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
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.