Chicago Fire Soccer Club Falls 1-0 To New England Revolution In Desert Diamond Cup Action
TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2014) – The Chicago Fire fell 1-0 to the New England Revolution Wednesday afternoon in the Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament. The Revolution’s Kelyn Rowe scored the only goal of the match in second half stoppage time as the Fire dropped their first game in seven preseason matches.
The Fire’s best chance came in the 33rd minute when Dilly Duka raced down the left flank and found Jeff Larentowicz in front of goal. With a sliding volley, Larentowicz’s shot looked destined for goal but Revolution ‘keeper Brad Knighton got a palm to it and batted it away.
Rowe would notch the only goal of the match in the 91st minute after a give-and-go with Diego Fagundez.
The Fire nearly pulled one back immediately following the goal but Quincy Amarikwa’s shot clanged off the cross bar as the match ended 1-0 in the Revolution’s favor.
Despite the loss, the Fire finished first in the group stages and have advanced to the championship match of the Desert Diamond Cup, where they will face the Chivas de Guadalajara Development Team on Saturday, March 1 at a time to be determined. Tickets for the match are available here.
Single game tickets to the Fire’s 17 MLS Regular Season home matches and to the July 26 international friendly against Barclay’s Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur FC are now available via Ticketmaster and www.Chicago-Fire.com.
Chicago Fire 0 – 1 New England Revolution
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson (Kyle Reynish 46’); Lovel Palmer (Thomas Piermayr* 46’), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Steven Kinney 46’), Bakary Soumare (Patrick Ianni 46’), Gonzalo Segares (Hunter Jumper 46’); Jeff Larentowicz © (Logan Pause 46’); Benji Joya (Victor Pineda 46’), Alex (Yazid Atouba 46’), Harry Shipp (Giuseppe Gentile 46’), Dilly Duka (Marco Franco 46’); Juan Luis Anangono (Quincy Amarikwa 46’)
Substitutes Not Used: Alec Kann, Parker Walsh*
*- Guest Player
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton, Donnie Smith (Chris Tierney 61), Jossimar Sanchez, Darrius Barnes (A.J. Soares 61), O’Brian Woodbine (Jose Goncalves 61, Darrius Barnes 63) , Andy Dorman (Gorka Larrea 46, Shalrie Joseph 61, Gorka Larrea 75), Dimitry Imbongo (Jamel Johnson 46, Diego Fagundez 61), Steve Neumann, Alec Sundly (Kelyn Rowe 61), Pierre Omanga (Patrick Mullins 61), Jerry Bengtson (Teal Bunbury 61)
Substitutes Not Used: Luis Soffner, Paolo DelPiccolo, Daigo Kobayashi
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Diego Fagundez) 91’
CHI – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution) 34’