Originally written on Total MLS  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Chicago Fire had their second bye week in the first 5 weeks of the season this weekend. Although the Fire didn't play an MLS match, there was plenty to talk about, as the team took on the University of Louisville squad in a friendly at the Fire's Toyota Park practice pitch. Chicago won the game, but most of the talk of the day surrounded German international Arne Friedrich making his Fire playing debut. Chicago dominated possession and the pace of the game throughout most of the match, and midfielder Marco Pappa scored the only goal the Fire would need with a nice 12th minute strike. After Federico Puppo saw his shot blocked at the top of the 18, Pappa stepped in, collected the ball, and struck a perfectly placed shot into the upper 90, out of reach of Louisville GK Zach Torp. The goal would turn out to be all Chicago needed, in a match that saw Frank Klopas utilize 21 players.Perhaps the bigger story of the day, however, was the debut of defender Arne Friedrich. The 32-...
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