FC Cincinnati continued its fairy-tale run in the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 penalty shootout win over Chicago Fire to reach the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Cincinnati made headlines after eliminating in-state Columbus Crew SC in the fifth round, and needed penalties to sneak past a second straight MLS club after a scoreless first 120 minutes.
In the shootout, goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt was the star, stopping attempts from Nemanja Nikolic, Arturo Alvarez and Juninho for another famous victory.
"We have an MLS-quality team, we have an MLS-quality stadium, we have MLS-quality fans," Hildebrandt said after the win. "Everyone here, the city deserves this."