Academy Takes 7

Combine to go 2-1-1 against Rapids, Wizards

Fresh off a combined eight points against last weekend
against Real Colorado and Colorado Rush, the Chicago Fire U16 and U18 Academy
teams took another seven points from this past weekend’s matches against their
MLS Academy counterparts from Colorado and Kansas City. Below is a quick recap
of all four games.

Saturday

Colorado Rapids U16
0-2 Chicago Fire U16


The Fire U16’s gave Colorado fits very early Saturday morning when striker
Elliot Borge tallied 12 seconds in the match at Argo High School. Straight from
the first whistle, the Fire set into the Rapids half where left back Eduardo
Cuautle slipped a through ball into the box for Borge who sent a powerful low
strike past Rapids keeper Alex Chapin in the 1
st minute.

Borge found the back of the net again just before the
interval. This time it was right back Keaton Albert pushing up the right and
sending a dangerous cross to Borge at the left side of the six-yard box. Borge
headed back across the goal to beat Chapin and take the Fire into the half 2-0
up in the 39
th minute.

Colorado took more control of the game in the second half
but Fire keeper Zak Allen was equal to everything including a 71
st
minute breakaway from Rapids forward Idrissa Camara. In 1v1 on Allen the Fire
youngster came off his line and denied the effort but was injured on the play
and made way for Robert Euler to enter the match in the 74
th minute.
Euler helped preserve the shutout in combination with Allen, making one save in
reserve.

Scoring Summary:
CHI: Elliot Borge (Eduardo Cuautle) 1’
CHI: Elliot Borge (Keaton Albert) 39’

 Chicago Fire: 1-Zak Allen (01-Robert Euler
74), 51-Eduardo Cuautle, 58-Peter Beasley, 57-Johnny Contreras (46-Anthony
Torres 41), 60-Keaton Albert, 41-Joel Salmeron (44-Henrik Egly 60), 52-Drew
Conner, 59-Luis Barajas (53-David Caban 34), 49-Luis Medina, 56-Eliot Borge
(48-Giovanni Sanchez 53)

Colorado Rapids:
31-Alex Chapin, 36-Geno Bigelow, 45-Jason Prichard, 53-Matthew Taphorn, 41-Joe
Logsdon (46-Ricardo Perez 41), 49-Dillon Serna (50-Josue Chavez 62), 52-Avery
Ball, 40-Karsten Hanlin, 39-Chris Gurule 33-Idrissa Camara, 56-Axel Fleishli
(35-David Pardo 41)

Misconduct Summary:
CHI: Elliot Borge 19’ (caution), David Caban 57’ (caution)
COL: Idrissa Camara 23’ (caution), Karsten Hanlin 39’ (caution),
Geno Bigelow 49’ (caution)

Colorado Rapids U18 1-1 Chicago Fire U18

A chippy affair which the Fire U18’s dominated in shots
18-6, the home team could only come away with a 1-1 draw.

The Fire struck first in the 25th minute when
winger Emanuel Guzman crossed from the right, finding his counterpart on the
left Arturo Garza, who sent a header to the opposite side netting  to beat Rapids keeper Christopher Couperus.
The goal stood up and took the Fire into halftime at 1-0.

The Fire came out of the break looking to finish off
Colorado but were unable to finish on any of their 10 second half shots.
Couperus made five saves to keep the Fire from tallying again.

The missed chances paid their toll in the 71st
minute when substitute Jesus Ilenanas pounced on a loose ball at the top of the
18 and powered a low right-footed blast past Fire keeper Charlie Lyon.

Looking to respond it was Gutierrez crossing and finding
Garza again in the 85
th minute, but the winger hit the ball off the
Rapids cross bar. A minute later Couperus made a point blank save on Fire
striker Patrick Doody’s effort and the match ended 1-1.

Scoring Summary:

CHI: Arturo Garza (Emanuel Gutierrez) 25’
COL: Jesus Ilenanas 71’

Chicago Fire: 25-Charlie Lyon, 53-Scott Lakin, 49-Mitchell
Albrecht, 56-Billy McGuiness, 62-Michael Enghoffer, 46-Arturo Garza (61-Woj
Wojciech 90+), 57-Oliver Mayer (52-Trevor Wheeler 86), 44-Emanuel Guzman
(47-Patrick Doody 69), 41-Harry Shipp (60-Tyler Engel 63), 54-Chris Prince,
55-Jesse Ortiz (45-Marco Guiterrez 55)

Colorado Rapids 1-Charlie Couperus, 3-David Armstrong,
2-Zachary Bolden, 4-Colton Briscoe, 5-Luke Chapman, 16-Ayrton Chavez (8-Jesus
Ilenanas 63), 7-Max Jafer (12-Jorge Sanchez 46), 9-Carlos Hianes 14-Patrick
Slogic, 15-Drake Stemarx, 37-James Rogers

Misconduct Summary:
CHI: none
COL: Drake Stemarx (caution) 33’, (caution) 39’,

Sunday

Kansas City Wizards
U16 1-0 Chicago Fire U16

The Fire paid the price for not being able to finish, losing
to the Kansas City Wizards 1-0 on a 60
th minute goal from defender
Andrew Brown.

The goal was one of Kansas City’s few chances in the match
and resulted from a scramble in the Fire box, a through ball hit the back of
the leg of one of the Fire defenders and fell to Brown who coolly finished past
Robert Euler.

“Sunday’s game was by far the best match the 16’s have
played all year,” said Academy assistant coach Tony Kees. “We had lots of scoring
chances and our backline played flawlessly but they capitalized on one
opportunity and that was the game. We’re disappointed in the result but the
performance was good, we just need to produce better finishing.”

Scoring Summary:
KC: Andrew Brown 60’

Chicago Fire:  01-Robert Euler, 51-Eduardo Cuautle, 58-Peter
Beasley, 60-Keaton Albert,  59-Luis
Barajas, 56-Elliot Borge, 53-David Caban, 44-Henrik Egly, 45-Drew Conner,
55-Victor Pineda, 54-Mitch Reavis

Kansas City: 1-Jonathan
Kempin, 20-Andrew Brown, 15-Chris Brown, 6-Eric DeJulio, 16-Tarlue Doe, 21-Eric
Hymer, 14-Konner Knoll, 4-Marques Mayoras, 9-Jordan Rideout, Mi17-Nick Row,
2-Derek Schrick

Kansas City Wizards U18 0-4 Chicago Fire U 18

The older Fire Academy team avenged the U16s loss to Kansas
City with an emphatic 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at St. Xavier University.

Playing a depleted Wizards U18 side, the Fire took a 3-0
lead into the half behind goals from Woj Wociech (18
th minute), Tyler
Engel (27
th minute) and Patrick Doody (45th minute).

After the break, the team finished the scoring when Wojciech put Shipp through
in on goal, slipping a ball past Wizards keeper Taylor Vinnage.

Scoring Summary:

CHI: Woj Wojciech (Oliver Mayer) 18’
CHI: Tyler Engel (Harry Shipp) 27’
CHI:  Patrick Doody (Chris Prince) 45+
CHI: Harry Shipp (Woj Wojciech) 57’

Chicago Fire: 25-Charlie Lyon
(1-John Turanchik 85), 49-Mitch Albrecht, 47-Patrick Doody (43-Brian Lunar 85),
60-Tyler Engel (Michael Stankiewicz 85), 62-Michael Enghoffer (52-Trevor
Wheeler 85), 58-Scott Lakin, 57-Oliver Mayer (44-Emanuel Guzman 83), 56-Billy
McGuiness, 54-Chris Prince (59-Connor Holloway 61), 42-Harry Shipp, 61-Woj
Wojciech

Kansas City Wizards:
19-Taylor Vinnage, 12-Tony Adams, 15-Bradley Barclay (22-Mbulunji Mahngo),
6-Ben Coyle, 18-Max Duncan, 13-Austin Esparza, 00-Patrick Foglio (11-Lucas
Throckmorton 46), 20-Andrew Garcia, 0-Rodney Mays, 5-Erik Norburg, 17-Nick Row

Misconduct Summary:
Chicago: none
Kansas City: Andrew Garcia (caution)