The competition so far this preseason may not be of the highest quality, but the Fire continue to show that they are capable of putting away chances with a revamped attack. Chicago handled NASL side Miami FC easily en route to their fourth victory against zero losses in first team games this preseason.
The Fire came away with a 2-1 lead at halftime following a 3rd minute goal from Luis Solignac after capitalizing on a Miami giveaway in the final third, and a John Goossens spot kick in the 42nd. Miami scored their goal in the 38th when a Daniel Johnson turnover led to Dylan Mares getting behind trialist Taylor Peay.
Chicago saved the majority of their impressive work for the second half. Arturo Alvarez worked around defenders to finish an impressive sequence in the 49th to increase the Fire lead shortly after the break. David Arshakyan, yes David Arshakyan, scored on a 52nd minute rebound off a Juninho blast that was initially saved.
The best play of the night, and the preseason so far, came in a beautifully executed team goal that started with goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland and featured a key run from Drew Conner, culminating in a Nemanja Nikolic pass to an open David Accam in the 63rd.
Miami FC scored the final goal of the match in the 71st after a penalty kick was awarded following a video review. The play in question was reviewed after the Fire had already advanced the ball into the opposing half. Cleveland stopped the initial penalty kick attempt but Ariel Pedro Martinez was able to get to the rebound before Fire defenders.
The Fire will next face FC Cincinnati on Wednesday at 3pm.
Bava; Peay, Kappelhof, Dekovic, Vincent; McCarty, Bronico; Goossens. Solignac, Johnson; De Leeuw
Cleveland; Harrington, Campbell, Meira, Doody; Juninho, Conner; Alvarez, Nikolic, Accam; Arshakyan
- The Fire will have former Newcastle right back Ryan Taylor in camp this week for a trial
- Matt Lampson missed the game with an MCL injury