The Fire's second to last match in Florida resulted in another less than impressive outing against lower level competition. The 0-0 tie versus Nashville FC got off to a slow start. The first half of the match featured very little offensively from either side with the Fire fielding mostly reserves and trialists to begin the game.
Bastian Schweinsteiger made his preseason debut as a second half substitute and was involved in the team's two best chances of the game. A dummy run over a free kick in the 81st set up Diego Campos for a well taken dead-ball attempt and a spectacular switch of possession in the 85th led to another good chance.
Jonathan Campbell joined the growing list of players on the team's injury report when he left the match with an apparent head injury in the 54th minute. Matt Polster, Grant Lillard, Daniel Johnson, Luis Solignac, and Josh Gatt did not suit up, presumably due to injury as well. Dax McCarty and Alan Gordon were also not in uniform.
Fire first half line-up
Cleveland; Conner, Campbell, Dean, Vincent; Bronico, Castro; Ruiz, Bakero, Campos; Collier
Sanchez; Ramos. Kappelhof, Campbell (Dean 54'), Corrales; Adams, Conner; Bakero, Schweinsteiger, Campos; Nikolic
The Fire play their final game in Florida on Saturday morning at Orlando City. The match will not be streamed online.