Fire Open Reserve League Season with a Win

The Fire reserves got off to a good start in MLS Reserve League play by defeating the Houston Dynamo reserves 3-0 at the Toyota  Park practice field on Sunday morning.  The run of play favored the Fire in the first half before a sometimes chippy and somewhat disjointed second half which saw both sides get a look at several young academy players. 

The Fire's starting eleven consisted of Sean Johnson in goal with Bratislav Ristic, Mike Videira, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, and Pari Pantazopoulos in the back from right to left.  Midfield featured Corben Bone on the right, Davis Paul on the left, and Daniel Paladini and Martin Rivas in the middle. 

Rivas, who was one of the final cuts in training camp, moved up to a withdrawn forward role for most of the first half allowing Orr Barouch to slot into a central midfield role.  Gabriel Ferrari was impressive at the forward spot scoring the Fire's first goal and setting up the first of two scores from Rivas. 

Pari Pantazopoulos and Sean Johnson also stood out for the Fire.  Pantazopoulos set up the third goal with a nice run from the back and lead ball setting up Rivas.  Johnson was strong in the air and made several nice diving stops to keep Houston off the board.

Fire Academy players Manny Rios, Peter Beasley, and Brady Wahl were second half substitutes.  Here's the complete run down.

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  • Who coaches the reserve team?

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    Leo Percovich on game days but DLC is sitting right next to him.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Maybe Leo Percovich should be given the chance to
    coach The Next Two Fire A Team games and pick the
    starting Line ups and lets see what happens.
    It is obvious that Carlos is not getting the Job
    done and a change needs to be made before it is
    too late and We Miss The Pay Offs For The Second time in a row.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Why isnt Ristic playing on the 1st team and also Kwame should be in the mix with Annibaba as they are young and very athletic and we are a young and rebuilding team and don't seem to be going anywhere with our current team thus far anyways!

    Hopefully also Paladini can sub into some games as well for the 1st team.

  • In reply to smiley:

    They see Ristic as an outside midfielder and those positions are occupied by Pappa and Nyarko.

  • In reply to smiley:

    I heard rumors that former Real Madrid center midfielder Guti wouldn't mind coming to MLS later this year. Fire need a player at that position.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Diago Chavez is a great player I would like to see him in the Central Midfield Role and Papa,Pause and Nyarko rounding out
    the Middle. Puerari,Barouch and Oduro on top and if that doesn't work try Ferari and Rivas in place of Barouch.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I would have Oduro and Chavez up front with Gaston as our No.10. yep I said it. He would be perfect to be our next No.10. Given the correct opportunity.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    i would like to see paladini get a start and pappa sit on the bench next game. pappa really needs to start getting his head back into the game.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Can't see that one happening. Pappa had a decent game on Saturday but his free kicks and corners have been sub par all season.

  • In reply to cesba:

    don't forget about his lack of motivation to track back and cover the runner on the wing.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    We don't have Pappa on our team because of his defensive abilities. Saturday was Pappa's best game for a long while. He was very dangerous with the ball and beating people and serving a ball in. That is why he is on the team.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    so what your saying is that because he won't track back to cover for the opposing full back making runs, than we should expect opposing teams to attack down his side since he doesn't play defence? how come nyarko can track back and cover those runs and still look dangerous on the attack?

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    So what your saying is that Pappa has no business being on this team and should only come off the bench for the last 15 min only if were losing.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    hey if we are winning then i have no problem with that, because apparently it has not been working these past 4 games.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Klopas' scouting report on Houston's Koke.......

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/soc/7538479.html

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Even if I don't have "hard data" to support my point, I'd still rather see Baggio start. There were other factors in the attack against Dynamo looking great early on yet Baggio was part of it. I'm not calling for a coaching change, but I will say that last year Umanzor getting starts over Krol was a problem. (Even if Krol was a locker room problem.) So my point is, I question the fact that Baggio had not been playing.
    Three forwards also makes sense to me, DC, GP, and Ordro. Whatever CLDC does, I want him to figure it out, I don't want to see the same near miss, game slips away results.
    And yeah, if Ordoro's kick had gone in, the team would be in better shape.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Sam's thoughts on some issues.........

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/04/fire-finishing-issues-still-sore-spot

  • In reply to cesba:

    my thoughts on the husidic line, is why didn't he put in pladini then and keep the attacking element? Why put in vidiera when we know it hasn't worked.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Looking at the stats trying to make sense off what's going on with the team I noticed Fire has the highes away attendance average, Galaxy following closely. Just takes me back when Blanco would play and Fire had one year the highest away average thru the whole season...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Is that just away attendance per game? Or attendance per game compared to the average at that stadium?

    Because we've played at Seattle and at sold out Portland so it wouldn't surprise me that we've played in front of more away fans than any other team. And I know LA also played at Seattle.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Ouch. Can't say we've done anything to deserve otherwise.

    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/42038/galaxy-red-bulls-impress-chivas-usa-on-rise.html

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Ouch indeed but Chivas USA and TFC aren't better than the Fire, although that ain't nothing to brag about.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think we got heady after results against Dallas and SKC. Dallas is pulling out of it. SKC is still in a funk. I'm almost afraid of the Vancouver game. Another poor showing (at home) against an expansion franchise and we're goners.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Losing at home against Vancouver would be disastrous and inexcusable. Don't forget they probably deserved a result in Seattle.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Honestly, I think we've deserved a result in every game except Portland. If either Puerari or Gonzo finishes one of those breakaways against LA, we just park and counter, and probably come away with three points.

    I'm not giving up on this season yet.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Thanks Ufficio for the glimmer of hope. This gloomy funk is nothing a good 3 or 4 game winning streak wouldn't solve.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    An update on Steven Kinney........

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/04/catching-kinney

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Thank you Ufficio!! So much gloom and doom so early!! A break here or there and we could be nibbling at the leaders. I think the real issue has been defense, in almost every game. Eliminate the defensive miscues and you could put another couple wins or at least ties in the bank. HOWEVER, I am still watching DLC closely to determine if he's arbitrarily messing with the line-up like last year. If Puerari is healthy he better be starting !!! Otherwise DLC and Klopas should go on the road --permanently!!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Chris Rolfe still lives.....here's proof........

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3gebJSaJ5c&feature=share

    Go to the 1:50 mark

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    isn't there anyone better the Pappa at free kicks or corners? I also liked the shape with baggio in, i think he also showed good strength, but he probably needs to hustle a bit more.

  • In reply to lijien:

    I thought Husidic was ok...provided a better option in the middle than Videira although he did sky an open look at goal before getting pulled.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I thought Bagio played great overall in that he at least tried to go forward. If you looked at each of our attacks, Bagio was almost always in the area. This forced the defense to spread out which gave Chaves, Oduro, Pappa, and Nyarko space. I chalk up Bagio's sky ball to sitting all season. His eyes must have been as big as the ball before he shot. Last year, he nails that goal. How much time is CDLC going to be given? I see this team heading down the same path as last year. Seriously, he puts in Dasan at the end of the game because Anibaba is going forward too much? As soon as Anibaba left, we stopped having any semblance of the little possession that we had. Low and behold, we give up a ludicrous goal that never should have happened. That ball should have been cleared from the box immediately. Instead it falls to an unmarked player who lofts a shot my 10 year old could have blocked without getting hurt. This season is turning into another train wreck. CDLC needs to move on. Should Frank Klopas be given a drop dead date for improvement too?

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    The hot seat is probably getting hotter.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    I forget who it was, but in the first half there was a defender who muffed the ball over the end line for a corner rather than kick it out for a throw or better, turn it up the field. There were several play-it-safe kicks out of bounds that had me miserable all night. Gonzo played ok I thought but none of the others seem to have much of a touch with the ball.
    I'm getting pessimistic about the season and questioning the wisdom of dropping big money to sit behind the goal at the ManU game.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Fire Academy round up over at HTIOT......

    http://www.hottimeinoldtown.com/2011/4/25/2091306/chicagoland-soccer-academy-roundup

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Pappa should never sit, he is our best most dangerous player.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    True - DLC would take an absolute beat down if he sat Pappa. Sure, he's not exactly going to stop anybody but as Joe points out - he's not out there for his defensive skills

  • In reply to cesba:

    If that's the case, then he really is playing out of position. Move him in just behind the fowards and play someone else out wide. That should fill the defensive hole he is leaving open.

  • In reply to dustbin:

    They've tried moving him into the middle. The problem is he's not a natural playmaker since he looks to shoot first. The even bigger problem is that he's not a good enough defender to play in front of Pause, who isn't fast enough to play in the middle without another center mid who can help on defense.

    They tried to address this problem with a 3-5-2 formation but the back line isn't stable enough to successfully play a 3-5-2 for long periods of time. Particularly against teams with speed on the wings.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Chaves and Mikulic make the MLS team of the week....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/mlssoccercom-team-week-week-6

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Guit has mentioned interest in.....wait for this one.....Los Angeles or New York.

  • In reply to smiley:

    I am very confused why we haven't seen Kwame this year... I thought he was one of our positives from a crappy season and I was excited to see what he could do this year. Can't believe we haven't seen him and Robinson is starting instead.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    He's apparently fallen behind the two starters (Mikulic and Gibbs), Robinson, and Cuesta. He did have a good outing in the Reserve game on Sunday though.

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