Eastern Conference Battles.......

The two teams immediately ahead of the Fire in the Eastern Conference standings faced off tonight in New York.  The Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC 1-0 to move 10 points ahead of the Fire.  New York, however has played three more matches than Chicago.  By the time the Fire kicks off next Wednesday against New England the Red Bulls would have played four more matches.  New York hosts the Galaxy on Saturday night.

Toronto is currently only 5 points ahead of the Fire having played three more matches.  While Toronto will also be involved in CONCACAF Champion's League play their remaining MLS matches include a rematch with New York followed by Real Salt Lake, at Dallas, at Fire, DC, at Houston, San Jose, at Seattle, at Chivas, Columbus, and at DC. 

If the Fire pick up all three points next Wednesday the pressure will be on TFC to begin earning results quickly to avoid being overrun by the Western Conference sides.  Only the first two finishers in each conference table are guaranteed playoff spots.  Columbus is too far ahead to seriously consider the Fire as a first place threat. 

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  • Sean Johnson wins save of the week for the second consecutive week.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/johnson-repeats-napa-save-week-winner

    I've watched that match again and I probably should have gone with an 8....

  • In reply to cesba:

    you DEFINITELY should have gone with an 8 ;)

  • Sam is at Fire practice. Everyone but Brown and Nyarko are participating.

    Victor Pineda, Bratislav Ristic, and another academy player are also involved.

  • In a shocking development, it appears Thorrington is also out of training today.

    Who will be back in action first David Beckham or Thorrington?

  • In reply to cesba:

    can we vote neither?

    will be interesting to see what happens with thor when (if?) he comes back. i'd imagine he'd ride the pine and come in as a sub. is there a starting position for him right now if everyone is healthy? there doesn't seem to be imo.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I can't see where he would be a better fit over any of the guys currently starting. I can see him as a sub for Ljungberg if Freddie is playing centrally in midfield or possibly as a sub for Pause if DLC needs to make a more offensive substitution. Maybe even as a sub on the wing for Pappa or a better option than starting Banner if Nyarko can't go....but starting no.

    Some of the players have mentioned that the team has been missing "bite" this season. Thorrington could have provided some of that missing ingredient if healthy but Ljungberg and Castillo should more than compensate for that while providing "bite" of their own.

  • In reply to Drew:

    FINALLY beat 2010 FIFA World Cup video game. Won it with the Yanks. Game's a tad unrealistic for a few reasons.
    1. USA went undefeated in qualifying, Jozy Altidore scored 20 goals, and ended up at 13th place in the world prior to the World Cup.
    2. We also beat Germany 2-0 in the Round of 16, Serbia 4-2 in the quarters, and,in the semis, you'll never believe it, MALI, who Baky Soumare starts for, 2-1 in the semifinals and Argentina 5-0 in the finals. Yes, that's right, I beat Mali 2-1 but Argentina 5-0.
    3. Jozy Altidore had like 10 goals in the World Cup but none of them showed up on the leaderboard.
    4. Everything I just listed.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Now that you've beaten it you can look forward to working on FIFA 2011 on September 28. I'll only be impressed if you can go undefeated and win it all with the Fire. I'll really be impressed if you can get Mike Banner to score 30 goals.

  • In reply to cesba:

    You do know, that the DS version gave the Fire 3 soccerballs out of 5. Thats pretty respectable. McBride is really slow, but his power and and accuracy are amazing.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The guy who is just amazingly bad in that game is Dimitrov. Everytime he plays(which is not very much) I'm still amazed by the awfulness.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Segares back video.....
    http://chitv.neulion.com/mlsvp/console.jsp?catid=219&id=7774

  • In reply to cesba:

    Beckham hands down. I put money on Onstad coming back from double hernia surgery.

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