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T&T vs Chicago Fire (U-21) - 13-Feb-2006
Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:25

Chicago Fire defeat T&T U-21's 1-0.
Chicago Fire Media Relations.

A goal from rookie forward Calen Carr would be all the Chicago Fire would need to stay undefeated in preseason play, as the club registered its third shutout in four contests in defeating the Trinidad & Tobago Under-21 National Team 1-0 Monday afternoon at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Carr, the Fire's first round selection in last month's MLS SuperDraft, scored his first goal of the preseason in the 56th minute off assists from fellow rookie Jeremy Ashe and forward Will Johnson to give the "Men in Red" a lead that would rarely be challenged. With the win, Chicago moved its record to 3-0-1 during the Bradenton portion of the preseason schedule with one match remaining, a Thursday tilt against the Columbus Crew.
The match was played in three 30-minute periods, and the first stanza was wide open but provided few chances for either side. The first clear chance of the match came 14 minutes in when Fire midfielder Brian Plotkin finished a short run with a low effort from 20 yards out that bounced a few feet wide of the right post. Trinidad & Tobago would settle in midway through the half and create some chances of their own, with a Kevin Crooks shot from 20 yards that sailed over the crossbar being the Soca Warriors' most dangerous opportunity of the opening half hour. Chicago nearly got on the board in the 29th minute when Fire midfielder Bushy Moletsane got clear to the right endline and sent a cross towards the penalty spot, but Carr's header off the trialist's pass was directed straight at Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Haseley Holder, who gathered easily to keep the match scoreless.
The Fire's offensive attack would be more assertive in the middle half hour, putting together rush after rush on the T & T goal. However, few of the chances would get put on frame, as midfielder Floyd Franks' 12-yard effort in the 34th minute and carbon-copy chances from Johnson and Carr in the 41st and 42nd minutes would all be pushed wide of the goal. The Soca Warriors nearly took the lead against the run of play in the 49th minute when Kevon Neaves crushed a 40-yard effort that had eyes for the goal, but Fire netminder David Mahoney was alert and did well to leap and get a hand to the ball, tipping it over the crossbar to keep the match scoreless. The second period featured the preseason debut of Fire defender Tony Sanneh, who put in 30 minutes as the center back on the Fire's three-man backline during his first action of the spring.
The Fire would get the eventual winning goal four minutes before the second intermission on a play that started with Johnson taking the ball on a 25-yard run across the middle of the field before finding Ashe on the right flank. Ashe, who entered the match in the previous minute in place of an injured Franks, did well on his first touch of the contest, sending a cross into the six-yard box. Carr would beat a defender to the ball and re-directed it with his right foot past Holder to put the Fire on top 1-0.
The third segment of the match would see the Fire hold the bulk of the possession against a tiring Trinidad & Tobago side. The Soca Warriors would have their chances, however, most notably in the 70th minute when forward Gorian Highley ran onto a long cross towards the back left post. Highley's shot was headed for the lower left corner of goal, but Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton dove low to his right to thwart the chance at the base of the goal to keep the clean sheet for Chicago. Fire forward Chad Barrett had two good chances to double the Fire advantage in the final 30 minutes, but his flashing header from nine yards out missed just left in the 69th minute while a low-angle effort from 10 yards out careened into the left side netting six minutes later. The match's final 15 minutes were uneventful, with the exception of Trinidad defender Makan Hislop picking up his second caution of the match after a studs up challenge on a 50-50 ball in the 80th minute, resulting in his expulsion from the contest.

Scoring Summary:
CHI - Calen Carr 1 (Jeremy Ashe 2, Will Johnson 1) 56

Fire Line-up (3-5-2):
Matt Pickens (David Mahoney 31) (Zach Thornton 61); Idris Ughiovhe (C.J. Brown 31) (Ezra Prendergast 61), Jack Stewart (Tony Sanneh 31) (Jeff Curtin 61) (Jack Stewart 73), Jordan Russolillo (Gonzalo Segares 31) (Dasan Robinson 61); Bushy Moletsane (Andy Herron 61), Logan Pause (Richard Mupfudze 61), Scott Buete (Jared Montz 61), Brian Plotkin (Floyd Franks 31) (Jeremy Ashe 55), Ivan Guerrero (Leonard Griffin 46); Calen Carr (Chad Barrett 61), Andy Rosenband (Will Johnson 31).

Trinidad & Tobago U-21 Line-up (4-4-2):
Hasley Holder (Shean Warner 61); Carlon Murray (Colin Kirk 31) (Randi Patterson 61), Makan Hislop (Carlon Murray 80), Yohance Marshall, Aklie Edwards; Hayden Tinto (Abiola Sandy 31) (Hayden Tinto 61), Khaleem Highland (Kendall Jagdeosingh 31), Josimar Belgrave (Kezi Lara 31), Kevon Neaves; Randi Patterson (Shane Calderon 31), Kevin Crooks (Gorian Highley 31).

Discipline Summary:
CHI - C.J. Brown (caution) 57
TRI - Makan Hislop (caution) 73
TRI - Makan Hislop (ejection, second caution) 80.
TT U-21 National Team 0 v Chicago Fire (MLS) 1

Lincoln Phillips quotes:
1) On the overall performance of the team: "Evenly contested match. Our intent on scheduling games against the two MLS teams on this tour was to expose our players to a faster pace. Chicago provided just that and our boys did quite well."

Highlights and standout players:
2) "Kevon Neaves was a cut above. The time he spent with the senior team sharpened his overall play and he unleashed a shot in the 2nd period that required a tremendous save from the Chicago keeper. He was one of the better players on field" "Makan Hislop was a rock in the central defense" "Both myself and Coach LaForest were pleased with the overall play of the team on its first outing. We were particularly pleased with our ability to possess the ball in the 3rd period. The last 30 minutes was a good point to build upon." "Gorian Highley was a spark when he came on in the 2nd period and showed the best among the forwards today"

Upcoming events:
3) "Our upcoming games against the Saratoga FC, University of South Florida, Kansas City Wizards, and the US U17 National Team will present excellent opportunities to see all 23 players in action." "The game against Saratoga FC tomorrow will feature a couple of potential candidates who are from T&T who we would like to see and the game will provide an excellent opportunity to evaluate them"

Ron LaForest quotes:
4) "I was very pleased at the character the players showed after the tough travel day. Because of flight delays, we didn't get in our rooms until midnight and to train for 90 minutes this morning and then play on the same level with a good professional team shows this team has a lot of character and I am happy to build from this point."


1st Period: 30 min

Thorne Holder, Carlon Murray, Makan Hislop, Yohance Marshall, Akile Edwards, Hayden Tinto, Kareem Hyland, Josimar Belgrave, Kevon Neaves, Kevin Crooks, Randi Patterson.

2nd Period- 30 min

Thorne Holder, Colin Kirk, Makan Hislop, Yohance Marshall, Akile Edwards, Hayden Tinto, Kendall Jadeosingh, Kezi Lara, Kevon Neaves, Gorian Highley, Shane Calderon.

3rd period- 30 min

Thorne Holder, Yohance Marshall, Makan Hislop, Akile Edwards, Kendall Jadeosingh, Hayden Tinto, Kevon Neaves, Kezi Lara, Gorian Highley, Shane Calderon, Randi Patterson.

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