The Fire have announced a July 10 friendly against Mexico's Club América at Toyota Park. It will mark the third contest between the two teams since 2006. The friendly is a mid-week game sandwiched in between a home contest against Sporting KC on 7/7 and a trip to Vancouver on 7/14. Tickets are available this Friday and season ticket holders can use Bonus Game 1 vouchers for entry into the match.
Reserves win first match
The Fire Reserves picked up their first victory of the season this morning with a 2-1 decision over FC Dallas at the Toyota Park practice field. The Fire (1-2-0) got a goal and an assist from Maicon Santos and another tally from Corben Bone for the difference. Dallas had a few opportunities to tie the game late but failed to convert. Kellyn Acosta, who scored the lone goal for the visitors struck the crossbar with a free kick in the 83rd minute and Bobby Warshaw clanged the left post on a penalty kick attempt in stoppage time after Paolo Tornaghi was whistled for a foul in the box. Wells Thompson was also ejected after being shown a second yellow card in the late in the second half.
Victor Pineda was replaced by Yazid Atouba in the 19th minute after suffering an apparent ankle injury. Frank Klopas said the injury was not serious and the substitution was precautionary.
Fire Line Up
D Wells Thompson, Leo Lelis*, Joel Leon**, Hunter Jumper
M James Ashton*, Corben Bone, Victor Pineda (Yazid Atouba 19'), Dilly Duka
F Alex (MacDonald 46'), Maicon Santos (Hayden Cochran** 76')
The reserves next game is May 14 at Houston.
Red card upheld
The Fire appealed Jeff Larentowicz's dubious red card against Montreal but a independent panel could not come to a unanimous decision on whether or not the card was incorrectly shown. As a result Larentowicz will miss the Fire's next game on May 11 versus Philadelphia.
The appeal was worth a shot but the foul and denial of a goal scoring opportunity question remained debatable enough to avoid a consensus among the three members of the panel.
Union comment on Soumare
Speaking of the Union. Philadelphia coach John Hackworth was asked about Bakary Soumare's status during his weekly press conference this morning and stated that there were no new developments to report. "We're actively trying to find a solution for Baky and the Philadelphia Union," said Hackworth. "Baky's been a good professional in every aspect. He's still available for selection and as of right now he's still a member of the Union."
Soumare will be the guest on the next Fire Confidential Podcast.
USOC first round draw
The US Soccer Federation has announced the match-ups for play-in games and the first round of the tournament. MLS clubs begin play on May 28.