Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chicago Fires three vs. Orlando City

Photo by Joe Petro / OCSC 

By Mike Gramajo

BRADENTON, Fla. — Firing up the preseason. 

The Chicago Fire claimed a 3-0 victory over Orlando City SC on Tuesday night, at the IMG Academy Stadium, during a preseason friendly. 

“I thought some of the guys did okay. It’s difficult to play an MLS team that’s two weeks ahead of conditioning,” said Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath. “We’ll be better, we got a long way to go since we don’t start until the end of March, so we have to just move on.” 

The Fire opened up the scoring in the opening 13 minutes when midfielder Harry Shipp curled in a free-kick from outside the box, beating goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo for the early lead. Forward Daniel Jackson doubled the lead in the 30th minute when a defensive error lead to Jackson to capitalize on the mistake. 

Dennis Chin played the first half as a lone striker, having midfielders Jamie Watson, Yordany Alvarez and Darwin Ceren pull the strings for the former Rollins College player. 

“These games too early for, but we got to make the most of what we have,” said Heath. “We got some pieces still to come and a couple of signings to come before the Disney (Pro Soccer Classic) tournament arrives.” 

In the second half, OCSC looked more alive after giving two early first half goals. Newcomer Corey Hertzog entered to play alongside Dennis Chin, which left Darwin Ceren to play more of a center-attacking midfielder role. 

Former OCSC player Freddie Braun scored the third and final goal in the 79th  minute when his shot went past Lions second-half goalkeeper substitute Carl Woszczyki, which rebounded off the bar, defelcting off Braun’s shin for the goal. 

Kevin Molino did not dress up since he’s still in Trinidad and Tobago working on his Visa, while Bryan Burke appeared on the bench but did not warm up, signaling that he’s still trying to reach form since his season-ending injury in 2013. 

Trialist that stood out was defender RJ Allen, who came in as a second-half substitute. 

Orlando City now pay attention to the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, which kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. They will open up their run at the DPSC vs. the Philadelphia Union, who were huge winners in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. 

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