The Fire defeated Toronto FC 1-0 in the first match of the Carolina Challenge Cup. Chicago controlled the play for the most part during the first thirty minutes before an uncharacteristic Logan Pause red card forced the team to play a man down for the remainder of the match.
Carlos De Los Cobos started the game in the 3-5-2 formation that he seems to be favoring going into First Kick 2011. Jalil Anibaba, Josip Mikulic, and Cory Gibbs started along the backline with Bratislav Ristic, Baggio Husidic, Pause, Marco Pappa, and Davis Paul in midfield. Diego Chaves and Gaston Puerari started play at the forward spots.
The winning goal was set up by draft pick Davis Paul as he able to locate Marco Pappa in front of the net for a tap in. Gonzalo Segares, Corben Bone, Patrick Nyarko, Marko Maric, Mike Videira, and Gabriel Ferrari also saw action for the Fire.
The starters looked fairly good against a Toronto side playing without Dwayne DeRosario and Julian DeGuzman. The Fire's next match is Wednesday at 4pm against DC United.