PSG 1 Fire 0

The Fire dropped the opening match of the Sister Cities Tournament by losing to Paris Saint-Germaine 1-0 in front of a US Open Cup sized crowd at Toyota Park.  Both teams seemingly appeared to approach the match as a typical friendly with little enthusiasm and sense of urgency. 

The first half was an uneventful one for the home side.  The Fire failed to register a shot on goal and rarely provided concern for the PSG defense.  The lone goal of the game came in the 14th minute when Ludovic Giuly danced around Krzyzstof Krol to float a cross into the box that was headed into the net by Clement Chantome.  The header, however was a weak one that goalkeeper Sean Johnson could have handled.  Johnson was also fortunate to escape a second PSG goal after a give away by the keeper led to an opportunity which was ruled offsides.  Johnson had one decent save in the second half on a hard shot from distance.


The second half saw some improvement with minor signs of life from the Fire attack.  The best chance of the match for the home side came in the 86th minute when Stefan Dimitrov chested down a long ball from Wilman Conde and almost chipped the ball over the PSG keeper.  The ball sailed just over the crossbar. 

The Fire started out in the 4-5-1 formation with McBride as the lone striker and Julio Martinez on the right side.  Patrick Nyarko started on the left side where he is usually signifcantly less effective.  Collins John was subbed into the game in the 34th minute for Martinez, which moved Nyarko to the right side where he has been dazzling most of the early season.  The insertion of John changed the formation to a 4-4-2 with Pappa moving left.  Neither formation provided much.

The second half began with Mike Banner replacing Pappa on the left side.  The 69th minute saw Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Dimitrov replace CJ Brown and Brian McBride.  Corben Bone came on for Baggio Husidic in the 79th minute.  I would have liked to have seen both Watson-Siriboe and Bone earlier in the second half since it was apparent that this game wasn't much more than an organized run out.  At least nobody got hurt.

The Fire will play Legia Warsaw in the third place match on Saturday.  Legia was defeated by Red Star Belgrade 1-0 in the nightcap.



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  • Note: Former Chicago Fire Roman Kosecki has a son Jakub plays for Legia Warsaw.

  • Both teams played like a typical friendly game; no movement and dull. The only goal by PSG was set up by Ludovic Guily. Guily is one of players that the Fire are targeting as a DP. He is only 5-4, attacking midfielder and 33 years old. The Fire needs a center midfielder that can create plays for the striker to finish.

  • Amen DJ!! I'll fire up the grill and have our tail gate party. Shoo, I'll even make those famous Super nachos that they discontinued, oh how I miss my super nachos; ground beef, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, hmmm!

  • Mike Banner played worse than Nick Noble did last year against America. Noble got released 2 weeks later. I have never seen a player on the Fire play that bad. Conde wouldnt even pass to him at the end of the game. He didnt complete one pass. Was standing on the far post and lunged like a fairy to try and get it. Dribbled right into defenders and then fouled them when they took it away from him. Almost made me want Caitlin Carr out there. Almost...

  • Pires wants to come to a nice city...

  • Watching the Fire play last night was horrific. No one played like they wanted to win. I saw very uninspired soccer with no real urge to get a goal.

    The positives-
    Unforunately I was about 30 min late to the game and missed watching guily play. However, Claude makelele is a beast. he was a brick in the middle for PSG and had superior ball skills. Clearly the Fire has no midfield right now. the only way forwards can shine is with a good midfield. I say we try and sign Makelele and then get an attacking midfielder. I would gladly give makelele a DP spot.

    Realistically as joe said Pires wants a nice city. Which leaves 2 teams besides Seattle. The Red bulls and the Fire. I think any activity by the Fire is a good thing. We are just bad right now...

  • In reply to jking:

    Makelele is so underrated. He gets the ball and then passes it off. Makes tackles, wins headballs and doesn't make mistakes. Would love to have him on the Fire.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I agree with you on Makelele although he's got some issues.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Guillermo, if PSG can manage to deal with Makelele despite that or many headlines. I'm sure the fire could.

    As long as he comes to play and does his job, I could could care less. I would figure quite a few foreugn players carry excess baggage anyway.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I was half joking just because the comments in the story were so bizarre.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    still,,,the weather is gonna be great for saturday soccer.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    how bout those blackhawks,,,,

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    isnt it intresting what the hawks coach is doing,,,the team is staying in a hotel even tho they're at it like a road game....hope it works

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I say no to Guily mainly because we need someone who can be more explosive, fill a stadium, and give our team the energy they need. I don't see Guily doing that. Makelele is interesting. We need to pick up the next Donovan or the next Dempsey. Or the next Pele or Maradona. We need a star, a leader, and someone we can count on for some more years. I say we put some more money in the youth system. That's the future. Plus we could help out the MNT quite a bit with a future star.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    You say you want someone explosive, fill a stadium and give energy but then you say Makelele would be interesting. He would not do any of that at all. Guily would be a good pickup for us because he could play in the middle because of his skill level and his vision. Pires looks like he wants to come to MLS and I can see him being closer to GBS than Blanco. But the perfect player for what we are looking for/need is Michael Ballack and he doesnt have a team anymore, isnt going to the WC now and we need to swoop in there with a nice deal for him.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Judging by the sheer numbers of Red Star supporters last night, I don't think it would be to bad of an idea for the Fire to target a medium to high profile Serbian player.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    This Makelele guy is my kind of guy...LOL!! sign him up. The Fire need a difference maker that can spark the team whether it is Makelele, Guily, Blanco or whoever.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Pires is not a bad pickup but he is 36 (one year younger than Blanco). Guily would be a nice pickup but they need a Blanco type of player that can set up plays for the forwards to score. Question: Can Guily play Blanco's position? As for Makelele...NO THANKS!!!

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Guillermo Barros Schelotto is 37 years old and I think every MLS team would want him their team.

    "Can Guily play Blanco's position?" Do you mean an attacking minded central midfielder or someone that demands the ball and then makes a terrible pass and blames the other guy for not getting it? I imagine Guily can play anywhere in the offensive third. He is probably more comfortable on the outside but could do quite well in the middle. Pires is probably better suited for the middle with his age and his legs.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Michael Ballack is a great soccer player and the captain of the
    German National team and a real motivator in the Locker room.
    He would make a much better positive immediate impact on the
    Fire players than Makelele or Gilley ever could.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I agree. I have been saying Ballack for a month now. I just think Fire need to think more about the field than the stands. If we have sell outs and play like we did against San Jose and PSG then we wont have sell outs anymore. Ballack would be the perfect player for us as a team. He is what we should be looking for and what we need. Tall, strong, great control of the ball, vision, leadership, good in the air, doesnt shy away from tackles.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    As most of us know Chicago has a very large Hispanic,Polish and German population. Those are the Ethnic groups the Fire has to
    please in order to increase attendance.
    Remember the Chicago Sting that had quite a few German
    Players on the Team. The used to call the The Team "Der Sting"
    Remember the Forty Thousand Plus Crowds at Wrigley Field and Soldiers Field. Michael Ballack is 34 Years old and considered to be one of the best play making mid fielders in the world. He would help boost attendance like we used to see with the Chicago Sting and have a positive impact on the fire and he even speaks English. A French player wouldn't do much to boost attendance as would a good Mexican,Polish or German player would.The Fire needs to look at those ethnic groups and not the French.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I thought we are past the attendance boost DPs. We shouldn't get Ballack because he is German and we have German people in Chicago. We should get Ballack because he is a monster on the field. If Makelele makes us a better team than I don't care if the attendance gets a boost or not.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    The best way to boost attendance is to win consistently. Signing a guy like Blanco is good for ticket sales, but the effect is temporary, because once Blanco is gone, those ticket buyers may not come back.

    Signing a stud midfielder like Ballack or some of the others that have been mentioned makes the Fire a better team. The better they play, the easier it is to sell tickets.

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  • Fire vs PSG was a snoooze. The second game much faster tempo better overall game. Wasn't too much inpresses by Belgrade fans throwing flares and smoke bombs on to the field. Also not much of a friendly at the end of the game with the Belgrade goal keeper throwing punches lucky for him the drank fans sitting by me didn't get to the field. On another note I'm disappointted that security would allow autographs and took away my mark. Bunch of A..holes

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