Aston Villa Douses the Chicago Fire 1-0

Chicago Fire fans got a glimpse of players that they seldom get to see play against Aston Villa.

In the international friendly, reserves such as Corben Bone, Rafael Robayo and Orr Barouch received some much-needed playing time. They started alongside, among others, Marco Pappa and Alex, the newcomer from Brazil.

Jay Nolly also started for the Fire as the goalkeeper. It was his first game since tearing his Achilles.

For Alex, this game should prove to be beneficial as he is still getting acclimated to his Fire teammates. For the rest of the reserves, they received an in-game experience that may prove vital in case an injury strikes the team going forward.

After the game, Fire coach Frank Klopas acknowledged the obvious about his unusual first 11.

“It was an opportunity for some guys to continue to have some rhythm. Since we don’t have a league this week, obviously an opportunity for some other players to get 45 min...

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