Fire remain undefeated in preseason with 2-0 win

The competition was a PDL side but there were still plenty of positives to take from the Fire's 2-0 win over FC Tucson on Saturday afternoon. The starters were pushed for ninety minutes and although there was some fatigue evident late in the second half the team registered their fifth clean sheet in six pre-season contests. The defensive improvement along with the impressive start from the young "B" group are probably the most encouraging stories so far.

Alex made a case for holding on to his starting spot with a goal. Bakary Soumare provided the second tally by connecting on a pretty one-time volley off of a cross from Patrick Nyarko. The Fire had several other opportunities to provide an even bigger cushion but still won comfortably.

Patrick Ianni started at centerback alongside Soumare but don't read much into that. Ianni would have started with the "B" team on Wednesday night if not for a small knock that moved Jhon Kennedy Hurtado into service for the midweek game. On Thursday, Frank Yallop said that the starters were likely to play about two and a half of the remaining three games so the next two matches should display which way he's leaning for the opener on March 9.

The Fire face New England at 4:30 cdt on Wednesday before the final contest of preseason on Saturday March 1. A 6-0-0 start in exhibition may not mean much come March 9 but the signs are encouraging.

Fire line up

GK Johnson

D Segares, Ianni, Soumare, Palmer

M Larentowicz, Nyarko, Alex, Duka, Rolfe

F Anangono

Subs not used: Reynish, Walsh, Franco, Atouba, Kinney, Gentile, Shipp, Joya, Pineda, Amarikwa

Filed under: 2014 Pre Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


Leave a comment
  • so is the jersey reveal going to be like the timbers logo reveal seen here

    skip to around 2:40 mark.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    The difference might be the Timbers listened.

  • Of all the leaked kits coming out, the Fire are the only club that got everything wrong. Portland, Columbus (I know...), Toronto, and Vancouver all look sharp.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Looks like there's a leak at Adidas sending pics of all the new jerseys to one web site, preempting jersey week. MLS can't be too happy about that.

    There are some nice ones out there.

  • I would to see some commentary on HOW they played. I was only able to watch the last 20 minutes but saw nothing to make me think this team will LOOK any better than last year's edition. I know that they were probably tired but if they can't show ANY evidence of fluid play against tthe likes of a PDL team then I have few hopes for change.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    You don't want to talk about the jersey? ;)

    The last twenty minutes were the worst of the day as some fatigue settled in. It was a PDL side but the first half in particular was very good. Preseason is for conditioning and working on system, style, etc so results don't really matter as much. That being said, I thought they looked pretty good in the first 45 and there should be some reason for optimism.

  • Back in November I wrote this about Mike Magee....

    "Mike Magee - Signed a new deal with the Galaxy during this past preseason. Unless there was some agreement to renegotiate, the Fire may have a bargain for the next two seasons. From a player/agent standpoint there will be no better time in Magee's career to look for a new deal than now. This bears watching very closely."

    The Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz says Magee is holding out.....

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I've been waiting for this. The guy's the MVP on a team that did not make the playoffs - an unusual feat. Considering how we got him, which shouldn't really be a part of this calculation, the Fire should be able to find some $$ to keep him happy. Whether he scores in buckets like last year is another story, but he's still earned it in my book.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Let's not forget that it may not be as simple as just paying Magee a higher wage. The amount of cap/budget room available just isn't there right now to pay him significantly more.
    Whether or not he comes close to repeating the production from last season should also be a concern.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I agree here. The Fire know they need Magee...If they could have gotten him more money already, I suspect they would have.

    Could a player move be imminent Guillermo? Maybe someone who's not playing much but who's salary would give Magee a significant bump? If he's not looking for DP money but just a pretty significant bump I'm looking at Austin Berry, Logan Pause or Patrick Ianni. I think Berry is most likely... He seems like he's fallen to fourth choice this preseason, they just acquired Ianni and I think it's likely Pause probably took a pretty big pay cut to come back so he wouldn't clear that much space.

    Berry made almost $80K last year, I assume that's up a bit this year.

    I hope they don't have to trade anyone but if the cap is as tight as they say it is, there's no way they can avoid it.

  • In reply to seaside:

    Watch this space.

  • In reply to seaside:

    I like Berry, but with the new additions he could be expendable.
    They should trade him for some hight draft slots for next year.
    There are several current players who also are expendable.
    If several of the youngsters work out this could be a brand new club in 2015. Just hope they pick up Grant Ward, who has more upside
    and versatility than Berry and several other current players.

  • Anangono would be a likely target if he doesn't start to produce.
    No doubt that Magee deserves a bump in money but with the budget cap it makes it difficult. One wonders how Toronto can spend millions
    this season and remain under the salary cap, the strange ways of the MLS salary regulations would gag a maggot.

  • It would seem to me that getting rid of Berry is not the solution. He is the least expensive of the central defenders. An $80K boost to McGee's salary is likely not going to do it. Moving a $110K+ player seems more logical as that money can simply be transferred to McGee. And let that transfer be on his conscience.

Leave a comment