The Fire are undefeated in 2017 Pre-season. They have played three exhibition friendly matches and have won all three of them. They defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 1-0, the Philadelphia Union 1-0 and the Montreal Impact 4-1. So given these results is it time to start hoping for a Fire Inferno in their 20th season? Or will these results be followed by a sputtering flame once the regular season begins? Pre-season is just that, a way for coaches and players to adapt their playing style, get to know the new guys and improve match fitness. So do we put all our fan hopes on a few pre-season results? In 2016 The Fire were undefeated in pre-season but still finished last in the regular season. So when you look at that statistic pre-season results don’t mean that much.

But this is a new look Fire, one that was built in the off-season to be winners. New designated player Nemanja Nickolic has already made a great impression on Fire fans, scoring two goals and assisting two others and could have had more had the goals not been waived off. New acquisition Dax McCarty scored a beautiful golozo in the Impact game. The Fire scored two goals and forced an own goal all before the 20th minute. New goal Keeper Rodrigo Bava made some key saves to keep the Impact from scoring from the run of play, with the only opposition goal coming from a penalty kick. In the three matches the Fire have looked like a different team, possessing the ball better and pushing the attack. On the defensive side they have yet to concede a goal from the run of play.

The Fire will have three more matches to get formations and lineups right before the season opener against the Columbus Crew. They will take on Miami FC on Sunday February 16, Cincinnati FC on Wednesday February 22, before finishing up against Toronto FC on Saturday February 25. The Toronto game should be the greatest test for the Fire. A result in that match could have Fans jumping up and down shouting Fire Fire Fire.


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