Josh Wolff: "Before Igor took (the free kick), I said to Jimmy Conrad, `This might go in. It didn't go in quite like I thought it would, but at least he put it hard on frame. Henry made a good save on the first one, then it took an unfortunate bounce off the crossbar and hit him in the back of the head and it went in. I was sitting at the back door in case it came out. Obviously, I'm extremely happy for Igor with all the work he put in. It was a great moment for him, a great moment for this organization."
Bob Gansler: "I couldn't see anything. It seemed like there were about 14 Fire players on that wall. It was a shot for a right-footer. We know who has the best chance at those things. If the same ball was on the other side, you would have seen Diego (Gutierrez) in there. If Francisco (Gomez) was in there, he might have had to arm-wrestle Igor for it."
Gansler: "It's a one-goal kind of situation. We've rehearsed those games, not on purpose. We came through some, including the semifinal (1-0 over the San Jose Earthquakes). Through this run, we were the better side. I congratulate my team."
Igor Simutenkov: "I'm just happy it went in. For me, it's been a difficult year since surgery. I'm just really happy now. For me, this is the most important goal of my life. Alex ducked down and I was able to get the ball through the wall. I'm very happy and happy for this group of guys, the coaches and the fans."
Tony Meola: "I'm happy to get through that one. I've played this tournament so many times at all levels. It feels good to finally get it."
Dave Sarachan: "It was a hard game for the offense. Kansas City doesn't concede a lot of goals and we didn't have many looks at the goal tonight. I give credit to their defenders. In these kind of games -- championship matches -- everything is tight as it is and teams don't get a lot of looks."
Championship - Wednesday, September 22
at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City (MLS) 1, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0 (OT)
Wednesday, August 25 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1, Charleston Battery (A) 0 (2OT)
Tuesday, August 24 at Blue Valley Complex in Overland Park, Kans.
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0
Quarterfinals - Wednesday, August 4
at University of Richmond (Va.) Stadium
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1, Richmond Kickers (A) 0 (2OT)
at Blue Valley Complex in Overland Park, Kans.
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 4, Dallas Burn (MLS) 0
Fourth round - Wednesday, July 21
at DeKalb Stadium in Clarkston, Ga.
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 4, Atlanta Silverbacks (A) 1
at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium
Chicago Fire (MLS) 2, Columbus Crew (MLS) 1 (OT)
U.S. Open Cup field (40 teams)
MLS (10): Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, D.C. United, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, MetroStars, San Jose Earthquakes
A-League (8): Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Virginia Beach Mariners.
Pro Select League (6): Charlotte Eagles, New Hampshire Phantoms, San Diego Gauchos, Utah Blitzz, Western Massachusetts Pioneers, Wilmington Hammerheads.
Premier Development League (8): Boulder Rapids Reserves, Cape Cod Crusaders, Carolina Dynamo, Chicago Fire Reserves, Cocoa Expos, DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Tornadoes, South Jersey Barons, Spokane Shadow
USASA (8): Allied FC (Baltimore), Azzurri (Dallas), Chico Rooks, Legends FC (Texas), Milwaukee Bavarians, N.Y. Greek-American-Atlas, SAC Wisla (Chicago), Sacramento Knights.