Matchday: 9/20

Today's another busy day in the world of soccer as there are several very high quality matches going on, even as I type this entry.

Some of the more marquee matchups include Manchester United v. Manchester City (7:30 a.m. on Setanta Sports), Chelsea v. Tottenham (10 a.m. on FSC) and of course Fire v. Crew (2 p.m. on My50/Telefutura).  Click here for a look at all of today's matches on TV.

I'll be checking in from Toyota Park later on in the day with some updates on the Fire-Crew match, but until then feel free to comment on any match you may be watching.


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  • Hey everyone, there's only an hour left til kick off at Toyota Park and I have the Fire's starting 11 for you. Here it is:

    GK: Busch
    DEF: Banner, Brown, Conde, Prideaux
    MID: Rolfe, Pause, Lowry, Pappa
    FWD: McBride, Blanco

    No word yet on who is on the Fire's bench. Should be interesting to see whether or not John Thorrington will make it into the 18 today. John's been struggling with a quadriceps injury and will hopefully be returning soon.

    I'll get the Crew's lineup and the Fire's bench posted as soon as I hear what they are.

  • The Fire's bench and the Crew's lineup are in. Here they are.

    Fire Bench:

    Dykstra, Robinson, Washington, Husidic, Mapp, Carr, Nyarko


    GK: Hesmer
    DEF: Hejduk, Iro, Padula,
    MID: Ekpo, Brunner, Carroll, O'Rourke, Rogers
    FWD: Schelotto, Moreno


    Schoeni, Zayner, Burns, Gaven, Oughton, Lenhart, Renteria

    So, no Thorrington on the bench for the Fire and no Gaven in the starting lineup for the Crew.

  • One matchup that sticks out when looking at the lineups is Brandon Prideaux vs. Robbie Rogers. Rogers brings decent pace down the wing and it will be interesting to see if Prideaux will be able to keep up with the much-younger Rogers.

  • 6th --


    Great start to the match for the Fire as Lowry nets an early opener. The play started with a great give and go between Brandon Prideaux and Blanco on the right wing. Eventually Prideaux crossed it into the middle, finding the right foot of Brian McBride who laid it off to Lowry for a one touch blast to the left post.

    Very nice buildup to that goal. Will the Fire be able to hold the lead though?

  • 30th --

    The Fire is looking very good. They are continuing to create very good chances and should have actually scored on a couple of occasions. Blanco has been fantastic so far, he's really setting up his teammates well.

  • 35th --


    Peter pounces on a failed Eric Brunner clearance and drills his right footed shot home from practically the same spot as his first goal. 2-0 Fire. Great first half for the team and an even better first half for Lowry.

  • 55th --


    Rogers beats Prideaux to a loose ball on the left sideline, then gets by Prideaux before firing a cross into the box that finds the head of Schelotto who flicks it home. 2-1 Fire.

  • 63rd --

    Fire substitution as Mapp comes in for Blanco. Temo looked to be limping as he left the field. I'll try and figure out his status after the game.

  • 68th --

    The Crew make a couple of attacking substitutions, inserting Lenhart for Iro and Gaven for Ekpo.

  • 79th --

    The Crew tie it up with a penalty kick goal from Schelotto. Not sure where the foul was on that one... Crew got a bit lucky. 2-2.

  • 83rd --

    Nyarko in for Pappa

  • 87th --

    Renteria comes on for Schelotto

    Carr comes on for Lowry. Good day for Peter out there.

  • Final --

    It was a tale of two halves at Toyota Park this afternoon as the Fire stormed out to a 2-0 first half lead before seeing the Crew tie it up with 2 second half goals of their own. I'll have a full match report up later on but until then, share any thoughts you have on the game here.

  • so the fire give up to goals again...why can't they hold out for a win.

  • The penalty was a joke and should have been a foul on Lenhart.

  • Gosh. They looked so good in the first half. Moving the ball around, holding possession, scoring goals. The penalty was rubbish but Nyarko should have finished. I pray for a trip to Seattle that motivates McBride and Blanco to hang around one more year.

  • Another sign of proof that MLS have the worst refs in any sport. These guys are BLIND!!!!!! ANd even worst, horrible judgement call from a person who doesn't realize his place in the events of the end of the season.

    More than an apology needs to be handed out.

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