Nyarko brace not enough for Fire in Bradenton
Chicago Fire Media Relations
Patrick Nyarko scored both of the Fire’s goals against the Wizards on Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla. (Getty Images)
BRADENTON, FLA. — The Chicago Fire fell to the Kansas City Wizards 3-2 in a preseason scrimmage Wednesday at the IMG Academies facility in Bradenton, Fla. Forward Patrick Nyarko scored both goals for the Fire.
In the 38th minute, Roland Paul Bebey Kingue served a ball from deep in the right corner into the box and Nyarko placed a header past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to record the first goal of the match.
Nyarko doubled the lead in the 40th minute as he fought through the Kansas City defense and slipped a goal past Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
Kansas City scored their first goal in the 49th minute as Michael Harrington made a run up the left flank, eventually earning a corner kick. Kevin Souter put the ball into the area, and Aaron Hohlbein headed the ball into the net.
The Wizards leveled the score in the 53rd minute as Davy Arnaud placed a penalty kick in the left corner of the net.
The Wizards’ third goal came in the 63rd minute. Zusi played a corner kick into the area, and McKenzie hit a header just under the bar for his 2nd goal of the game and a 3-2 Kansas City lead that held until the final whistle.
The Fire will next face the Puerto Rican Islanders on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. CT in Bradenton, Fla.
Chicago Fire: GK-Nick Noble (Andrew Dykstra 45, Tyler Kettering 60), D-Brandon Prideaux (Roland Paul Bebey Kingue 45, Marco Calic 70), D-Bakary Soumare (Ramos Dyoub 45), D-Dasan Robinson (CJ Brown 45, Igor Lozo 70), D-Gonzalo Segares (Tim Ward 45), M-Marco Pappa (Austin Washington 45), M-Logan Pause (Anton Peterlin 45), M-Baggio Husidic (Peter Lowry 45, Idrissa Kone 70), M-Justin Mapp (Michel Mongue 45, Alfonso Rippa 70), F-Patrick Nyarko (Richard Jata 45), F-Brian McBride (Stefan Dimitrov 45).
Kansas City Wizards: Kevin Hartman (Boris Pardo 46); Jonathan Leathers (Chance Myers 60), Jimmy Conrad (Rauwshan McKenzie 46), Aaron Hohlbein, Michael Harrington (Matt Besler 60); Ferenc Beres, Kevin Souter (Lance Watson 60), Davy Arnaud (Kurt Morsink 60), Claudio Lopez (Graham Zusi 46); Abe Thompson (Nelson Pizarro 60), Josh Wolff (Michael Kraus 46).
CHI – Patrick Nyarko (Roland Paul Bebey Kingue) 38′
CHI – Patrick Nyarko (UA) 40′
KC – Aaron Hohlbein (Michael Harrington) 49′
KC – Davy Arnaud (PK) 53′
KC – Rauwshan McKenzie (Graham Zusi) 63′