The Fire reserves got off to a good start in MLS Reserve League play by defeating the Houston Dynamo reserves 3-0 at the Toyota Park practice field on Sunday morning. The run of play favored the Fire in the first half before a sometimes chippy and somewhat disjointed second half which saw both sides get a look at several young academy players.
The Fire's starting eleven consisted of Sean Johnson in goal with Bratislav Ristic, Mike Videira, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, and Pari Pantazopoulos in the back from right to left. Midfield featured Corben Bone on the right, Davis Paul on the left, and Daniel Paladini and Martin Rivas in the middle.
Rivas, who was one of the final cuts in training camp, moved up to a withdrawn forward role for most of the first half allowing Orr Barouch to slot into a central midfield role. Gabriel Ferrari was impressive at the forward spot scoring the Fire's first goal and setting up the first of two scores from Rivas.
Pari Pantazopoulos and Sean Johnson also stood out for the Fire. Pantazopoulos set up the third goal with a nice run from the back and lead ball setting up Rivas. Johnson was strong in the air and made several nice diving stops to keep Houston off the board.
Fire Academy players Manny Rios, Peter Beasley, and Brady Wahl were second half substitutes. Here's the complete run down.