Fire vs FC Dallas Game Recap and Player Ratings

The Fire continued their increasingly frustrating habit of dropping points at home.  This 1-1 draw against FC Dallas opens up more questions and problems for Carlos De Los Cobos and Frank Klopas.  The first half saw the Fire control possesion and create more opportunities than FC Dallas.  The second half was controlled by the Hoops although neither team played particularly well. 

The Fire could have easily scored three goals in the first half.  Mike Banner missed an absolute sitter on a cross from Justin Mapp and Baggio Husidic had a header deflected away on a cross from Mike Banner.  The lone goal scored by Brian McBride on a beautiful ball from Justin Mapp easily could have been called offsides.  FC Dallas also had two scores nullified by offsides calls.

De Los Cobos decided to start a 4-4-2 line-up with Patrick Nyarko and Brian McBride up top.  Mapp started on the left wing while Banner began on the right.  Baggio Husidic and Logan Pause manned the central midfield. 

The line-up changed in the 57th minute when Justin Mapp was subbed out for Collins John.  Mapp was probably the Fire's most effective crosser and playmaker in the first half so the change was curious.  "I thought Mapp was tiring" said De Los Cobos after the match.  When asked if he was tired at the time of the substitution, Mapp responded "No, I felt alright.  I wasn't any more tired than the anyone else out there."

The insertion of John moved Nyarko to the right midfield spot and created a little more space for Nyarko to operate in but little resulted from the move.  Marco Pappa came on for Banner in the 68th minute.  "Pappa has not performed well recently" said De Los Cobos "He's a player that I expect more from because he's very talented but he hasn't given what I think he can give". 

De Los Cobos' tinkering and formation changes have also caused some uncertainty and confusion while failing to foster any consistency due to the numerous changes.  The McBride/John combination up front will not work if some quality isn't established in terms of service from the midfield.  De Los Cobos also commented on John during his post game address, "The reality is Collins hasn't given us what we think he can." 

John feels that the pairing with McBride needs to be given some time to gel.  "I think everybody can agree we had a terrible game today.  I guess at one time we were playing one up (one forward) and we were winning games so why would the manager change that? Nobody would change that.  I guess I have to be patient and wait for my chance and grab it."

CJ Brown summed up the game best. "We're not finishing games. We're not winning games.  We're playing. We're out there. It's not what it should be.  Whether the guys are tired, hurt, whatever.....it's not getting done.  One point is not acceptable against Dallas at home.  It's frustrating.  You expect a little more from this group and we're not getting it right now".

Player Ratings

GK Andrew Dykstra (5) - Only allowed one goal but it was Dallas' only great chance of the match.  Wasn't tested much.

D Krzyzstof Krol (6) - Fair match included some decent exchanges with Banner on the wing in the first half.  Handled Cunningham and Atiba Harris on the right side for FCD. 

D Dasan Robinson (4) - Struggled with Brek Shea in the second half and provided zero support for the midfield going forward.   

D Wilman Conde (4) - Conde's errors seem to be increasing of late.  The first Dallas goal was a result of a bad touch followed by a fall leading to Ferreira's strike. 

D CJ Brown (5) - Ran by Ferreira while on the way to the goal but otherwise okay.

M Logan Pause (5) - Did his job as Dallas did not threaten much either.  The problem with Pause in the 4-4-2 formation with this current squad is that the central midfield spot is so ineffective offensively that another player focused solely on defense makes the hole in the middle even more glaring.

M Baggio Husidic (4) - Missed a chance to score when his header was knocked away in the 21st minute.  Was largely invisible in the second half. 

M Mike Banner (3) - Provided a good cross to Husidic that easily good have been a goal.  His missed sitter from one yard out was inexplicable.  So was his backward shot from inside the area in the second half before being subbed out in the 68th minute.  Also skied a free kick from 22 yards out that wasn't anywhere near close. 

M Justin Mapp (7) - Create several opportunities before being subbed off in the 57th minute.  Created a chance for a penalty call in the 2nd minute, a free kick opportunity at the top of the box in the 22nd minute, the cross to Banner which should have been converted, and the service on McBride's goal.

F Patrick Nyarko (5) - Started at forward and moved to right mid in the second half.  Some flashes of danger but not much.  Passing left something to be desired today.

F Brian McBride (6) - Scored on a signature header and provided a great pass to Mapp leading to the Banner miss.  Also worked hard in the midfield in an attempt to fill the Fire's gaping hole in the middle of the pitch. 

F Collins John (4) - At some point he needs to start producing.  Can he do it with the limited service provided from midfield?

M Marco Pappa (4) - Came on in the 68th minute for Banner.  Expected to make an impact and was barely noticeable. 

Ref Baldomero Toledo (4) - MLS refs wear me out.

Bottom Line

This year's version of the Fire will be nothing more than frustrating until a playmaking midfielder is acquired after the transfer window opens.  De Los Cobos addressed the teams inability to create (with the exception of Nyarko) during his post game press conference.  You can listen to the entire DLC post game press conference here.

A right back would also be nice. 

 

 

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  • the backs are struggling to pass the ball to the midfield, and the midfield is struggling to get the ball to the forwards - frustrating soccer to watch

    i say give Corben Bone a shot. he looked good vs Legia Warsaw

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Giving Bone a shot in a 4-5-1 can't be any worse than what we saw in the second half last night. Distribution to attacking players is very difficult for the Fire since Nyarko seems to be the only player who can create chances on his own.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Nyarko may be best suited for right mid since that position gives him more space. Thorrington's return will help but he doesn't really create many chances offensively either.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Mike Banner needs to fall out of the lineup immediately. He played worse, in the sister cities tournament, than Nick Noble played against Club America last year. He somehow got a start tonight and was not good at all. His free kick was 25 yards out and he almost hit the concession stand behind the goal. Then Mapp played him a perfect ball inside the 6 and he kicked it over the net. He lost the ball every time he tried to go forward and then would foul. He needs to go away quick. He should go wherever Caitlin Carr is right now. Not in our lineups or on the bench.

    Positives from tonight: Justin Mapp played great today. Should not have come off the field. McBride won close to 30 headballs tonight and played his best match of the season. Mapp and Nyarko gave Dallas fits on the wings the whole time they were on. Pause played well again and is stringing together some good performances of late. CJ was solid again but needs to get some rest this weekend and shouldnt play against Milan. Robinson and Krol looked in control which was nice to see. I think we played well and deserved more from the match.

    Negatives: BANNER! Switching to a 4-4-2 when the 4-5-1 was working very well against them. Subbing out Mapp instead of Banner. Conde trying to be cute in the back which led to a goal that was called offsides. John isnt making a case for himself to start any time soon.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    So I take it you're not a fan of Mike Banner? ;)

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Totally agree.. I've seen better high school players. He and Calen Carr are the type of players that make the MLS the crap league that it is. Rather see some more physical players, who maybe aren't as skilled with their feet, but don't lose possession as soon as they're bumped a little bit.

  • Here is what I would like to see:
    Collins Nyarko
    Krol Mapp Husidic Pappa
    Banner Conde Brown Pause
    Dykstra
    When Thorrington comes back put him in for Husidic!

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I cant tell if this lineup is for real... Nyarko is playing really well on the wing so you want to move him? Banner is this year Austin Washington. Krol is a defender not a midfielder. Mapp is not a central midfielder and is playing his best soccer in 2 years on the wing. Pause is stringing together good performances in the middle and needs to stay there. He looked terrible at RB against PSG.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    You got to stir up something, hey if that wouldn't work then just go back to whatever the Fire are trying to do now.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    This was only the second Fire game that I've been able to watch so please excuse the verbal diarrhea. First, way too many coaching errors! Putting Nyarko up top was just "juggling" and obviously didn't work since Nyarko never seemed to get the message. I hate to disagree with GR but I believe that the change back to a 4-5-1 happened in the first half, not long after Ferreira's goal. Pulling Mapp was inexcusable, as GR mentions he was the most effective mid on the field. I was not a Mapp fan at the beginning of this year but he has won me over. And not starting Pappa, what was that all about? Discipline? I know that DLC is under a lot of pressure but he needs to stabilize his lineup and formation. The chaos in lineup and formation is translating into tentative play on the field. I always thought of the Fire as a great passing team but their passing last night, even when accurate, was extremely tentative, leading to too many "hospital balls". Admittedly a stong creative midfielder would help but the current situation could be helped with more stability.
    Second,on the Ferreira goal, shouldn't Krol have been in the picture? Generally I thought Krol played very well but was just wondering why Conde was so alone?
    Third, Dykstra. Still very shakey in my mind. He nearly overran a shot on goal and his hesitation on distributions makes me very nervous. Also, what's with all the time wasting? Did he think the Fire was winning?
    Finally, the announcing team. If anyone still thinks that Dellacamera should be a World Cup announcer, they should listen to last night's game. If his comments aren't inane, they were inaccurate. And, Martino, please!! If I hear the stupid cliche one more time about foreign coaches not being able to make it in MLS because we are sooooo unique, I'll puke!! How many US coaches flop every year? Also, are we so much more unique than the EPL? Tell that to Wenger, Ancellotti, and Mancini!!
    Overall the Fire plays like a team that is unsure of what it is trying to do, DLC needs to start sending one message on lis lineup and his formation.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Thankfully Dellacamera AND Tommy Smyth are going to be on the radio and not in the booth. And Mapp should not have come out of that game last night. The 4-5-1 was working and we were dangerous. Pappa should have come in for Banner in the 60th min and John for McBride in the 70th. Pause played well but I would have liked to see Lowry come in for him for the last 10 min. I don't understand why we never try to win games at home. Am I the only one that thinks a draw is comparable to a loss at home. It would be nice to see a coach try to win a game at the end instead of accepting the draw and moving forward.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    You're definitely not the only one who thinks a draw at home is a bad thing. I would have like to have seen the substitutions you described. The Fire offense went out the window when Mapp was subbed out.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Nyarko was definitely up high as forward for most of the first half. De Los Cobos explained the thinking thusly, "Patrick played up top closer to Brian since the (Dallas) center backs are not very fast." "The reality is that Patrick's the only player we have that can make a difference in the rhythm of the game with his speed. For this reason we moved him around at forward. That's why we wanted Patrick closer to Brian."

    That thinking changed in the second half when John entered the game and Nyarko was pushed out wide right where he has been most of the season.

  • In reply to cesba:

    With all the pressure it seems to me that DLC may be "over-coaching".

  • In reply to cesba:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to cesba:

    Julio Martinez -- one of the biggest mysteries of DLC's time with the Fire. DLC knew this guy extensively, how could he have flopped so dramatically? Is it true that MLS is much more physical than Martinez or DLC realized or is it more subtle? Martinez is away from home for the first time, could that be the reason--culture shock??? The book "Soccernomics" talks about how some of the major Euro teams have flopped in bringing stars into new cultures and how others have succeeded. Something for DLC and Klopas to think about.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    That is a very good point that goes largely unnoticed in most cases. Soccernomics is an excellent read.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    very good point. i'll have to pick that book up...

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Guillermo, I think you're being a little harsh on Banner. I thought he actually played fairly well, ignoring his atrocious miss and the miskick on the mapp cross. I know this may sound sarcastic, but really, its not. He adds quickness, and he'll take players on, and he had a couple really nice crosses, including good service on corners & free kicks (except when he went for goal.) So hopefully he isn't resigned to the bench for that miss, because considering the alternatives, he really should be given another chance.

    Also, i'm now ready to say without hesitation that Dykstra is the worst professional goalie i've ever seen play in more than one game. I've seen worse single-day performances (the fire's destruction of Bo Oshoniyi comes to mind) but Dykstra consistently shows that he lacks even the slightest bit of common sense, skill, hand-eye coordination and decision-making ability that is evident in high school goalies. He consistently screws up almost every aspect of a goalie's game, whether it's judging crosses, catching shots, playing with his feet, charging off his line, etc. What put me over the edge was yesterday when the ball is racing towards the end-line, and he decides to go put a quick touch in before it heads out of bounds. You know, just to give Dallas a corner. that was the last piece of evidence i needed, after seeing him bobble or misjudge at least one ball in each game he's played this season. and given just how afwul he is, whoever made the decision to keep him and let busch go needs to be fired.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Nate,
    If you just ignore Dykstra's short comings he'd be pretty good. ;)

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Overall, the Fire cannot afford to waste opportunities by tying or losing to teams like FC Dallas and Toronto FC. As for Mike Banner, Mike Banner is Mike Banner, a bench player that should come in with stoppage time when the team is winning or losing 2-0. I am starting to run out of patience with De Los Cobos shuffling the lineup. Their are several central midfielder that are available like Sebastian Battaglia (Bocas Juniors), Michael Ballack, Seedorf and Blanco. Battaglia can play center and defending midfieder (question mark in terms of DLC's system), Ballack and Seedorf would be a perfect for Chicago but they need to cut half of roster to get either of those guys. Blanco would be nice but at what cost? Another names to throw out Guily from France and Lampard (see Ballack and Seedorf comment)....GOOD LUCK not happening!!!

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I totally agree on the line-up shuffling. DLC should understand by now that he has no Lionel Messi's lurking in the Fire locker room. With the exception of Thorrington, he needs to get the best out of what he's got. That means concentrating on developing teamwork based on a consistent game plan. That doesn't happen when the formation and line up change every 45 minutes. It also means avoiding disciplinary clubs like benching Pappa for some supposed lack of effort. Regarding DP's I will bet YOUR life !! that we will see a major signing following the WC. Seedorf is out per GR --he said above that Seedorf has publicly nixed a move to MLS. However, I did read on another blog today that Lampard would be interested--hard to believe.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Actually, Lampard said he would be interested in MLS in two or three years when his contract expires at Chelsea.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Great points, JMStein. That is what I like to see. Seems like people are starting to realize that Flopas and DLC don't have a clue. I remember back in the off-season Frank saying this was not going to be a rebuilding year. Probably doesn't even phase him because this is attractive, attacking soccer the fans deserve.

    Sure the Fire might be in a different position if last year's players didnt go overseas but at some point, Flopas is responsible for those negotiations and if he sees 5 starters looking to jump ship, prioritize and try to keep 1-2 rather than making half-ass offers and then settling for amateurs from El Salvador.

    I am sure having the PDL team move into the main locker room alongside the first team at TP is helping the overall moral. That seemed to be another brilliant move by this debacle people refer to as professional soccer team.

  • In reply to ChristohperWallace:

    How does trying to develop the PDL team hurt morale?

  • In reply to cesba:

    So you think having a bunch of kids move into the main locker room with the first team is a good idea? Seems to be doing wonders for the first team. I am all for developing talent but do they need to be in the same locker room? They should be focusing on developing the first team and pleasing the season ticket holders and fans rather than trying to accommodate kids at the first teams' expense. There needs to be some seperation.

    Rather than look for excuses, look at the facts; management is single handedly destroying our beloved Fire with repeated bone head decisions. But I guess if the Fire fail to make the playoffs this year, we should all be thrilled that the PDL team got first place because that is why we are all fans and purchase tickets.

  • In reply to ChristohperWallace:

    That's a pretty short sighted view of things. Of course, the main focus and emphasis of the organization is the first team. I just don't see the correlation between bad play and allowing the PDL team to train in the same facility with the first team. The PDL team is not physically in the same locker room with the first team. The idea of having the PDL team experience first team training is a sound one and bodes well for the development of future prospects. In most major soccer clubs, there is a strong relationship between the first team and the developmental team.
    I'd just like to know where the morale loss theory comes from.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Totally agree GR!! I firmly believe that the Fire's approach to development will become the template for other MLS teams. It is already being copied. I look for the day when instead of using the college super draft, the Fire will field a team of its own youth graduates just like Barcelona.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Sorry you see it as short sighted, but then again you don't think the organization is headed in the wrong direction. So we can agree to disagree and wait for the next game to see what happens.

    As for the theory, all I am saying is there have been quite a few changes made in terms of coaches, roster spots, and starting line-ups thus far. The team is playing like garbage. Now on top of all that, the first team is accommodating the PDL team which may not seem like a big deal but I guarantee it makes things more complicated especially when the team is in the gutter.

    So I am proud that Fire are creating a league wide template for PDL teams, I just hope the rest of the teams don't replicate anything else the Fire organization have to offer.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Klopas and DLC will have to be judged by their records but it is still too early to burn them in effigy. Regarding the loss of Rolf, Segares, and Soumare, I'm quite sure that Klopas and Fire management would have loved to pay more but the MLS structure puts serious limitations on them. Besides, the lure of European play was a big factor, especially for Rolf, plus the money.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Rolfe was more upset with MLS than he was with the Fire during monetary dealings. In fact, Soumare and Rolfe are so mad at the organization that they were in the locker room last night visiting with everyone.
    Segares was going to try to make the European move no matter what. His window for big money in Europe was closing if he didn't make the attempt when he did.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    short passes, very impressive!!! Gman big props to SP for bringing up this read... Does this mean we may have some reads with some fundamental reading skills. We might just have to start a book club? what do you think?

  • In reply to Janjo:

    Janjo,
    I'm no Oprah but I do have a few others to recommend.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    DC united looked good vs Chivas USA and we know how crappy they have been this year. hoping the Fire can turn it around too...

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    cripes even philadelphia's attack looks better than chicago's right now

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Philadelphia looked good against Houston yesterday.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    mcbride was definately the best player for the fire against dallas. not only did he score but he worked hard all over the pitch helping out, creating chances and distributing. as only a few examples he had a great pass to mapp before the banner miss and early in the game he sent a header in to mapp in the area that mapp should have done better with. conde needs to either get it togather or leave like he wants.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Every single time Nyarko tried getting fancy he lost the ball and would chase then foul. His speed is good but footwork stinks...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    That has been known since his first game. He is only a threat running at top speed at defenders. He is not going to beat them by dribbling around them. He is still very raw and needs to fix that to become a very good player.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Frank Klopas is responsible that Chris Rolfe, Segares, and Solmare aren't with the Fire anymore. Carlos and Frank are responsible that
    Jon Busch is gone and that we now have none productive players like Umanzar, Martinez and still have Calen Car etc.and injury prone players. If we wait until mid July we have lost the season.
    The promised attractive attacking that was promised by Carlos and
    Frank hasn't happen and I don't see it coming with those two in charge of the players. Like yesterdays game instead of moving the ball forward the fire played most of the time the ball back and
    in doing so gave Dallas opportunities. I think the time is now not later to move in a new direction while there might still be a chance. "The Best Defense is a Good Offense." Because we are not playing the attractive attacking style of soccer as promised we
    are currently a mediocure team at best and loosing fans fast.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Dropping points at home is undoubtedly a way to lose fans quickly.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Look like section 8 is losing some ppl too. Unless everyone is just going on Sunday, cause you know the Fire going to lose like 4-1...And don't tell me if DC beat AC Milan so will the Fire. Fire will lose end of story.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Section 8 filled up as the game went on yesterday. The Thursday 7:00 start may have had something to do with late arrivals.

  • In reply to cesba:

    This season is absolute crap. No one is stepping up their game, no one is playing particularly well. I'm almost glad that I dumped my season tickets. The game yesterday was half-empty, and I could tell why. It's times like this when I wish MLS didn't have ties. We just don't have enough intensity. We need Ronaldinho!

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Ronaldinho ????!!! Be careful what you wish for. I love R but He is definitely not what the Fire needs. He is not on the Brazilian Nat Team for a good reason -- per most soccer pundits R brings a lot of baggage. To be effective he needs to have a team built around him and the Fire just don't have that personnel. He also has a bad habit of not bringing his best game to every contest. Bringing in Ronaldinho would be like trying to add one of the Harlem Globetrotters to an NBA team. Great entertainment maybe but not much to show in the win-loss area.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    We also need Buffon in net and Drogba up top. Fabregas would look good in a Fire uniform too.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Joe -- LOL -----right on

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I noticed that Conde has been terrible for the past few weeks. Seems like he is trying too hard for his position. I dont know if it has any affect on his contract status. I was nice to see Rolfe and Soumare stopping by. It will be interesting to see Blanco back with the red and white. I am not throwing the towel just yet with DLC and Klopas. Klopas has to get some DP on their roster; 3rd division from Greece is not one of them. I would be interesting to see Bone get some reps and more practice instead of trotting Mike Banner out there. Also, I noticed when Logan Pause was not active, the offense moved faster with Husidic and Lowry. Please NO Banner and Pause.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Pause has been playing great as of late. He does exactly what he needs to do. The offense isnt moving because Husidic is doing anything out there. I fear that Conde is getting a bad case of the Bakary Soumaries. Contract is coming up and he is starting to think he is too good for this league. If we don't work out a deal and he continues like this, with his little dribbling episodes and weak attempts at clearing the ball. If he keeps it up and can't work out a new deal, I would be okay with selling him off.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    based on what i've seen this year:

    John-McBride
    Mapp-Bone-Pause-nyarko
    Krol-Conde-Brown-Robinson(ward when he returns)

    pappa to sub either winger as needed, baggio to sub a striker if we want to go 4-5-1

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Chicago Fire Vs Dallas F C another disappointing at home performance for us fans.It's about time that Andrew Hauptman and
    Dave Greeley wake up and come to realize That Carlos De Los
    Cobos and Frank Klopas are not going to get the job done. Carlos had to have Deris Umanzar and Julio Martinez and what have they done???
    Besides Martinez scoring one goal next to nothing.
    I say give Mike Matkovich a chance to coach the team and see how he does with the players, it is now very obvious that Carlos and
    Frank aren't getting the job done. If Mike Matkovich doesn't work
    out maybe after the World Cup Bob Bradley will be available.
    I hate to say it but Dennis Hammlet did better as a coach than what
    Carlos is doing. Somebody needs to tell Frank Klopas that we
    don't need a third division {Which is Semi Pro}Greek forward who
    was playing in Belgium. We need a holding, play making central midfielder who can dish off to the forwards. I liked Blanco who
    I now feel is too old and not the speedster that we need.
    It's time to get a Central midfielder who is younger and can be
    with the team for several years. I want professional soccer to be
    successful and it is now time to realize that our current Coach
    and Director are turning off the fans and killing the sport for us.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I'm not happy with the current situation either however, things need to be put into perspective. Nobody talks about what the Fire lost from last year's team: Blanco, Rolf and two all-star defenders, Soumare and Segares. Give DLC those four and we wouldn't be complaining now. Everyone knows we need a strong midfield presence (Seedorf, Riquelme??) and a creative striker so lets hold off on the lynchings to see what happens after the WC. Maybe then I'll help tie the noose then but too early right now.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    That's a good point. Envisioning De Los Cobos plan with Blanco, Rolfe, Soumare, and Segares in the team is a lot prettier picture than what he's got to work with at the moment.

    It looks like Seedorf is intent on staying in Italy at the moment. Riquelme would be a monster.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    on the upside, as bad as the Fire is playing now, if they can find their form late in the season, they are in the right division to make a move, and i'd rather having them poorly now and playing well later rather than the opposite

    i got tickets for the LA galaxy game in september so i am crossing my fingers for good play by then :)

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Making wholesale changes 9 games into the season is a bit rash. This season can't be judged completely until we find out what's in store when the transfer window opens. Klopas and De Los Cobos are very much aware that a central midfielder is sorely needed. Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait until July 15 for some answers.

  • Seriously, what does a contract have to do with a player's ability to stay in line with his defenders and mark opposing forwards? If his personal life prevents him from performing in games, why would we want to sign him to a new contract?

  • In reply to manyou07:

    oh, and i thought the same thing about the tshirt gun!

  • Good point Patrickhattrick,
    Ronaldinho would be great.
    We also need a better Coach and Technical Director who I blame for the teams current poor performance. I am shure Ronaldhino is used to much better than mediocure Frank Klopas and Carlos De Los Cobos.
    Give Mike Matkovich a chance to show us what he can do before we sink the ship which is taking in water fast.
    Bob Bradley may also be available soon we had a good record with him coaching the team.
    I am sick and tired of listening to excuses by Carlos.
    Carlos and Frank should be in the hall of blame for the unattractive soccer being played by our current Chicago Fire.
    Nine games into the season is long enough to realize that player changes and coaching staff changes need to be made.

  • DJ, the highlights were being able to change the channel. Sorry you were stuck at TP watching the game. I had my Stella and my super nachos on hand. I am starting to feel like the grouchie old guys from the Muppet show here is a quote:

    Statler: Wake up you old fool. You slept through the show.
    Waldorf: Who's a fool? You watched it.
    aaah ha ha ha ha!!!

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