ray Gaddis with a nice move on Kazvan Cocis

IMG_3777Chaco with an early cross

IMG_3799Fabinho settles with pressure from Harry Shipp

IMG_3807Tranquillo Barnetta breaks away from Eric Gehrig

IMG_3824Richie Marquez passes out of the back

IMG_3853The Sons of Ben came to support

IMG_3889It started to feel like one of those kinds of games

IMG_3892Brian Carroll couldn’t get past Sean Johnson

IMG_3938Maurice Edu gets bent over backwards

IMG_4004Yes, one of those games!

4010John McCarthy made the saves that he needed to make

4027Carroll clears up the wing past David Accam

4029Fabinho holds up Kennedy Igboananike

IMG_4043Edu blasts one up field

IMG_4054Lahoud touches past the sliding Shaun Maloney

IMG_4062Marquez controls the air

IMG_4114Gaddis gets position on Accam

IMG_4166Edu cuts off Igboananike

IMG_4212Lahoud keeps the ball from Maloney

IMG_4234Maidana still looking for that way past the Fire

4306Lahoud chips over Igboananike

4312Le Toux scores the game winner past Johnson

IMG_4391Igboananike with a late attempt on goal

4483McCarthy with a clean sheet

IMG_4494The team has a quick post game talk

For more photos, check out Paul’s Flickr page and feel free to leave comments.


  1. Great pictures. One of the more memorable matches this year in PPL.

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