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Chicago awaits Carolina/Charleston winner

If the Carolina RailHawks can advance past Charleston in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, the team will have a date with the Chicago Fire of the MLS.

The Fire, which will host the third-round game no matter who the victor is, sit currently in fourth place in the MLS standings.

The RailHawks have made it to the third round (the round where lower division teams play MLS squads) in every year but 2009. In 2007, the team's first season, the RailHawks defeated the Fire in the third round and then the Richmond Kickers in the fourth to reach the semifinals.

But before the RailHawks can schedule a trip to Chicago, the team must first take out Charleston — one of the most successful U.S. Open Cup teams in recent years. The Battery have advanced at least to the fourth round in each of the past three seasons, including a championship-game loss in 2008.

To view the current U.S. Open Cup bracket in its entirety, click here. To see where the third-round matches will take place, click here.

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