Fire v Dynamo Match Day

Starting Line Ups


GK Conway

D Anibaba, Mikulic, Cuesta, Segares

M Nyarko, Pause, Husidic, Pappa

F Oduro, Chaves

Bench : Johnson, Robinson, Paladini, Ristic, Videira, Barouch, Puerari


GK Hall

D Freeman, Hainault, Boswell, Ashe

M Cruz, Palmer, Cameron, Davis

F Bruin, Weaver

Bench : Deric, Chabala, Robinson, Sarkodie, Clark, Watson, Garey


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  • oduro starting instead of puerari? like the husidic start. looks like gibbs must be too injured to make the 18

    hope this works

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Puerari had a flu/cold which limited him this week. Gibbs is not recovered from the hamstring issue.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    1st half thoughts:

    -giving up way too many corners. so far with cuesta in, they seem to be defending them better, but still a few close ones making me uneasy

    -why is chavez playing so deep? he is behind a lot of the midfielders sometimes

    -when our forwards press the houston defense good things happen.

    -still having problems keeping good possession at times. husidic instead of vidiera not harming the team, but hasnt made much happen yet either

    -fire set pieces suck. they should just forget even trying short-corners, because i havent seen one they've tried yet this year thats even had half a chance of creating anything

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Decent first half for the Fire as Chaves strikes again for his fourth goal of the year.

    Corners are 8-4 Houston. Davis is too dangerous on set pieces to continue to allow chances.

    Chaves is playing behind Odruo in hopes of springing him past the Houston defense. He came back a little too far after the goal which caused the Fire loss of possesion for a stretch.

    Husidic has been more active than Videira.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    final 30 minutes were just painful to watch

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    CDLC went to defensive to early imo, but then again if he didn't people would ask why. I am not a fan of going defensive when your only up 1 nil. I would have kept husidic and anibaba in and subbed oduro earlier then change as needed down the stretch like maybe ristic for pappa or nyarko who both looked to be getting tired.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Agree with Tone. We looked so very good, and then so bad. I thought taking out Baggio was a
    mistake. Completely disappointed in a tie that should have been a win. We were inches away from a second goal when Ordoro hit the post.
    At least we can be capable of dominant play, now o
    It's time to win games.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    If this team keeps blowing great breakway chances and keep allowing goals on set plays , the season is going to get away from them.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I'm going to just put this out there: We need Paladini out there for some set piece chances.

    -Pappa's set piece abilities are SEVERELY lacking this season. I don't know how many times he put a set piece squarely into a defenders head, w/o even clearing the front Houston line.

    -Baggio w/ the start was a good switch. He played well, created some flow that had been lacking a bit. Videira is a hard working player, but he lacks some of the spark Baggio brought to the midfield. I think he won the starting job back tonight. Solid 65 mins.

    -Oduro was a good switch w/ Puerari being weak from the flu. You could see a difference in Chaves play as a result of Oduro being in though. Seemed like the first time Chaves got into a groove was when he scored. Before that, it was like he was a half step behind.

    -Cuesta was solid. He seemed to work well in the middle w/ Mikulic. And Mikulic was crazy tough, really aggressive tonight. Loved seeing that. Jalil and Gonzo were decent on the defensive wings, but not outstanding.

    -I don't like saying this, but I think Dasan coming in was a mistake. I really like DR, but he seems to have a real motivation issue when he gets on the pitch. He always seems like he's moving at half speed. I know he's not crazy-fast, but he has come off lackadaisical on more than one occasion, tonight included. I think CDLC needs to consider someone else as a 5th defender on the backline.

    Didn't see who had Boswell marked on the corner, but there's just no reason to have given up that goal. Especially late in the game like that. Very reminiscent of 2010. First half we looked good, but second half definitely belonged to Houston. Heard many reports of guys hanging heads in the locker room, saying this felt like a loss. I agree. Dropping a goal in the 82nd minute definitely deflated the team, visibly, and left everyone feeling like the game got thrown away. The feeling was palpable in the stadium.

    On to the next one.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    This game was squarely on CDLC's shoulders tonight. Taking off Anibaba and putting on a Robinson was a huge mistake. It gave our already slow back line even less speed and we became ultra defensive from that sub to the end of the match. Vidiera and Husidic are basically the same player so that wasnt a problem but putting on Gaston should have happened at the 70 minute mark for Orduro or not at all. 2 minutes before that switch, Chaves was cramping up and completely out of gas. He should have put on Barrouch for Chavez and have him sit in behind Oduro and hold up the ball. 2 more points dropped at home...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    And why the hell is Conway in goal. The only reason he should be in there is if Johnson is hurt. He looks like he is in pain whenever he has to move and when he dives/falls to the ground its like he is a 50 year old man. He offers nothing better than Johnson and is just killing the confidence of Johnson. Whoever made that decision to go to him made a terrible mistake that could hurt us for the rest of the year when they decide to go back to Johnson. Conway does not give us a better chance to win.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I'm willing to bet that CDLC goes w/ Johnson against Colorado. I can't imagine Conway getting the nod vs. the defending MLS champs.

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