International friendlies in September are fairly meaningless and sometimes dull but this one was actually entertaining. Defending Mexican champions Santos Laguna took a 2-0 lead after the first half hour of play when Benjamin Joya danced by Dan Gargan and Hunter Jumper to beat Paolo Tornaghi from 15 yards out in the 24th. Five minutes later Daniel Luduena took advantage of a sloppy back pass by Mike Videira inside the penalty area to give the visitors the two goal advantage.
The Fire fought back in the second half. Videira headed home an Alex corner kick in the 48th minute and Corben Bone tied it after collecting a Dominic Oduro pass to beat Santos 'keeper Miguel Becerra with a low shot to the far post in the 63rd minute. Both sides exchanged some dangerous chances in the last 15 minutes of the match before settling for a draw.
There's not much than can usually be learned from these friendlies with both sides essentially fielding 'B" teams but Fire homegrown player Victor Pineda did play well from both the holding mid spot in the first half and from the left side in the second. Pineda should be a factor for serious playing time in 2013.
Fire Line Up
Tornaghi; Walls, Videira, Jumper, Gargan; Pause (Paladini 46'), Pineda, Oduro, Alex (Pardo 78'), Bone; MacDonald (Anibaba 46')
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