Fire emphasize Open Cup

August 4, 2005
By Marc Connolly
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn't about two MLS teams grinding their way through another mid-week match in pint-sized venues. It's about small clubs like the Charlotte Eagles and the Western Mass Pioneers getting a chance to slay the dragons from the top professional league in America.

While both the Eagles and Pioneers from the United Soccer League's Second Division held leads against MLS sides before losing in their third-round matchups, the Des Moines Menace somehow snuck through to ...

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