CHICAGO (March 10, 2015) – The Chicago Fire defeated Notre Dame 1-0 in a friendly Tuesday afternoon on the Toyota Park Turf Field. Brazilian defender Adailton scored the lone goal of the game in the 22nd minute as the Fire continue their buildup to Opening Day.
The match was an opportunity for Fire reserves and others, like Adailton, who did not feature in the club's season-opening match at LA Galaxy on Friday.
The first chance of the game belonged to Notre Dame in the 19th minute, when midfielder Patrick Hodan put a low shot off the post.
The Fire would find goal three minutes later. After earning a corner, the ball fell to Homegrown midfielder Collin Fernandez, who sent a cross into the box and found the head of Adailton, who snapped his header on goal and past Notre Dame ‘keeper Brian Talcott for the lone goal of the match.
Notre Dame finished the opening 45 minutes with a flourish in front of Jon Busch's goal, but the Fire snuffed out their opponent's chances and went on to post the clean sheet in front of Alec Kann in the second half.
Among those in the Starting XI for the Irish was defender Michael Shipp, younger brother of former Notre Dame standout and Fire Homegrown product Harry Shipp.
The Men in Red next welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to Toyota Park for Opening Day presented by Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Saturday, March 14 at 5 p.m. CT (Comcast SportsNet Chicago/ESPN Deportes 97.5 FM). Tickets for the match are available here and via Ticketmaster. The first 5,000 fans in the stadium will receive a 2015 magnet schedule courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Chicago Fire 1 – 0 Notre Dame
Chicago Fire: Jon Busch (Alec Kann 45’); Kingsley Bryce*, Adailton, Patrick Doody, Greg Cochrane; Alex, Matt Polster, Michael Stephens, Collin Fernandez (Andrew Gutman^ 58’); Guly do Prado (Ryan Sierakowski^ 65’), Shahdon Winchester**
*MLS SuperDraft Pick
^Chicago Fire Academy Player
Notre Dame: Brian Talcott (Chris Hubbard 45’), Michael Shipp, Brandon Aubrey, Mark Mishu (Patrick Berneski 45’), Max Lachowecki (Lojek 68’), Patrick Hodan, Oliver Harris (Townes 45’), Connor Klekota, Evan Panken, Mark Gormley (Jon Gallagher 30’), Jeffrey Farina (Kyle Dedrick 60’)
CHI - Adailton (Collin Fernandez) 19’