A stoppage time goal from Kelyn Rowe, a player with a knack for scoring against the Fire handed the club its first loss of preseason. A nifty give and go with from Diego Fagundez was the difference just moments before Quincy Amarikwa hit the crossbar with what would have been an equalizer in the 92nd minute.
Both Harry Shipp and Benji Joya got a run out with the starting unit. Both were steady but not as active offensively as in previous outings.
The Fire started the match with a good portion of the first team line-up while the Revolution utilized mostly reserves to begin the match. The first half was fairly uneventful but Chicago did have the best chance in the 33rd minute when a Jeff Larentowicz header was denied by a diving Brad Knighton. The Revolution 'keeper came up big again in the 87th stopping a long distance strike by Amarikwa.
Frank Yallop fielded a reserve side with a few players out of their natural positions to begin the second half and Jay Heaps inserted most of his starters at the 60 minute mark. This one looked like a preseason game.
Despite the loss, the Fire have advanced to the Desert Diamond Cup championship match on Saturday against the Chivas de Guadalajara Development Team.
Fire line up
GK Johnson (Reynish 46')
D Palmer (Piermayr 46'), Hurtado (Kinney 46'), Soumare (Ianni 46'), Segares (Jumper 46')
M Larentowicz (Pause 46'), Joya (Pineda 46'), Alex (Yatouba 46'), Shipp (Gentile 46'), Duka (Franco 46')
F Anangono (Amarikwa 46')
Mike Magee has yet to return to camp and the club continues to publicly state that he's away on an excused absence after his agent requested time off to attend to "personal issues". Those issues will probably be resolved promptly with a substantial pay raise.