Fire 1 Pumas 0 - SuperLiga Close Out

The Fire saved their best effort of SuperLiga 2010 for their final match of the tournament.  The organized defensive effort from the back line and the confident performance in goal were miles from the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Monarcas Morelia.  Although the offensive performance in the second half left something to be desired the win seemed to provide a lift in moral for the players and coaches after the match.  A win can do that.

 

Sean Johnson looked assertive and in control in the Fire goal and should provide some food for thought if the coaching staff feels that a change needs to be made.  To be fair to Andrew Dykstra, the defensive effort against Morelia left him out to dry and he should not be blamed for the loss. 

Assistant coach Mike Matkovich addressed the media after the match.  You can listen to his comments here

I'll be back tomorrow with more......comments about SuperLiga and Nery Castillo from Collins John, CJ Brown, Wilman Conde, and Marco Pappa.

Nery Castillo

Castillo's formal introduction may take place on Friday pending his completion of visa/paperwork issues. 

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  • Here's what you missed in the stands

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP8R7_qL1FM&feature=youtube_gdata

  • In reply to Chow:

    Chow,
    I'm not sure what happened but it looked like security was standing in between the two sections keeping order and then for some reason they left and all hell broke loose.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Ya one of the head Monterrey guys got hit with some nacho cheese (not a joke) and said "ok you're on your own" and pulled out all security out of the section.

  • In reply to Chow:

    Seriously how stupid is Monterrey did anyone notice how they checked the Tickets for Section 8 seating but no one was checking the pumas section and they had us 4 to 1. Typical Monterrey work, I heard one fire fan scream at Monterrey to do something and the replied was

  • In reply to chicagofire:

    Not only Section 8 had altercations with Puma fans, Section 112 had an incident after the game with a fan hitting another fan with a beer bottle over his head. A meaningless SuperLiga game turned ugly with the fans yelling and fighting. To hear "Your on your own on this one" is telling you that they are not doing their job and should be canned for saying that.

  • In reply to cesba:

    All the soccer nay sayers are going to eat this up, I'll bet that this will get coverage from the enlightened Chicago sports media.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    feh, that kinda thing happens at NFL and college football games from time to time. probly happens at NHL games too

  • In reply to DerSting:

    By no means am I condoning or glorifying football violence, but I have to say; Section 8 IS our security. We get eachothers backs and if it's something as small as breaking things up or having to resort to blows, we protect eachother. I had situations in Columbus and New Jersey and fellow supporters whom I never met rushed to my aid. Away security isn't much better than Monterrey, had one of them been holding a smoke bomb or flare maybe they would consider doing something. (not New jersey, they actually seemed to appreciate the flares) If it comes down to my personal saftey, I have much more faith in Section 8 and my fellow supporter to protect me than bogus security. I wasn't there yesterday but no matter the numbers I would always stand with my brothers in the section. The bigger issue is why Monterrey (or any security) would allow large groups of opposing supporters to be so close. Had they moved people these types of situations wouldn't happen.

  • In reply to JohnG:

    I wasn't there either, so I'm not sure how this happened. Don't they typically try to put the opposing team's fans in a section on the other side of the field? Or was it Section 8 for Fire fans and the rest of the stadium Pumas fans?

    Monterrey sure has it's fair share of problems it seems.

  • In reply to JohnG:

    Guillermo, any inside info on who the fire is targeting for their 2nd dp? Inquiring minds want to know!

  • In reply to Drew:

    I haven't heard any names from reliable sources yet.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I heard that the Sounders acquired Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Fernandez. He was in the World Cup roster for them and it is a steal for Seattle. He is only 24 years old.

  • In reply to Drew:

    We need a strong center midfielder, that'll help and be even better when Thor's back.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I need some clarification -- in the Castillo announcement,he is referred to as a forward. In other writeups he is talked about as a playmaker. Admittedly, a withdrawn forward can act as a playmaker but I thought we were getting someone whose PRIMARY job was to put it in the back of the net.

  • In reply to Drew:

    player interviews - CJ, Johnson, and CJ (collins john)

    http://chitv.neulion.com/mlsvp/console.jsp?catid=219&id=7075

    collins john part was interesting, as thats exactly what i was thinking when watching the game myself

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Collins John and CJ Brown are excellent about giving very honest and frank answers

  • In reply to Drew:

    I would like to see Castillo play in Mapp's spot and Mapp play in Husidic's spot. That would leave Pause to strickly play DM and have that be his only job. We would be alot more creative and I think it would be very good. Castillo is not a lone striker and the 4-5-1 is a good formation for us. We have the players to play that and Castillo is a good fit to play in front of McBride and be creative. He should be a very good signing for us.

  • In reply to Drew:

    You heard it here first

  • In reply to Adam25:

    good for MLS. not so good for the fire. lets hope our 2nd DP can close the gap

  • In reply to Adam25:

    It makes sense. He no longer has anything to really play for overseas. World POTY, Champions League, WC champion. He didnt make this years WC squad so he wont be making it in 2014. Now he can live in LA and relax.

  • In reply to Chow:

    ahhh i remember hearing the PA announcement on the feed i was watching. couldnt understand it, is that what it was about?

    at least it was not a huge brawl, that coulda gotten out of control

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I cant remember the total language used on the PA but they said that the Fire has the right to eject anyone for not behaving and for throwing stuff, also this is the funny part they said that

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    A few players out of contract out there like Ebi Smolarek?

  • In reply to DerSting:

    who else is out of contract? where can one find what players are even available? what position do people think is the most glaring need at this point?

  • In reply to Drew:

    After watching last night's game I think that we need a midfield general, like Xavi. I would envision someone who would play behind Castillo and prevent our passing game from losing its way. In last night's game we had many inspired passing sequences that just evaporated like we forgot what we were doing. IMO a more mature midfield general would prevent that from happening.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Didn't mean to imply that we could get Xavi !!!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    thats kinda why i mentioned steven appiah in a previous post

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    short passes thinks we'll get xavi! start up the rumor mill!!!! ;)

    i was thinking the same in terms of need. a very good central defender wouldn't bother me either, but first and foremost a playmaker. our offense is anemic right now.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I think that's what every team in the world is looking for a player like Xavi. I think we need to look for a striker like Drogba and a defender like Puyol. Outside backs like Sergio Ramos and Ashley Cole. And a keeper like Casillas

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