Fire open preseason with 2-0 win over USF

Goals from Nemanja Nikolic and draft pick Elliot Collier led the Fire to a 2-0 victory over the University of South Florida. Nikolic headed in a cross from Christian Dean in the 40th minute and Collier bounced a shot in off of the USF goalkeeper in the 76th after running onto a pass from Drew Conner.

The Fire appeared to begin play in a 4-2-3-1 formation before mass substitutions to start the second half resulted in a 3-5-2 shift. A combination of starters, draft picks, and trialists saw action throughout the match. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matt Polster did not dress although neither is injured.

USF was hammered by the New York Red Bulls 7-0 last weekend.

Fire first half line up:

Sanchez; Ramos, Campbell, Dean Corrales; Adams, McCarty; Johnson, Bakero, Solignac; Nikolic

Second half:

Cleveland; Kappelhof, Lillard, Vincent; Ramos (Gatt 63'), McCarty (Conner 63'), Johnson (Campos 63'), Bronico (Moreira; Solignac (Collier 63'), Nikolic (Ruiz 63')

The Fire next face the Philadelphia Union at 10am on Thursday.

Filed under: 2018 Preseason

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  • It was hard to judge much from this game, but I thought our super draft picks all played very well. Daniel Johnson seemed to step up his physicality (slightly) bute he needs to pick it up even more. For example, there was one play where johnson was giving the opposition about a 15 ft cushion when Dax came in, closed the cushion to zero and won the ball. Daniel needs to learn from that moment and close down opponents. Otherwise, he game was just a glorified work out.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    This first preseason game usually is nothing more than a fitness test.

  • Thanks for the Katai rumor GR. Let's hope NR can pull it off.

  • Guys The only thing I can think of when I think about the 2018 Chicago Fire is that this is a team being prepared for a sale. They have cut the costs and replace the subtractions with College players . I think that this hopefully will the last season that we have to go thru watching all the new talent coming into the league go in other teams. The only reason that I will travel down Harlem avenue is to watch teams like Atlanta and Toronto come thru. I personally hope that like crazy that this will have to be the last time we have to say the name Hauptman. Can anyone imagine how embarrassing it will be for Schweinsteiger to visit the Byner stadium with the Fire?

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    There have been lots of Internet rumors the last two years that the team would be sold, but it still hasn't happened. And unless Hauptman gets an offer he can't refuse, why would he sell? There are future expansion fees waiting and the most lucrative aspect of MLS ownership is having a piece of SUM. To give that up would require a buyer to make Hauptman an eye-popping offer.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Brokerman, I love you. I'm pulling for the day when this Club does something that will make you happy.

  • Fire have acquired a winger:

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/02/06/chicago-fire-add-serbian-winger-aleksandar-katai-loan-la-liga-club

  • Thanks again for the tip Guillermo. Any other rumors out there? TIA

  • Katai looks to have talent, but his defense is sparse. As a replacement for Accam, maybe his defense doesn't matter:)

    Also, I think the Fire no longer have the worst owner in MLS. That title goes to Anthony Precourt and Columbus. That guy is really a jerk. I just dream of the day when the Fire have a new, local owner and play in an awesome stadium along the river near downtown. I'll be complaining about how my social security check isn't enough for a season ticket by the time that happens though.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    How about that KC training facility? Wow.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    You have to think that at a certain point (if we haven't past it already) that the Fire's training facilitities will impair their ability to sign new players. Personally, all you have to do is look at Atlanta, Philidelphia, NYRB, and now KC to see how far behind the Fire are.

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    In reply to Krasov:

    I totally agree with Krasov

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