The Fire dropped a 2-0 decision to the Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly at Toyota Park. The game itself didn't provide much of interest for Fire supporters other than a first glimpse at new acquisition Razvan Cocis and a possible preview of a line up change. Jeff Larentowicz started the game at centerback in a move that Frank Yallop referred to as his "prerogative" to get a look. The performance of Bakary Soumare and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was disconcerting enough to give the head coach reason to drop the team captain from midfield into the backline.
As for the game itself, the first Tottenham score came as a result of a miscue or apparent miscommunication in the back. Sean Johnson's pass to Jeff Larentowicz was received in front of the goal but the captain was dispossessed and Lewis Holtby fed Harry Kane for an easy goal in the fifth minute.
The Fire stuck around for most of the half but Sean Johnson made two outstanding saves to keep the score where it was. The best chance for the home side came in the 25th minute when Brad Friedel dove to save Matt Watson's well struck attempt from 27 yards.
Wholesale changes in the second half led to a pretty uneventful second forty-five minutes. Robert Saldado fed a ball over the top that Bakary Soumare couldn't deal with and Aaron Lennon got in behind him to beat Kyle Reynish for the final tally.
Razvan Cocis made his Fire debut in the second half and played 31 minutes before making way for a substitution. Yallop said after the game that he didn't want to push him as he regains his fitness. He wouldn't rule him out for the club's next match but it isn't likely his regular season debut will come that early. Catch post game comments from Cocis here.
The Fire will take on Vancouver in a game that matters at Toyota Park on Wednesday night.
GK Johnson (Reynish 46')
D Palmer (Kinney 46'), Larentowicz (Soumare 46'), Ianni (Hurtado 46'), Segares (Cochrane 46')
M Ward (Duka 55'), Ritter (Cocis 46')(Franco 77'), Watson (Pause 46'), Shipp (Joya 46')
F Magee (Alex 46'), Amarikwa (Fondy 46')