Fire beat Union 4-2, plus roster notes, rumors, and more

Preseason is off to a promising start with a second consecutive win and a good showing. The Fire defeated Philadelphia 4-2 on the strength of a strong second half performance and David Accam's ability to create with pace. Accam scored twice in the first half, but the Fire put the game away by the 64th minute after goals from Nick LaBrocca and Gilberto gave them a 4-1 lead.

Trialist John Goosens showed well with a pass that sprung Accam for the second goal just before half time. He was also instrumental in the third score, after a combination with Gilberto he forced Andre Blake into a save which resulted in a rebound header for LaBrocca. Gilberto finished the scoring for Chicago after a give away by rookie defender Josh Yaro.

The team will train for one more day in Florida before heading back to Chicago and departing for the next phase of preseason in Portland.

"We're very happy because when you're working on concepts, and you see that the team believes, tries to play and give their best in every game, in every session, it's very good for us," said Veljko Paunovic after the match. "I think that playing an MLS opponent is very hopeful for us."

Scoring

Chicago: Accam (penalty kick) 14'

Philadelphia: Herbers (LeToux) 16'

Chicago: Accam (Goosens) 40'

Chicago: LaBrocca (unassisted) 60'

Philadelphia: Creavalle (Restrepo) 83'

Line up

McLain (Johnson 46'); Calistri (Vincent 46', Doody 86'), Keller (Meira 75'), Campbell (Conner 75'), Harrington (Pineda 55'); Alvarez (Fernandez 46', Mitchell 74'), Goosens (LaBrocca 46', Maher 86'), Cocis (Stephens 46'), Shipp (Polster 46'), Accam (Morrell 55', Bryce 86'): Igboananike (Gilberto 46')

Notes

  • It appears that transfer target Marcin Kaminski has opted to remain in Poland and sign a contract extension with Lech Poznan. His contract expired this summer, which led to interest from the Fire and other clubs but that pursuit has ended. 
  • The Fire have added Johan Kappelhof but remained in the market for another centerback, even if Kaminski decided to pass. There was also interest in Maccabi Tel Aviv defender Carlos Garcia, but that pursuit has waned as well. Garcia played with Paunovic at Almeria in Spain in 2008. The Fire now appear to be focusing their efforts on central and attacking midfield, and forward rather than another central defender.
  • Arturo Alvarez has already impressed enough to earn consideration for a contract offer. That could come as early as within the next week.
  • A report surfaced yesterday regarding interest in Ghanaian midfielder Enoch Kofi Adu. While no offer has been tendered, he could be one that's being discussed as an option in central midfield.

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    Enoch Kofi Adu looks great (top Allsvenskan player with significant Champions League experience) but transfermarkt says he has almost 3 years left on his contract. We'd presumably have to pay a sizable transfer fee. Might have to burn through a lot of TAM to get him (salary + transfer fee).

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    In reply to Dan Koev:

    Also - Goossens is very intriguing. 27 and only a year and a half removed from playing for one of the Eredivisie's top sides. Not sure how he ended up in India and Romania from there, but his pedigree suggests a lot of potential.

  • In reply to Dan Koev:

    Its called injuries. He had a pretty bad one in India.

  • Call me crazy, but I think this group, even without a kaminski, can get enough points to keep us competitive into July. Another opportunity to get that last impact full player (Kiesewetter?) that might drag us to fighting for a playoff spot, quite the hypothetical turn around. I am impressed with NR so far, even though several of the players that have been signed are relatively unknown. I like that he has not rushed to sign a big name player just to make a splash. I understand it's only been 2 preseason games, but I'm sold on the strategy/nrs process, I believe in the new regime (for now), and I can't wait for the season to start. Calling Accam with 20 goals, mvp.

  • In reply to AJties:

    After selling Shipp...i retract a lot of the above statement... we better have gotten enough $$$ for a Giovinco level player

  • AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Don't let them hide behind league policy. If they're trading Shipp for $$$, we deserve to know for how much and what they are going to do with it. This runs counter to everything they have said about building a core. For they can't tell us why this is a good deal, then I cant think of this as anything other than a travesty. I've been preaching patience, but this is not Joevin Jones. This is the face of the franchise and demands an explanation

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    They didn't trade him, they sold him. They need to be buyers, not sellers. Agree that this just spits on the fans.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Spits on the fans?

    They are making moves that they believe are necessary to build a winner in the long run.

    I know Shipp was popular and I am also sad to see him go, but he was an average player at best.

    To build a winner, they will need an above average player in the CAM spot.

    Sentimentality has to be put aside when tough decisions are being made.

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    It appears they have decided that Shipp is not a good fit for the core they are trying to build.

    I would hate to see them hang onto a player they do not believe in just because that player is popular.

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