Fire Defeat Real Espana 3-1

On the strength of two goals by Dominic Oduro and a late tally by Orr Barouch the Fire defeated Honduran side Real Espana 3-1.

Chicago took the lead in the 26th minute when Sebastian Grazzini sent Oduro in on the Espana goalkeeper for the first score of the match.  Espana tied it in the 38th minute on a header that beat Jay Nolly after a free kick in a dangerous area.

Oduro and the Fire reclaimed the lead for good in the 44th minute as Ivan Guerrero found Patrick Nyarko with a long ball over the top of the defense.  Nyarko then found Oduro streaking toward the goal.  One minute later Oduro was taken down in the penalty area and earned a PK but Federico Puppo put the ball over the cross bar on the spot attempt.

Barouch closed the scoring in the 88th minute on a goal assisted by Victor Pineda and Mike Videira.  One area of concern could be the health of Sebastian Grazzini who left the game late in the first half with an injury.

Fire Line Up

GK Nolly

D Gargan (Walls 46')

D Anibaba (Pantazopoulos 46')

D Berry (Watson-Siriboe 46')

D Guerrero (Jumper 46')

M Nyarko (Pineda 46')

M Pardo (Paladini 46')

M Pappa (Bone 46')

M Grazzini (Alex 41') (Videira 76')

F Oduro (Dube 46') (Gulley 82')

F Puppo (Barouch 46')

Filed under: 2012 Pre Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • Followed the tweets during the match, but somehow missed that Gibbs didn't dress for this match. Assuming that was planned, so the coaching staff could take a closer look at some of the other guys.

    Would've been great to see Dom get a 1st half hat trick. Word had it that Puppo's attempt was a bit "cheeky", def. not the way to impress Frank & Co. Also hoping Grazzini getting pulled in the 1st half was more precautionary than anything else.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Gibbs and Segares were held out for precautionary reasons.

  • Ha! Totally missed Segares too. I'm going to blame the little sleep I got last night. Yeah, that's it.

  • Quick note: Former Fire and current Deportivo de Cali striker Cristian Nazarit scored the game winning goal in the 83rd minute in his debut which his respected club defeated Once Caldas 2-1. Former Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon wasn't active for Deportivo de Cali.

  • good to see the Fire are scoring a fair bit this pre-season. just seemed last year a lot of 0-0 or 1-0 scores early on. maybe i am just remembering certain ones, i dunno.

    but i think having the new players blending into the team now instead of at the first regular season match is gonna make a huge difference. i am expecting the Fire to definately make the playoffs, and hopefully if things go well, to challenge for the eastern conf title

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    In MLS preseasons Power Rankings (which don't mean a *whole* lot, but still...), the only Eastern Conf team ahead of Chicago is KC, ranked 4th overall. Fire sit at 5th.

    I'm personally hoping for a real dogfight at the top of the standings ala Blackhawks/Red Wings. Would be a blast to watch throughout the season (in addition to watching a very different Fire team from the last 2 seasons).

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Ives doesn't rate the Fire as much as MLS... puts them at 10 in his Fox power rankings, below SKC, RBNY, Philly, and the Crew in the East.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/mls/gallery/power-rankings-january-26-ives-galarcep-mls-teams-images-pictures-012612-

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Fire were a better team than Columbus to finish the year last season and they'll be better than them in 2012.

    I'm assuming that was submitted before Philly lost LeToux and Mondragon.

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    Even WITH LeToux and Mondragon

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