Youngsters win again, Shipp continues to impress

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.

Fire line-upĀ 

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


Filed under: 2014 Pre Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Really saw the pressing game during what I was able to catch from the DC match this morning. A smarter, better organized team will counter the press better than DC did today, and it's not necessarily the way you want to close out a match, but the young guys had the engines to force some dangerous turnovers.

  • Looks like Yallop has some difficult decisions to make, probably some talented players may be cut, but the depth of the club has been strengthened well above last years club. So, in a way it's not a bad situation to be in.
    Joya, Shipp, and Pineda have really shown well so far
    and Ward looks to be a solid player. Too bad they don't have an USL tie-in with so many young players.
    Alex, Rolfe, and Anangono will be pressed for playing time.
    Thought Atouba played fairly well in his first start, so far
    haven't seen much out of Anagono , Shipp appears to be a more polished player. Hopefully Anangono will show more in the future
    exhibition games or he'll be Anangone.

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