The Starting 11 for the Fire :
GK Andrew Dykstra
D Kryzstof Krol
D Wilman Conde
D CJ Brown
D Dasan Robinson
M Patrick Nyarko
M Marco Pappa
M Peter Lowry
M Baggio Husidic
M Justin Mapp
F Collins John
2010 Regular Season
DC United, Fire
Subs : McBride, Umanzor, Bone, Banner, Watson-Siriboe, Dimitrov, Johnson
De Los Cobos sticks with Robinson after he sees practice time with the first team during the week and grants the wish of some commentors by benching McBride.
Say what you will about De Los Cobos so far, but he is certainly not hesitant to continue making moves until he finds the line up he likes.
What good comes from benching McBride? Hes not a game changer that can come off the bench and spark the offense and make the game wide open. Starting him and bringing in John in the 60th minute would be a better move...
haha, let's all point and laugh at joe. joe, that's why you're not the coach.
29' - Mapp forces a corner kick
The dreaded 4-5-1...
31' - James narrowly misses on a header
32' - Nyarko dribbles around the DC defense and Husidic can't get the ball on frame
Fire starting to get more dangerous as Mapp and Pappa run into each other in the box and Lowry gets a shot on net seconds later.
0-0 at half time. I thought the Fire was slightly better than DC throughout. Excellent first 45 minutes for Justin Mapp. When was the last time you heard that?
LA last year, played a great first half, then played worse than usual in the 2nd...
Note to Comcast : Everybody in the city knows the outcome of the Cubs, Sox, and Bulls games today. How about getting someone in the studio who knows something about soccer during half time?
At least they did show a soccer scoreboard. Of course they did not even include the other MLS games on the scoreboard. Sheesh.
50' - So we get a replay on a soft header by DC but we didn't get a replay on the missed handball call in the box against DC in the first half.
53' - Pappa fires from long range again unnecessarily.
80' - GOAL!!! Pappa with the left foot on a chance created by Nyarko's efforts.
89' - GOAL!!! McBride with the header on the long ball from Dykstra. Wow. DC is officially....BAD!
Full time. The Fire win 2-0!!
Your Galaxy 2-1 prediction right on the money. Buddle's two goal (Messi like) and Beckerman's goal.
HIGH POINTS: Mapp played very well tonight, Conde is a beast, Krol needs to be our starting left back, Baggio played pretty well, Nyarko is a huge threat on the outside
LOW POINTS: Dasan didnt look good to me, Pappa doesnt look as good as I remembered, Dykstra still looks scarred out there and is shaky on EVERY shot that comes in
Overall the dreaded 4-5-1 looked pretty good tonight. If they play like this in a 4-5-1 then I wont mind it. Krol was up and down that left side and did all he could to solidify that left side of defense. Mapp played his best game in at least a year and a half. If he can keep that up then DLC will have to start making some tough decisions in the coming weeks. Good win.
Nyarko made that 4-5-1 work today but I'd prefer not to see it very often since the Fire midfield still does not provide adequate enough service to consistently play one forward alone.
I missed the first 56 minutes of the games due to technical issues with Comcast where I live. When I heard McBride was on the bench, I was scratching my head on why he did not start. Finally, Mapp played well for once; he makes 200,000 a year to produce. A confidence builder for the Fire and hope De Los Cobos to make some adjustments as the season goes along. From now on I want to see these kind of lineup out there (no Pause please) GO FIRE!!!!
9' - John almosts chips Perkins
12' - Lowry misses just wide. When was the last time we saw a Fire defensive mid with a dangerous chance?
16' - Mapp with a nice defensive manuever.
21' - Nyarko just over the bar with his left foot.
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