The Chicago Fire looked sharp in the first half of its pre-season scrimmage vs. the Kansas City Wizards, with Patrick Nyarko scoring twice to give the Fire a 2-0 lead. The lead wouldn't last in the second half though, as the Wizards' pounced on a Fire lineup mainly consisting of reserves, scoring three unanswered goals to post a 3-2 vitory in pre-season action in Bradenton, Florida.
Aaron Hohlbein started the second half comeback with a 49th minute header off a Kevin Souter cross before Davy Arnaud converted a penalty kick drawn by Graham Zusi to tie the score at 2-2 in the 53rd minute.
Zusi helped set up the winner as well, providing the corner kick for Wizards defender Rashaun McKenzie to head home to make the final score 3-2.
Nyarko opened the scoring in the first half by finishing off a pass from Roland Paul Bebey Kingue in the 38th minute. Just two minutes later, Nyarko made it 2-0 with an impressive individual effort that saw him beat a pair of defenders before scoring from 18-yards out.
Both teams were missing several players who were with their respective national teams.
Here were the starting lineups:
For those of you wondering, the KC right winger is Hungarian trialist Ferenc Beres.
Any early thoughts? Once again, it's just the second pre-season match for both teams, but seeing Nyarko and Zusi have impacts early on has to be seen as promising for both teams.