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.
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 1st 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 39th minute.
Colorado took more control of the game in the second half but Fire keeper Zak Allen was equal to everything including a 71st 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 74th minute. Euler helped preserve the shutout in combination with Allen, making one save in reserve.
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)
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 85th 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.
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
COL: Drake Stemarx (caution) 33’, (caution) 39’,
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 60th 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.”
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 (18th minute), Tyler
Engel (27th 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.
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
Kansas City: Andrew Garcia (caution)