Archive for April 2011

Have Your Say : Chicago Sting 1981 Champions 30th Anniversary

As part of our “Have Your Say” theme this summer, FireStingDoug will be looking back at key moments in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Sting’s 1981 championship season.  Here’s the first post……… “The Sting’s home opener in 1981 was played on April 18th at Wrigley field against the Minnesota Kicks in front of 18,181 fans.... Read more »

Galaxy 2 Fire 1 - Recap and Ratings

All of the promise and optimism generated by an enthusiastic start to the season during the first three matches seems to have been wiped away just as quickly by an error prone Fire defense whose latest disappointment includes today’s home loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy B squad.  The Fire can cling to the fact... Read more »

Fire v Galaxy Match Day

Starting Line Ups (with some changes and surprises on both sides) Fire GK Conway D Anibaba, Mikulic, Gibbs, Segares M Pappa, Videira, Pause, Paul F Chaves, Puerari Bench : Johnson, Cuesta, Nyarko, Paladini, Ristic, Barouch, Oduro Galaxy GK Ricketts D Hejduk, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Dunivant M Birchall, Stephens, Cardozo, Magee F Barrett, Lopez Bench : Perk,... Read more »

Fire v Galaxy Match Preview

After an unsuccessful two game Pacific Northwest road trip the Fire are back home in need of a victory against an undermanned Los Angeles Galaxy side. David Beckham, Juninho, Jovan Kirovski, and most importantly Landon Donovan will all be missing when the match kick offs at 3 pm. The Galaxy have struggled offensively even with... Read more »

Timbers 4 Fire 2 - Recap and Ratings

The sign of a good team is it’s ability to persevere and bouce back from adversity.  Quality teams maintain a positive and level approach through good stretches and bad.  Much of the conversation surrounding the 2011 Fire has centered around the improved mental attitude of the team, a renewed unity and focus, and early results... Read more »

Fire v Timbers Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Gibbs, Robinson, Segares M Pappa, Pause, Videira, Nyarko F Puerari, Chaves Bench : Conway, Cuesta, Ristic, Maric, Oduro, Paul, Barouch Timbers GK Gleeson D Purdy, Brunner, Danso, Wallace M Hall, Jewsbury, Marcelin, Alhassan F Perlaza, Cooper Bench : Guppy, Goldthwaite, Nagbe, Zizzo, Johnson, Moffat, Pore

Fire v Timbers Match Preview

The Fire will face an old nemesis in forward Kenny Cooper who always seemed to manage a goal against Chicago while playing for FC Dallas.  Cooper is Portland’s main offensive weapon and tallied the Timbers first ever MLS goal on opening night against Colorado.  He’s joined up top by 25 year old Colombian Jorge Perlaza.  Perlaza... Read more »

Pre Match Training News and Notes

A few notes and tidbits after a conference call with Carlos De Los Cobos going into the Portland Timbers first MLS home match : Although he’s not listed on the inury report, Josip Mikulic remains in Chicago nursing the quad injury he sustained last week.  His status is yet unknown for the Los Angeles match... Read more »

Updated Injury Report - Portland

MLS has released the updated inury report and the Fire only list two players. CHICAGO FIRE — OUT: MF Mike Banner (L Achilles tendinitis); DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles repair) PORTLAND TIMBERS — OUT: FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); FW Brian Umony (R knee MCL sprain); DF David Horst (R ankle sprain); GK Troy... Read more »

Nyarko Injury Apparently Not Serious

Good news on the Patrick Nyarko injury situation. The extent of the injury is apparently just a bad bruise and he was able to resume training this morning.  Nyarko expects to be available for the Thursday night match in Portland. The team is en route to Portland to resume training tomorrow.