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Fire scouting report

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Richmond Kickers at Chicago Fire

When: 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Park

What: U.S. Open Cup semifinal

Scouting Richmond Kickers: Matthew Delic is the leading scorer for the Kickers, who finished their regular season last weekend. The USL Pro club upset Sporting Kansas City in July to get here.

Scouting the Fire: The Fire has never lost at home once it's reached this stage of the Open Cup tournament, going 11-0-0 and outscoring opponents 30-10. Two straight MLS wins have the players feeling confident, and this is a good opportunity to show they have a better team than their record shows.

Next: San Jose Earthquakes, 9:30 p.m., Sept. 10 at Buck Shaw Stadium

-- Orrin Schwarz