The Fire used mostly reserves and trialists to hand Florida Gulf Coast University a 2-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon. A 19th minute tap-in from Omar Castro after an Elliot Collier pass gave Chicago the lead in match that they controlled comfortably. Forward Albert Ruiz scored a 27th minute, unmarked, flat-footed header from a 27th minute corner kick against his alma mater to double the lead.
Collier, Ruiz, and Jon Bakero all had excellent chances to score in a 30-minute second half but the post and good reactions from the FGCU goalkeeper kept the scoreline where it was.
The Fire issued an injury report before the match that did not include Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has yet to play this preseason. Josh Gatt, who was rested due to a slight hamstring concern, was also not listed. Daniel Johnson (right ankle), Grant Lillard (left knee), Matt Polster (left knee), Luis Solignac (left hip), Michael de Leeuw (left ACL surgery), and Djordje Mihailovic (right ACL surgery) were included in the pregame list.
Polster has yet to play in preseason and has a history of knee injuries. His status bears watching over the next week or two.
Cleveland; Corrales (Vincent 59'), Campbell, Dean, Moreira (Ramos 46'); Adams (Bronico 39'), Castro; Bakero, Ruiz, Campos; Collier (Moreira 67')
The Fire next face USL expansion side Nashville SC on Wednesday.