The Fire were defeated for the first time in 2012 pre-season play by losing to the Portland Timbers 2-0. The match was extended to 120 minutes of play in an attempt to get both sides a look at different players vying for roster spots. Frank Klopas also extended most of the starting eleven to 60 mniutes of playing time. Eric Alexander scored in the 64th minute and Jorge Perlaza tallied in the 113th.
In a scenario similar to last season, both Orr Barouch and Kheli Dube both managed to find the goal post with shots. Rafael Robaya also made his Fire debut, playing 60 minutes as a substitute.
Fire Line Up
GK Tornaghi (Johnson 46')(Nolly 93')
D Gargan (Walls 60')
D Anibaba (Berry 60')(Watson-Siriboe 105')
D Gibbs (Inigo 60')
D Segares (Jumper 60')(Guerrero 105')
M Pappa (Robayo 60')
M Pardo (Paladini 60')
M Nyarko (Pineda 60')(Bone 96')
M Grazzini (Videira 60')(Pantazopoulos 105')
F Oduro (Dube 60')(Barrera 105')
F Puppo (Barouch 60')(Mkosana 96')