The Colorado Rapids aren't a club known for tearing up the competition when it comes to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, while the Chicago Fire most certainly are. That fact alone makes it already in the favor of Chicago when the two teams meet tonight in Peoria, Illinois. Chicago has won a blistering four Open Cups in the 14 years they've been around, which is tops among MLS teams and tied for second most won by any club in American soccer history; Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles - two teams that don't even exist any more - both have five Open Cups to their name. Colorado has never won it and has only made the final once in 1999, losing to the Rochester Raging Rhinos.
According to Nick Thomas on twitter, the Rapids won't be throwing out the top tier squad for this game with another game requiring their first squad coming up against DC United on Sunday. Names like Mike Holody, Davy Armstrong and Ross LaBeaux will be getting rare appearances for the first team against what may very well be something close to the first team for Chicago. Last year's only Open Cup goalscorer for the Rapids was Wells Thompson, it looks like he will be getting an appearance as well. Somebody we won't be seeing is new (old?) signing Danny Earls, who had a red card his last Open Cup appearance which hilariously means that even after getting cut from two teams and then re-signed, he is still suspended.
The game will be streaming live on both the Rapids and the Fire websites, if you want to watch them duke it out.