Matchday 10/2: Fire vs. Galaxy

We're just an hour and a half from kickoff at the Home Depot Center and the Fire and the Galaxy should be just about ready to go.  Consider this post your running thread for any comments/thoughts you want to share on tonight's match.  I'll be checking in throughout the 90 minutes in the comments section.  Enjoy the game.

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  • C'mon Fire beat them Gals!!!!!!!!!!

    Stupid football game isn't going to be over in time for first kick.....

  • The game just got underway (thanks Pitt v Louisville...) and here are the starting lineups:

    Fire:
    GK: Busch
    DEF: Banner, Conde, Brown, Prideaux
    MID: Pappa, Lowry, Pause, Mapp
    FWD: McBride, Nyarko

    Bench: Carr, Robinson, Myrie, Washington, Husidic, Dimitrov, Dykstra

    Galaxy:
    GK: Ricketts
    DEF: Franklin, Gonzalez, Berhalter, De La Garza
    MID: Klien, Birchall, Beckham, Lewis
    FWD: Buddle, Donovan

    Bench: Magee, Saunders, Dunivant, Gordon, Kirovski, Jordan, Marshall

  • 19th --

    Rough d by the Fire as they let Donovan hit a free shot from the top of the box. The shot zoomed just wide but Donovan will punish you when he has that kind of time and space...

  • 22nd --

    Galaxy with another great chance as Beckham and Donovan link up to find Chris Klein streaking through the right side of the box. Fortunately for the Fire Klein hit his shot right at Busch but the Galaxy definitely look like they'll be the first to score...

  • 26th --

    Fire with their first real chance of the match as Mapp flashes a ball across the face of the goal. No one on the end of it though, good ball by Mapp.

    And McBride almost puts a long one in. Great strike.

  • 36th --

    Lowry with a shot that nearly gets deflected into the back of the net. Fire has settled in now.

    And Pappa with a good hit from distance after a failed clearance attempt. The Fire is putting Ricketts to the test...

  • 42nd --

    GOAL GALAXY. LANDON DONOVAN.

    The Fire get caught on the counterattack after a corner kick and Donovan makes Chicago pay. Chris Klein hit a long ball over the top for Landon and he used his speed to get by Logan Pause before chipping it over the head of Jon Busch and into the back of the net. 1-0 Gals. Shame really, as the Fire had been getting the best of the Galaxy for the last 10-15 minutes...

  • Halftime: Galaxy 1 - Fire 0

    The first half was an up and down affair that -- for the most part -- was controlled by LA. The Galaxy took the lead in the 42nd minute through Landon Donovan, but they could've gotten two goals from Chris Klein prior to Donovan's strike. The Fire started the half slowly but were eventually able to create a few chances of their own.

    The Fire will need to start the second half off strong and hopefully they can score an early goal. Regardless, it should be very interesting...

  • Good to see Pause doing what he does best today.
    Incessant backpassing and falling over himself allowing the opposition to get a clear shot and a goal.

  • 51st --

    Nyarko with a great play to lay the ball off to Pappa near the top of the 18 but Pappa botches the shot, sending it weakly wide. Gotta hit it with the right foot there Marco...

  • Pappa blows a glorious chance because he has NO right foot.

  • Donovan nearly gets his second after Beckham slips him in behind but Landon's shot goes over the bar. Good recovery from CJ Brown on the play.

  • 59th --

    LA with some tantalizing inter play in and around the box but Sean Franklin ends it with a relatively weak shot. Great passing from the Galaxy though.

  • 64th --

    Carr coming in for Lowry. Like the move by Denis here. Carr should open up the game a little bit for the Fire.

  • 65th --

    Nyarko almost steals a goal for the Fire, but his end line chip can't quite slip inside the back post. I'm loving how hard Nyarko is working tonight. He does need to learn how to stay onside though...

  • 67th --

    LA makes their first change as Mike Magee comes on for Chris Klein.

  • 73rd --

    Jordan comes on for Eddie Lewis. LA with one sub remaining.

  • 75th --

    LA comes so close to doubling their lead through Donovan. Landon found the ball at his feet after it bounced around following a Galaxy corner and he half volleyed a shot that Jon Busch did well to keep out. Well done by Busch.

  • 78th --

    Husidic comes on for Conde. Conde was subbed off after he went down for the umpteenth time tonight, hopefully he'll be ok as the Fire need his presence in the back.

  • 79th --

    Magee with a great ball to the spot where a streaking Jordan ran onto it. Fortunately for the Fire, Jordan botched the chance, but he really should have put it away.

  • 82nd --

    Dimitrov comes on for Justin Mapp. Looks like the Fire will be going with three forwards from here on out.

  • 85th --

    Fire with an indirect free kick inside the box that ends in quite a bit of controversy. It appeared that a Fire player touched the ball, which was then reset as a Galaxy player had ran at the ball too early. However, it wasn't blown dead and Mike Magee ran towards the ball and took it away, ending the Fire's chance. Big time waste on that one.

    87th --

    Beckham with an absolute blast from distance that Busch does really well to keep out. Busch has played a very good game.

  • 89th --

    McBride chips a ball to an inexplicably unmarked Pappa at the back post but Marco puts his chance wide. Should have done better, he was likely a bit surprised the ball got to him...

    90th --

    Fire free kick from 22. Banner takes it and it deflects off the wall for a corner.

  • Stoppage time --

    Fire almost equalize but -- agonizingly -- they can't put the ball in the back of the net. Dimitrov had the best look, but he wasn't able to get enough on his touch and couldn't roll the ball over the end line.

  • Final: Galaxy 1 - Fire 0

    That was a tough one. The Fire fall to the Galaxy after a hard fought 90 minutes that really, should have seen the Fire equalize towards the end. I'll have a full match report up later but until then, feel free to share any thoughts you had about the match below.

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