The Fire defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in a Reserve match this morning at the Toyota Park practice field. Both sides got a look at several academy players as well as the usual run from players not typically in the starting line up every week. For the Fire, this match featured the debut of striker Guillermo Franco who has played in a competitively since leaving Pachuca in Junlt ale. Franco looked decent in 61 minutes of play, finding spaces and actually hitting the outside of the post on a shot in the 40th minute. Considering he hasn't played in a match for several months the effort was pretty positive.
"I felt good for the most part but a little bit tired and that's normal. My family came in so we were moving, going back and forth from the airport with luggage, and picking up my kids so that can be a little bit tiring. Otherwise I felt good," said Franco after the match. He's hoping to be ready for selection if his visa clears in time for Saturday's match against Columbus but says that decision is up to Frank Klopas. "If the coach decides I can be on the bench I don't have any problem with that," he continued.
Franco is impressed with mindset and effort of the club so far and wasn't too concerned with not being able to find the back of the net in his first outing. "I like the attitude of the team a lot. They work hard and good things happen when you work hard. It's just important that the team wins. Hitting the post is secondary," he said. The veteran forward also didn't see a whole lot of MLS action before joining the Fire but he did catch enough to know that he would have his work cut out for him. "I saw a few games. You don't see very much MLS in Mexico but it definitely showed me what people were telling me about the league and how it can be difficult to play here. It's a league that's growing every year and getting better and better. I knew what I was getting in to," said Franco who is wearing #10 for the Fire.
The Fire took an early lead in the 5th minute when Hunter Jumper headed in a Victor Pineda corner kick and doubled the lead just before half time. Dominic Oduro added the second tally dribbling around the Dallas defense after collecting a ball over the top from Corben Bone. Scott Sealy scored late for the visitors after a quick re-start in the 71st. Bone and Mike Videira both played very good games.
GK Jay Nolly
D Tony Walls, Francis Otira, Grant Lillard, Hunter Jumper
M Wells Thompson (Joel Delass 71'), Mike Videira, Dominic Oduro (Ricardo Aldope 67'), Corben Bone, Victor Pineda
F Guillermo Franco (Marcus Epps 61')
Bench not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Cody Witkowski, Oscar Gonzalez
The Fire started with Franco up top as the lone forward, Bone at the center mid, Pineda on the left, and Oduro on the right. Oduro moved up to the forward spot briefly when Franco was subbed out. Before being substituted Franco picked up a yellow card in the 54th after a scuffle with Bruno Guarda.