A 1-0 win over DC United this morning leaves the Fire with a 4-0 record heading into the final phase of preseason in Tuscon, Arizona. The clean sheet was also the fourth consecutive shutout for a team that struggled defensively for the better part of the 2013 season.
After the "kids" got a chance to play against Orlando City SC on Tuesday night, the starters went 60 minutes against DC United but failed to score. One of the "kids" played the hero again in the 75th minute. This time is was Benji Joya's curling beauty from just outside of the 18 providing the difference.
The team will return to Chicago today before departing for Arizona on Saturday. Frank Yallop will certainly have some tough decisions to make in terms of roster cuts. The Fire currently have 28 players under contract (not including Orr Barouch who is expected to join the team in Tucson) and 37 players participated in the Bradenton camp. It's likely that a familiar name or two won't be on the final roster come compliance day on March 1.
Fire line up vs DC
DEF Palmer (Franco 61'), Soumare (Ianni 61'), Hurtado (Berry 61'), Segares (Walsh 61')
MID Nyarko (Atouba 61'), Larentowicz (Joya 61'), Alex (Shipp 61'), Duka (Pineda 61'), Rolfe (Ward 61')
FWD Anangono (Amarikwa 61')