Fire top Vancouver in preseason
PHOENIX -- The Chicago Fire Soccer Club defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps
4-1 at the Arizona State Women's Soccer Stadium, on a pair of two-goal
performances from Fire forwards Collins John and Stefan Dimitrov. The
4-1 win over the Whitecaps marked the Fire's first victory of their 2010
John, currently on trial with the Fire, scored his first goal in a Fire
uniform in the 17th minute. Taking advantage of a short clearance, Jaao
Baptista found an open John in the Vancouver penalty area, John
collected the pass with his back to net, turned and fired home a
right-footed blast to the far post past Vancouver goalkeeper Dan Pelc.
In the 36th minute John rounded out his strong first half with his
second goal of the game. A deflected ball off of a Drew Yates shot
attempt fell to John in the penalty area. The former Fulham forward
struck the ball with his left foot off of a half-volley and buried the
ball into the corner of the net to give the Fire a 2-0 advantage.
The Whitecaps pulled one back to bring the Fire lead to one with the
first half coming to a close. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Ricardo
Sanchez stepped up and converted a penalty kick in the 38th minute to
tighten the score to 2-1 heading into halftime.
The second half was much of the same, with Fire forward Stefan Dimitrov
replacing John and producing a similar result - a two-goal half. Drew
Yates added his second assist of the day, finding Dimitrov in the 50th
minute for his first goal of the game. Yates through ball found Dimitrov
on the right side of the box, Dimitrov met the ball and fired a driven,
right-footed shot into the back of the net. Dimitrov tallied his second
goal of the game, powerfully heading a Mark Blades cross past the
diving arms of Whitecaps goalkeeper Dan Pelc.
The team will return to Chicago on Thursday before departing for their
next leg of preseason training, in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday, Feb.
The Fire play host to the San Jose Earthquakes on Opening Night at
TOYOTA PARK on Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 PM CT. Fire fans hoping to
secure seats for Opening Night vs. San Jose can now purchase group
tickets via the front office. Tickets start at just $18 for groups of 15
or more. Fans wishing to purchase group tickets can do so by
1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or by going to www.chicago-fire.com.
Chicago Fire 4 : 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (USSF Div. 2)
Arizona State Women's Soccer Stadium
Chicago Fire: Andrew Dykstra (Sean Johnson, 41'); Jonathan Aleman
(Pedro Rodriguez, 51'), Izzy Iriekpen, Dasan Robinson, O'Brian
Woodbine; Jaime Cuesta, Renato Gonzalez (Mark Blades, 41'), Jaao
Baptista, Corben Bone (Drew Yates, 22'), Calen Carr (Kwame
Watson-Siriboe); Collins John (Stefan Dimitrov, 41')
Vancouver Whitecaps: Dan Pelc; Chris Williams, Greg Janicki (Luca
Bellisomo, 48'), Nelson Akwari, Takashi Hirano; Justin Moose (Nizar
Khalfan, 53'), Ricardo Sanchez (Phillipe Davies, 48'), Ansu Toure,
Martin Nash (Ethan Gauge, 58'); Marlon James (Cornelius Stewart, 53),
Zourab Tsiskaridze (Alex Semenets, 41')
CHI - Collins John (Jaao Baptista) 17'
CHI - Collins John (Drew Yates) 36'
VAN - Ricardo Sanchez (PK) 38'
CHI - Stefan Dimitrov (Drew Yates) 50'
CHI - Stefan Dimitrov (Mark Blades) 58'