The Chicago Fire enjoyed a productive day in its first action of the preseason against an MLS opponent as the Men in Red won and tied against the New York Red Bulls in a doubleheader at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Marco Pappa tallied his second goal of the preseason to erase Red Bull midfielder Joel Lindpere’s first half strike as Carlos de los Cobos’ first choice side drew 1-1 with its Eastern Conference foe. Trialing striker Orr Barouch impressed in the morning fixture, scoring four goals in 90 minutes up top for the Fire in a 4-2 victory to kickoff the day.
The Red Bulls took the lead in the 18th minute when Lindpere collected the ball outside of the box and fired a low driven shot past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and into the right corner of the net.
Trailing 1-0, the Fire pulled level just eight minutes into the second half. Patrick Nyarko dribbled to the endline and sent an angled cross to a wide-open Marco Pappa, who effectively took a touch and buried the ball into the back of the net from six yards out. Pappa scored his second goal in as many games during the club’s preseason camp in the Sunshine State.
The Fire had an opportunity to sweep the New York side on the day when Nyarko was fouled in the area by Red Bull defender Rafa Marquez. Pappa stepped to the spot to give the Fire the lead, however, Red Bull ‘keeper Bouna Condoul guessed correctly and stymied the Guatemalan’s effort.
In game one, a Fire lineup made mostly of trialists, used three first half goals from Barouch and one more at the end of the match to pace the side past Red Bull 4-2. Barouch tallied on a 2nd minute penalty kick, finished a low cross from Yoximar in the 30th, before chesting down another centering pass from tryout winner Pari Pantazopoulos in the 42nd and ended the scoring with a feed from Jason Herrick in the 90th minute.
Red Bull equalized shortly after Barouch’s first goal with a free kick from midfielder John Rooney in the 9th minute while rookie Corey Hertzog pulled things within one from the penalty spot in the 68th minute
The team will wrap up their time in Florida when they take on Seattle Sounders FC at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL on Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 PM CT. The match is FREE and open to the public.
Game One Summary:
Chicago Fire: Jon Conway; Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Michael Muniz 69’), Mike Videira (Shane Clarke 68’), Pari Pantazopoulos; Marko Maric, Yoximar (Corben Bone 62’), Martin Rivas, Nabil Taider, Davis Paul; Jason Herrick (Kwame Obeng Darko 46’, Jason Herrick 82’), Orr Barrouch
New York Red Bulls: Jimmy Maurer (Alex Horwath 46’); Stephen Keel, Carlos Mendes (Sacir Hot 46’), Tyler Lassiter, Teddy Schneider (Conor Chinn 81’); Corey Hertzog, Matt Kassel (Irving Garcia 46’), John Rooney, Austin da Luz; Salou Ibrahim, Conor Chinn (Marcos Paulio 46’)
CHI – Orr Barouch (penalty kick) 2’
NY – John Rooney (free kick) 9’
CHI – Orr Barouch (Yoximar) 30’
CHI – Orr Barouch (Pari Pantazopoulos) 42’
NY – Corey Hertzog (penalty kick) 68’
CHI – Orr Barouch (Jason Herrick, Davis Paul) 90’
Game Two Summary:
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Jalil Anibaba, Josip Mikulic, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares (Michael Muniz 84’); Patrick Nyarko, Baggio Husidic, Logan Pause, Daniel Paladini (Marco Pappa 46’); Gabriel Ferrari (Mike Videira 71’), Gaston Puerari (Bratislav Ristic 59’)
New York Red Bulls: Greg Sutton (Bouna Condoul 46’); Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 46’), Tim Ream, Rafael Marquez, Teemu Tainio (Chris Albright 46’); Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere, Mehdi Ballouchy, Jan Gunnar Solli; Juan Agudelo, Thierry Henry (Dane Richards 59’)
NY – Joel Lindpere (unassisted) 18’
CHI – Marco Pappa (Patrick Nyarko) 53’