The Fire lost their shut out streak but still managed to stay undefeated this preseason by defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-1 in Tucson, Arizona. Frank Yallop said he would play trialists and young players in this match and the "B" squad impressed yet again. A midfield featuring Logan Pause in the holding role with Victor Pineda, Harry Shipp, Benji Joya, and Grant Ward ahead of him had the better of the play against a combination of Rapids reserves and starters.
Trialist Grant Ward looks to have cemented a case for a place on the roster after scoring the first goal in the 37th minute. A long distance golazo (that may have been a cross) was set up by a nice run through midfield on Joya's part, enabling him to get the ball to Ward. The Tottenham winger is returning to England tomorrow but said via his twitter account that he hopes to return to Chicago soon.
Quincy Amarikwa scored the Fire's second goal on 40th minute tap in after Austin Berry, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, and Hunter Jumper kept a Shipp free kick alive in the box. Colorado's lone tally came in the 68th minute, shortly after the Fire made three substitutions. Designated player Gabriel Torres took advantage of lapse in back to spoil the clean sheet.
The starters are expected to see heavy minutes in the final three matches of preseason.
Fire line up
D Jumper, Berry, Hurtado (Walsh 63'), Piermayr
M Pineda, Pause, Joya, Shipp (Atouba 63'), Ward
F Amarikwa (Gentile 63')