Being able to carry over preseason success to the regular season is something the Fire haven't been able to do over the last several seasons. With their most difficult test ahead of them against Toronto FC on Saturday, the Fire have managed to emerge victorious from every first team match they started so far. This game didn't feature the scoring binges of the last two wins but they still managed to put three on the board against USL's FC Cincinnati. Fire attackers continue to impress, however.
Luis Solignac gave Chicago the lead in the 31st when he headed in a John Goossens cross for the only goal of the first half.
A complete line-up change to start the second half didn't provide immediate results but the final 5 minutes of the game saw plenty of action. Michael de Leeuw headed in a cross from Patrick Doody in the 70th minute to give the Fire a two goal lead until late. Goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland came too far out of his goal and misjudged a ball, allowing Djiby Fall to get one past him in the 88th.
One minute later, Matej Dekovic converted a pass from de Leeuw following a corner kick to restore the Fire's two-goal lead. Cincinnati's Paul Nicholson converted a free kick from 24 yards out to finish the scoring in the 90th minute.
Bava; Harrington, Kappelhof, Campbell, Vincent; McCarty, Juninho; Goossens, Solignac, Accam; Nikolic
Cleveland; Barson, Meira, Dekovic, Doody; Conner, Mihailovic; Alvarez, de Leeuw, Johnson; Arshakyan