The Fire snapped a three game preseason losing (and scoreless streak) with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew in Carolina Challenge Cup play. Chicago went without Sebastian Grazzini, Cory Gibbs, Austin Berry, Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa, Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko, Orr Barouch, and Sean Johnson but still managed to pick up all three points as a result of an 80th minute goal by newcomer Federico Puppo.
An excellent lead pass from Daniel Paladini into Gonzalo Segares allowed Puppo to pick up a deflected pass attempt from Segares to beat Crew 'keeper Andy Greuenebaum. The Uruguayan forward was active the rest of the way after struggling in his last three outings.
Fire Line Up
D Gargan (Walls 79')
M Robayo (Videira 84')
M Pause (Pantazopoulos 90')
M Sanyang (Bone 46')
F Dube (Mkosana 79')
Subs not used: Nolly, Watson-Siriboe, Gulley