The Fire opened up MLS Reserve League play with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake. The lone goal was scored in the 8th minute as Corben Bone volleyed home a ball that was headed in his direction after a throw in. Bone played well throughout the match on both ends of the field and Frank Klopas was happy to see the Fire bench produce in order to stay ready when called up during the regular season. "He (Bone) looked very good today and I think he's pushing, you always have to make some difficult choices. It's good to see that in games like this that guys come out and have a very good match, all the guys are sharp and ready to play and ready to step in and contribute if they're called upon. During the season they will be, that's why these games are important for everyone to use this to push themselves so that they're ready," said Frank Klopas after the match.
The starting back line saw three Fire 2012 draft picks accompanied by a 2010 pick, come together to maintain a clean sheet. Tony Walls, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Austin Berry, and Hunter Jumper all had good moments during the match. "We saw Austin, Hunter, and Tony in the back and they were solid," said Klopas.
D Walls, Watson-Siriboe, Berry, Jumper
M Robayo (Pineda 63'), Paladini, Bone, Videira
F Barouch (Mkosana 70'), Puppo (59')
Subs not used: Tornaghi, Keaton Albert, Luis Baraja, Kellen Gulley
Sean Johnson Returns Tomorrow
Fresh off of last night's disappointing Olympic qualifying disaster with the US U-23 squad, Sean Johnson will return to the Fire tomorrow. Klopas expressed confidence in his 'keeper but has not yet decided on his status for this weekend's match. "Sean is an excellent goalkeeper," said Klopas. "It's hard to deal with last night but you have to look at all the other games that they've had. It's a team. I feel bad for the team. It's unfortunate and I'm sure they're going to be disappointed. Sean is an excellent young goalkeeper, that's all I can tell you."
"Right now I'm going to wait and see how Sean is tomorrow and then we'll go from there. It's unfortunate the way things went because it's everyone's dream to be part of the Olympics. They came short but he'll be back with us and we'll sit down and speak with him tomorrow," said Klopas.
Aston Villa Friendly
The Fire announced today that they will be hosting Premier League side Aston Villa in an international friendly at Toyota Park on July 21. The match is part of season ticket packages and will be designated as "Bonus Game 1". Individual tickets are on sale to now. Villa currently sits 15th in the Premier League table.
- CJ Brown was on the bench for Real Salt Lake today ahead of his return with RSL on May 9, at which time he will be inducted into the Ring of Fire.
- Will Johnson was the only "regular" player on the pitch for RSL in the reserve match.
- Federico Puppo played well with Orr Barouch up top although neither one managed to score.
- The midfield alignment to start the match included Robayo on the right, Videira on the left, Paladini in the holding role, and Bone in the attacking mid spot.
- The Fire easily controlled most of the first half. The second half was a fairly uneventful back and forth that saw limited scoring chances for either side.
- Lucky Mkosana had an excellent chance on a break in the 89th minute but his shot was tipped away by RSL keeper Kyle Reynish.
- Academy players Keaton Albert and Luis Barajas were available for the Fire but did not play.
- Arne Friedrich was not in the 18 for the Reserve match but did train before the game.