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
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.