Reserves Win Final Match On Gulley Goal

The Fire Reserves finished the season atop the Central/Mountain Division with a 7-2-1 record after a 1-0 victory over the Real Salt Lake Reserves today.  The lone goal was scored by Homegrown forward Kellen Gulley in the 75th minute.  Gulley came into the match for an injured Cristian Nazirit in the 49th minute.

Line Ups

Chicago Fire Reserves – Jon Conway (Alex Dufty 46’); Pari Pantazopoulos, Yamith Cuesta, Kwame Watson-Siriboe; Baggio Husidic, Corben Bone, Mike Videira, Victor Pineda, Mike Banner (#Colin Audley 51’); Cristian Nazarit (#Kellen Gulley 49’), #Aaron King

Real Salt Lake Reserves – Tim Melia; Chris Schuler, Rauwshan McKenzie, Donny Toia (Blake Wagner 59’), #Julio Alarcon; #Nico Muñiz (#Jordan Allen 73), Yordany Alvarez, Collen Warner, Luis Gil (Nelson González 56’); Cody Arnoux (Chris Agorsor 54’), Paulo Jr.

#= Denotes guest/Academy player

Scoring Summary:

CHI – Kellen Gulley (unassisted) 75

Misconduct Summary:

CHI – Yamith Cuesta (caution; Reckless Tackle) 7

RSL – Julio Alarcon (caution; Reckless Tackle) 62

CHI – Pari Pantazopoulos (caution; Reckless Tackle) 63

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  • while i don't particularly care how the reserve team does, i do think it's a good thing that they have been really good as it should say something about the depth of the team and that hopefully in the near-ish future some of these players will develop into starters or at least solid role/bench players. players that i'm most interested in are gulley, pineda and watson-siroboe...i wonder when/if they'll be consistent 1st teamers.

    good to see banner on the pitch, must feel great for him to be playing after missing so much time.

  • Is there a reserve league playoffs/championship?

  • In reply to fcoba85:

    There were plans for a playoff intially mentioned when the Reserve League was brought back but MLS scrapped those for some reason.

    Cristian Nazirit and Orr Barouch also ended up trailing FC Dallas' Ruben Luna in the RL Golden Boot race. Luna has 6 with one game remaining while Nazirit and Barouch had 5 apiece.

  • Any more word on Nazarit's injury? Not that I expected to see him in the final 3 games of the season.

    And are Audley and King also academy players?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Aaron King was a guest player who's been in the Rapids system and most recently FC Tampa Bay. Colin Audley, a University of Denver graduate was another guest player.

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    Scrap the reserve league, and create a League Cup where they all play round robin with their reserves. Give it a Sponsor. Call it the Carling Cup.

  • In reply to waam:

    i'd like to see the reserve teams play a partial MLS reserve schedule and a partial USL schedule. it would give the reserve players more match time, give more chance for MLS teams to scout USL players, and it would give fans of USL teams a chance to see some (albeit marginal) MLS players more often

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