A group of trialists, rookies, and bubble players continued the Fire's undefeated preseason run with a 3-0 victory over soon-to-be MLS club Orlando City SC. Harry Shipp once again set the tone for the Fire with a 14th minute free kick score after Giuseppe Gentile drew a foul just outside of the penalty area. Shipp is making a case for first team minutes and it will be interesting to see if he gets a chance to run out with the first eleven in Tucson next week.
Trialist Daniel Jackson scored the second goal for the Fire in the 30th minute and open tryout winner Freddie Braun completed the scoring in the 78th after Brendan King's shot hit the post.
The team's first eleven will get an extended run out of 60 minutes in a non-streamed friendly against DC United this morning. Logan Pause has been included in run outs with the "younger" squad as an on-field coordinator and the team seems to be responding well to Yallop's 4-1-4-1 so far in the early going. The play of the rookies/trialists has been impressive but perhaps the most encouraging item is the fact that the Fire have yet to allow a goal in three matches.
Frank Yallop will have some difficult decisions to make with cuts expected to be made before traveling to Tuscon for the final phase of training camp. It would seem Grant Ward has earned a longer look and the wealth of new younger talent makes it likely that at least one or two of the players currently under contract will be left out come the beginning of phase three in Arizona.
GK Reynish (Kann 46')
DEF T. Ward (Franco 46'), Ianni (Berry 46'), Kinney (Jumper 46'), Walsh (Campbell 46')
MID Jackson (Braun 46'), Ward (Joya 46'), Pause (Ritter 60', Jackson 79'), Shipp (Ciesulka 46'), Pineda (King 46')
FWD Gentile (Gulley 46')
UPDATE: The DC game will be streamed live at Chicago-Fire.com