Archive for August 2010

Fire v Dynamo Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Conde, Brown, Robinson, Segares M Pause, Husidic, Pappa, Castillo F Ljungberg, McBride Subs : Dykstra, Kinney, Krol, Banner, Lowry, Nyarko, Carr Dynamo GK Onstad D Mulrooney, Boswell, Cameron, Hainault M Cruz, Obodai, Palmer, Mullan F Ching, Oduro Subs : Hall, Chabala, Cochrane, Robinson, Davis, Ngwenya, Weaver

Fire v Dynamo Game Preview

The Fire played their most complete game of the season the last time these two teams met on April 24 at Toyota Park.  A 2-0 win along with a thourough performance provided some optimism at the time.  The Fire are once again optimistic but for different reasons.  While the result of the initial meeting gave hope... Read more »

Fire 2 Revolution 1 - Game Recap and Player Ratings

The Fire earned a badly needed three points against a New England side that made things difficult after scoring the first goal of the match as a result of a giveaway by Wilman Conde.  Calen Carr marked his return to game action by celebrating the winning goal in the 85th minute.  The Fire was cohesive... Read more »

Fire v Revolution Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Segares, Robinson, Brown, Conde M Pappa, Husidic, Pause, Castillo F Ljungberg, McBride Subs: Dykstra, Kinney, Krol, Watson-Siriboe, Banner, Lowry, Carr Revs GK Reis D Alston, Osei, Barnes, Gibbs M Nyassi, Joseph, Phelan, Tierney F Stolica, Perovic Subs: Shuttleworth, Sinovic, Griffiths, Schilawski, Smith, Linck, Mansally

Fire v New England Match Preview

No manager in MLS seems to do more with less than New England’s Steve Nicol.  Nicol continues to find solid and productive players while working within Robert Kraft’s stringent budget.  The style of play isn’t exactly pretty but it seems to be effective for the Revs.  Despite various injuries and no major player signings the Revs are... Read more »

4-4-2 or 4-5-1 ?

Carlos De Los Cobos has used the one forward formation for a majority of this season but the addition of Nery Castillo and Freddie Ljungberg has increased the coach’s tactical options.  It may be another week or two before we see what De Los Cobos has ultimately decided on.  Nery Castillo is probably two weeks away... Read more »

Fire Training Report - Nyarko, Thorrington, John Updates and More

The Fire continue training this weekend ahead of Wednesday’s match against the New England Revolution.  Here are a few highlights from today’s session : Patrick Nyarko sat out of training again but he is feeling better and will see the doctor today.  Carlos De Los Cobos is hopeful that he can return to training tomorrow... Read more »

New Soccer Bar - The Pitch

There’s always room for another soccer bar in Chicago, this one is called “The Pitch” located at 2142 N. Clybourn.  Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas is one of the partners.  I’ll probably be stopping in tonight for the grand opening.  They have a web site with some pretty bare bones info but they do feature a... Read more »

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... Read more »

What Will It Take To Make the MLS Playoffs?

A review of the Fire’s remaining 14 matches reveals an even seven games at home and seven on the road.  Six of the remaining matches are winnable games against the league’s bottom dwellers while only three remain against the top tier teams.  A bare minimum of ten wins is usually required to qualify for the... Read more »