The Fire played their fourth and final preseason game in Orlando on Saturday morning, sharing the spoils against Orlando City, 2-2.
The Fire have been training in Florida for the last month, during which they played four preseason matches. With the draw against The Lions, the Fire finished the Florida phase of the preseason with two wins, one draw, and one loss.
Przemyslaw Frankowski got the Fire off on the right foot in the third minute as he actually used his right foot to score a banger from 20 yards out.
But Orlando grew into the game and responded with a goal of their own in the 25th minute. Chris Mueller — a native of Schaumburg — equalized for the hosts. There were few chances of note in the latter part of the first half with the teams entering the break level.
The Fire regained the lead just ten minutes after halftime with Luka Stojanović heading home a low cross from Frankowski.
It was great to see Stojanović score a goal as he missed most of last season due to an MCL tear. Six months in and the Serbian midfielder is looking healthy and sharp.
As was too often the story last season, the Fire could not hold down the lead. Orlando City equalized for the second time just ten minutes after Stojanović’s goal as Benji Michel put one home from close range, easing the ball in with his left foot.
That would be the last goal of the game with both teams ending the match with two goals apiece.
The Fire will continue preseason action from the comforts of home. The team heads back to Chicago for a pair of final tune-up matches next week before regular-season action commences.
USL League One affiliate Forward Madison comes to town for a 12 PM CT kickoff on Wednesday, April 7th. Then the Vancouver Whitecaps visit for an 11:30 AM CT kickoff on Saturday, April 10th.
Both games will be played at the Fire’s previous home, SeatGeek Stadium, and will be available to stream for free on the Fire’s team website for those living within 75 miles of Soldier Field.