Fire down FGCU 2-0

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.

Fire line-up

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.

Filed under: 2018 Preseason

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  • Guys. If the GM and the owner don’t care why should we. This season is going to be a disaster.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    5th place is where my confidence is. And I hope I'm horribly wrong (to the upside) eight months from now.

  • Brian. With just one twic of Basten hamstring and this team is done. They have a below average coach a one person attack , and old midfield average ncaa college defense and a goalie that was an embarrassment last year. That’s the 2018 chicago fire. The owner made his move last year and it did not work out. It should be a race between New England and the fire for last place. I am betting that the fire finish last or very close to last. Patiño will be gone by August and Rodriguez finished by the end of the year.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    I agree that the Fire have 0 depth what so ever. I too think the team is worse than last year at this point by a wide margin (3 to 4 spots in the standings imo). The Fire still should add an attacking mid/10 (should be DP level), a starting level CB (TAM level), a goalie that can push Sanchez (we thankfully traded the embarrasing keeper), and 2 wing players (i understand changing system but need SOME speed on the edge).

    I understand caution, having a process, and making deliberate decisions BUT when was the last time the Fire entered a season with a "complete" roster? 1998? Sign some players!!!

  • Question for the board. Adem Ljajic is a really high end CAM that plays for Torino in Italy. He is Serbia's best offensive player. To make a comparison, transfermarkt.com value of Atlanta's new CAM Blanco is at $8 million and Ljajic is valued at $13 million. (Quintero at $3.5 million) Anyway, Adem has been benched for the past six games. Looks like the coach is switching up tactics and Ljajic doesn't fit anywhere. Serbia qualified for the World Cup so this kid needs playing time. Could the Fire be a viable landing spot? Even a short term loan Katai would be awesome. Thoughts?

  • In reply to go fire:

    Why would he come here?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    For the same reason Julio Cesar joined Toronto FC on a short-term basis prior to WC 2014. He wasn't getting any games with his club. When he signed with TFC, it was for the whole season, but he never returned after the World Cup.

    A move like this obviously benefits the player more than it does the club. If you want to build long-term excellence, you don't sign players who will only be around for three months.

  • In reply to go fire:

    Ljajic would be excellent, although I doubt the Fire would spring for the kind of money it would take to get him. There is interest for him from Russia, where the window closes on Saturday. If Torino wants to unload him that may be something to watch.

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