To borrow a line from Chicago Fire play-by-play man Tyler Terens, Álvaro Medrán was, indeed, feeling it on a Wednesday afternoon in Bridgeview. Medrán’s goal very early in the first half would prove to be the winner, as the Fire beat USL League One side Forward Madison 2-0 in a preseason tune up.
That first goal came in the third minute, after a Luka Stojanović corner kick bounced around the box before landing at Medrán’s feet, who beautifully put it away. The Fire would comfortably hold that 1-0 lead for the remainder of the first half. At times, though, Chicago looked a bit too comfortable, playing flat and sluggish against the lower division side. There were a few nice combinations—especially down the right from new signings Jhon Espinoza and Chinonso Offor—but the team appeared somewhat stale overall.
Luka + Álvaro is a combo we can get used to pic.twitter.com/jtUpR1V4Bo— Chicago Fire FC (@ChicagoFire) April 7, 2021
The second half saw two new teams, with Fire homegrown Chris Brady switching teams to play in goal for Madison. The Fire would double the lead in the 68th minute, when Brian Gutiérrez beat Brady off a low cross by Miguel Navarro, making it 2-0 Fire.
There was a scary scene late in the match, when Fire midfielder Gastón Giménez was down for a few moments. After a check from the trainers, Giménez was able to walk off. A Giménez injury would be a massive blow for the Fire, but “Tonga” appeared to be OK.
Chicago is back at SeatGeek Stadium for one more preseason match, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CT against the Vancouver Whitecaps. That match will be streamed live at ChicagoFireFC.com for fans watching within a 75 mile radius of Soldier Field.
The MLS regular season begins in 10 days—April 17 at Soldier Field against the New England Revolution (7:30 p.m. CT, WGN-TV). Tickets for that match—the first one in 19 months where fans are able to attend—went on sale to the general public today.