Calvin Harris, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, poked home the game-winner in the 78th minute. The goal was originally waived off with an offside call, but the head referee overruled his assistant and gave the Wake Forest product his due reward for following up a Brandon Vazquez cross.
FC Cincinnati’s other goal arrived in the 35th minute through Luciano Acosta, who collected a lofted through ball from Kamohelo Mokotjo before cutting onto his left foot and curling home. Acosta and Brenner, the club’s two marquee offseason signings, both started for head coach Jaap Stam's team. Per the broadcast, Jurgen Locadia was out with a small knock.
FC Cincinnati made near-wholesale changes around the hour mark, with everyone but midfield trialist Kyle Scott coming off. The former US youth international is currently with Newcastle, but hasn’t carved out a first-team role and is looking to land in MLS.
- 15 – CHI – Boris Sekulic
- 35' – CIN – Luciano Acosta
- 78' – CIN – Calvin Harris
Chicago Fire FC (4-2-3-1, right to left): Bobby Shuttleworth – Boris Sekulic, Wyatt Omsberg, Jonathan Bornstein, Miguel Angel Navarro – Gaston Gimenez, Johan Kappelhof – Ignacio Aliseda, Luka Stojanovic, Przemyslaw Frankowski – Robert Beric
FC Cincinnati (4-3-3, right to left): Tyton – Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Tom Pettersson, Zico Bailey – Kamohelo Mokotjo, Yuya Kubo, Luciano Acosta – Alvaro Barreal, Brenner, Franko Kovacevic