Reserves defeat Indy Eleven plus midweek notes

First half goals from Lovel Palmer, Juan Luis Anangono, and Chris Rolfe lifted the Fire Reserves to a 3-1 victory over NASL side Indy Eleven last night. Palmer's goal in the 6th minute was headed in from a Rolfe corner giving the Fire an early lead than was never relinquished. Palmer also factored into the second goal when Anangono finished his cross with a header in the 24th. Chris Rolfe maneuvered through the Indy defense in the 44th minute after receiving a pass from Victor Pineda to complete the scoring for Chicago.

Newly signed Kleberson converted a penalty kick in the 73rd minute after a Fire defender was whistled for a handball in the box. Peter Wilt's new team opens their season on April 12 against the Carolina Railhawks.

Fire line up

Reynish (Kann 45'); Palmer (Joya 74'), Ritter, Ianni, Franco (Robinson 35'); Nyarko (Gentile 60'), Pause, Pineda, Duka; Rolfe (Barouch 60'), Anangono

Academy honors

The Fire Academy continues to produce young talent that may not be first team players just yet but they are working their way up. In February an impressive total of nine players committed to Division 1 college programs and now three players have been called to the US-18 camp in Carson, California.

Midfielders Collin Fernandez and Cameron Lindley along with defender Mauricio Pineda will join the National Team for training from April 4-13. They will face Canada on April 8 and Mexico on April 12. The U-18's will then travel to Portugal in May for the Lisbon International Tournament.


  • Former Fire defender Dasan Robinson played in the reserve match as a guest player. Robinson is never too far from the Fire. He was in attendance at the home opener vs NYRB.
  • Orr Barouch is on the disabled list and isn't eligible for first team action for at least another two games but he made his 2014 competitive debut for the Fire in the reserve match.
  • The reserves will face Marquette University on Sunday at 10am. The match will take place at the Toyota Park practice field.
  • Dilly Duka also returned to action after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Jim Curtin will ceremoniously retire as a Fire player this weekend.....

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Wait - Dasan Robinson, Jim Curtin... what year is this??!

  • Two things jump out at me in looking at the U18 USMNT roster:

    1) The Fire have the most players on the roster of any team, one more than the Galaxy overall, and Chicago has four players on the team (Stephen Payne of the Magic, from Alabama, is also there);

    2) One of the three goalkeepers is from the Irvine Strikers and lives in Newport Beach, CA. His name? Jonathan Klinsmann. Now, I wonder if the German FA has their eye on him...

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Whoops - my mistake - the Galaxy has 3 players on there as well... but still, it seems like we're finally starting to see some of the fruits of the Fire academy between these kids and more importantly the latest first-team rookie class.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    OK, and, well, RSL has three kids on there, too... never mind.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Ha! Either way, the Fire academy is starting to produce some talent. Everyone just needs to be patient with young players coming up.

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    What's up with Hunter Jumper? Kinda surprised to see he wasn't playing

  • In reply to Marc:

    Nothing as far as I know, but it's interesting to see that he didn't play in a reserve game now that you've pointed it out.

  • Guess Robinson hasn't done much since leaving the Fire? It says on his Wikipedia page that he retired in 2012. Shame, I thought he was pretty decent.

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