Fire 2 Rapids 1 USOC Highlights

Yahtzee!

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  • much better look at the goals than the other highlights

    thx for posting this up

  • I think the colorado goal keeper was more suprised to see the shot on goal then not seeing the ball because of smoke on field.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I was at the game and the smoke had cleared by the time this shot was taken. I was sitting at midfield, at Anibaba's back and was able to follow the flight of the ball perfectly, a beautiful banana slice!! I've read that the announcers gave and assist to the smoke -- the only smoke involved was what he brought himself!!! While I wasn't thrilled with the smoke bomb, the impact at field level was minimal while for the fans, a bit of a bother!!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I was at the game as well. The smoke makes a nice story line, but it had no impact on the goal. A great shot and some sloppy goalkeeping were the factors.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    i may have felt differently if i were there, but i love seeing the flares on tv. i wish they had a "flares allowed" zone in stadiums where ppl coulds safely use them and not be hassled by security

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Problem was no wind -- the smoke just hung over the pitch. It really didn't seem to affect the players but it certainly disrupted viewing from the stands.

  • YAHTZEEEEEE!!! THESE PRETZELS ARE MAKING ME THIRSTY!!!

  • Get ready for YAHTZEEEE!!!! T-Shirts. Greatest quote in sports!!! LOL!!!

  • Did anybody see Dasans FB page? Has what looks to be new jerseys. Does anybody know anything about that?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I believe those were generated by a website in some sort of "here's my design if" piece.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Those are the training jerseys.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Soccer America article on the Fire.....

    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/41788/chicago-fires-recasting-unmasked.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    I'm not a big fan of Ridge Mahoney's perspective on soccer but this is a great summary of how new the entire Fire team is. Now they just have to fit the pieces together!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Maybe its just wishful thinking, but I really think that the team has shown more cohesiveness in every aspect of the game in the firt three games then last year's crew did all of last year. For me the low point last year was against Colorado. They had that game in the bad. It was awful. I just don't see this team collapsing like that. Looking at the buildup to Puerari's goal, I cannot remember two Fire forwards working together like that. This is definitely an enjoyable team to watch.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    its easy to see the workrate difference in this years forwards, particularly puerari, compared to last seasons

    last season none of our forwards ever consistently pressed the opposing defenders.

    you want the ball back? the guys most likely to give it away are the defense. pressure them and you get the ball back sooner

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Uh oh.. DeRo to New York?!?!

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    That would certainly be interesting but according to SBI the trade has hit a legal snag.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I thought it was an April's Fool joke.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Appears to be legit.....Houston is also now in the picture for trade talks.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Ufficio, I thought the same exact thing. I read it from the Ives website. Mr. Galarcep's April Fool's was Bunbury to Canadian national team.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    mlssoccer.com is reporting it as done deal, no joke

  • In reply to longoria3:

    you going to be at the meet the team?

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    I'll be there.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    dallas is really struggling this season - they looked terrible last nite vs columbus

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Yes they are. Teams are shutting down Ferreira and their forwards aren't producing.

  • In reply to cesba:

    doesn't help they have 2 red cards

  • In reply to lijien:

    You're right. Hyndman has to re-think this Brek Shea at central defender thing and move him back to left mid as well.

  • In reply to lijien:

    John Kass' Tribune article on Puerari......

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-fire-0403-20110403,0,3242184.column

  • In reply to cesba:

    thanks for the link! Pretty nice story, but even better that Kass has a pretty big readership at the Trib.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Also, last year the team would have collapsed against FC Dallas -- instead they came back and scored.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Done deal......DeRO to New York for Tchani, Borman, and 1st rd pick....

    http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2011/04/tfc-acquires-two-de-rosario

  • I agree the work rate is amazing. But its also the way the attacking players are working together. Look at Puerari's goal. Chaves is great at getting the ball upfield to Puerari who made his little run because he trusted that Chaves would get it to him. Last year, if that pass was made at all, Puerari would have been by himself going forward and the defense would have smothered him. This year, Puerari takes the pass and then Chaves loops back to the middle makes a parallel run toward goal. At the same time,Nyarko makes a run up the outside. Puerari has three options, shoot or pass to either Chaves or Nyarko. Because Chaves and Nyarko make their runs with Puerari, he only has one man to beat and then is 1 v. 1 with the keeper. Seriously, that team work didn't happen last year. This is just one example, but the work rate combined with the team work is giving us more posession and more options. Its fabulous to watch.

  • Don't forget Frankowski and Wanchope.

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