USOC - Fire v Rapids

The Fire take on the MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids in a US Open Cup play in game.  Jeff Crandall and Brendan Hannan are the broadcast team at Chicago-Fire.com.

Line ups

Fire

Johnson, Anibaba, Cuesta, Gibbs, Segares, Nyarko, Videira, Pause, Paul, Chaves, Puerari

Subs: Conway, Robinson, Oduro, Paladini, Bone, Barouch, Husidic

Rapids

Joyce, LaBauex, Marshall, Holody, Palgutta, Thompson, Emory, Nane, Nyassi, Akpan, Amerikwa

Subs : Armstrong, Janniere, Ceus

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  • i like it - its a mostly first-11 line up, but a few subs sprinkled in - better than having a whole new 11, but we get a good look at some others in a competitive match

  • btw - is pappa out because he is injured? or just precaution/coaches decision?

  • nm they just said he is on international duty

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    yep with Guatemala

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    first 10 minutes chicago dominating possession

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    bleh, neither team has looked dangerous - boring half so far

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    nyzrko header off a gibbs cross late in 1st half most dangerous look either team has had. shoulda been in

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    puerari with a great goal

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Love this Puerari dude.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    wheres the puerari jerseys for sale!?!? :)

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Pretty good article on the Klopas/Jeffries pairing.....

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110330/sports/799998703/

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Of course I miss the first half, and then 30 seconds after I tune in colorado scores. sheesh.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    getting chippy..

  • In reply to Adam25:

    thats colorado - they couldnt have won the MLS cup last year without the physical play

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    ANIBABABBBBBAAAAAAAAAA

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    What a shot! Screamer!

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    about 20 min left or so?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    too much long ball here, we arent keepin possession...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    probly see oduro or barouch in for puerari in a few minutes

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    getting really sloppy with te ball now

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    cmon fire, 10 min to go!

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    i gotta say, davis paul didnt impress me early on this match, but he has really improved as the game went on

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Who else likes David Paul? Didn't really like the draft pick because he wasn't what I considered an MLS quality forward, but his midfield play has looked calm and thoughtful. Nice moves and good feet. He cuts in from the left well when he needs to. Not a terrible alternative to Pappa if he's injured or on duty.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    yeah i think he can play. he was a little off in the first 30 minutes last nite - was not keeping the ball well, and wasnt passing great either. between him, and nyarko getting hammered by the colorado fullbacks, i wasnt impressed with our wing play early on

    last 10 minutes of the half, as well as most of the 2nd half he seemed to be getting open more, moving better, passing better, getting the ball moved upfield - doing things a winger should be doing.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Highlights and goals......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgLmELO5UG4

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    OK guys, I am the expert since I was AT THE GAME!! First of all the Fire did indeed dominate the first half. While they continue to interrupt great passing sequences with foolish unforced errors, the passing still looked good and is getting better. Second the score by Puerari was beautiful. His quickness and ball control will soon be recognized league-wide. Everyone in our area of the stands was contantly yelling, "Beautiful" when he was on the ball. Too bad the Fire website explained his gorgeous goal with just, ...two touches, and shot." Hardly does justice to what he did!! Third, while this may not have been the Rapids first eleven, the Fire likewise played without several key players, Mikulic and Pappa. Plus the Fire had an abundance of rookies playing whereas the Rapids have an established winning team. The front line of the Rapids was lightening quick which gave our defenders fits. However, the turning point was when the Colorado thugs resorted to the style of play that won them the Cup, pure physical aggression!! The overall "style" of the Rapids was to loft balls over our defense and have their two rockets run onto them. Sounds like youth soccer doesn't it -- unfortunately it can be effective. Everyone needs to remember that a month ago we were looking at the bottom of the standings. Now with Puerari, Chaves, Paul, and Mikulic things are definitely looking up -- at least up to a possible playoff spot. BTW Nyarko seems lost. Admittedly they had problems getting him the ball in the first half but in the second half when he was getting some action, he still seemed really flat. If he doesn't pull himself up, I would be very happy to see Paul in the starting lineup instead of him. OK have I PO'd everybody??

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Not a whole lot to take issue with there, but the Rapids did play with a complete B side.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    ANIBABA AND THE FORTY-YARD SHOT

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    that was close IMO...but win is a win...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Fire win 2-1 and advance in the USOC. Closer than it should have been against the Rapids B squad.

    Not a bad job on the call by Hannan and Crandall.

  • In reply to cesba:

    fire had a couple other really great chances at goal - puerari had one he gave right to the keeper, i thot he was gonna slot it in a corner.

    and nyarko had a open header over the bar just a minte before the first goal

    chavez is a great creative passer in the box - he and peurari have been excellent so far this season

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    almost forgot the chance for puerari that was partially defelected by colorado keeper, just a bit wide in the last minute

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    wow no husidic.. how did he get so buried on the bench?

  • In reply to lijien:

    DLC looking for defense behind Pappa in central midfield.

  • In reply to cesba:

    also vidiera has had lots of good moments - his passes sometimes are very good. other times they go straight out of bounds. husidic is a good goal poacher for a midfielder, but right now its the defense and midfield passing thats needed

  • In reply to cesba:

    Are We going to see highlights from this game?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Excellent match and big thank you to the organizers and volunteers of Section 8. It was fun to watch Gaston get his goal, Anibaba's was brilliant and Chaves made life very difficult with his creativity all night.

    This could be a very fun FIRE team to watch this year.

    Night all.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    yeah, i could sense it watching the pre-season friendlies - this team was a breath of fresh air after last season - the work rate, the movement, the teamwork. theres still some flaws to be worked out. they arent the most talented or flashiest team in the MLS, but i like what i see.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Goal highlights......

    http://centralillinoisproud.com/libraries/nxd/media/?data=media_player&v=487296

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Full match report......

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/03/final-fire-2-1-rapids

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Anibaba puts the Fire back up from DISTANCE

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    cmon fire, stay focused now

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    so far so good camera work don't get me started

  • In reply to Adam25:

    yeah, i had to stop watching, was making me sick. i do appreciate them putting this on their site, but that might be worse than a high school game on local cable tv.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    1-0 Fire at the half.

    The Fire controlled most of the possesion as they should have against Colorado's B team. Fairly uneventful until Puerari's strike puts them ahead.

    I think the Uruguayans might be able to play a little.

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