The Fire's recent history of preseason success continues. In hammering home some glaring defensive mistakes by a mostly reserve Montreal Impact starting eleven, Chicago attackers showed that they will be dangerous when presented with chances.
David Accam got it going in the first minute by finishing a clean chance created by Michael de Leeuw after stripping Impact defender Wandrille Lefevre of the ball in a dangerous spot.
Dax McCarty scored his first goal for the Fire in his second preseason game in the 15th minute to make it 2-0. His rocket half-volley from the top of the goal area was a result of an Accam steal on the left side and a layoff from Nemanja Nikolic to set up the uncontested shot.
An own goal by Montreal's Kyle Fisher in the 18th minute was deflected into the net following a Michael Harrington cross.
Nikolic scored in the 64th when John Goossens' shot fell to de Leeuw, who found him streaking toward the far post for a tap in.
A late handball call on Drew Conner resulted in a penalty kick goal for Ignacio Piatti in the 88th to finish the scoring and give Chicago a 4-1 victory.
The Fire are now 3-0 in preseason. Before making plans for November soccer however, recall that last year's team broke camp with a 5-0-1 record. There are some good signs but still plenty of work to be done against better opposition. The next preseason contest will take place on Sunday against Miami FC.
Veljko Paunovic started with what very well could be his opening day eleven in this match.
Bava; Harrington (Campbell 72'), Kappelhof (Calistri 83'), Meira (Conner 78'), Vincent (Dekovic 72'); McCarty (Doody 78'), Juninho (Fernandez 78'); Alvarez (Goossens), de Leeuw (Arshakyan 72), Accam (Solignac 61'); Nikolic (Bronico 72')
- As reported here weeks ago, the Fire have announced a new USL partnership with Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
- Djordje Mihailovic was not available today due to illness.