FC Polls : Man of the Match

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  • Wow I hope its true Eric Wynalda the "New Coach Of The Chicago-Fire."
    Was very good as a player, played for The Fire and US National Team
    and has The Soccer Knowlege and Experience and understands MLS.
    "Lets all shout Adi'os Carlos de los Cobos.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I don't think he's had any conversations with anyone about the coaching gig since early 2010 before DLC was hired. He's just saying it's a job he would definitely want if it became available.

    He would be interesting to say the least.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    One way or another, the Fire would get a lot more attention with him as coach. It'd be great to see Harkes do a pregame interview with him!

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Now THAT would be interesting!

  • In reply to Modibo:

    what about Chris Armas? is he coaching anywhere now?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    I think Chris Armas works at his old high school in New York. I think his plan was to coach his kids at the same school he played. Not sure if that is still true.

    I think Wynalda would be terrific for the Fire. On the old Fox Football Fone In show he would often wear a Fire jersey. I think he was a volunteer coach for one of the US National youth teams, but I'm not sure about that. Would he give up his "Soccer Night in America" gig to coach. Why wopuld anyone want to stay doing that.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Eric Wynalda was a Center Forward and a true Goal Scorer
    somone that can coach the Fire to be a team that we can
    all be proud of again.
    Tired of listening to DLC lame excuses the results just aren't there and a change needs to be made before another season is lost.
    We have good players just need a better coach that can produce results and be a unifying motivational force to the players.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I totally agree.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    new rumor going around

    columbian playmaker Giovanni Hernandez is looking at chicago fire

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Count,
    Hernandez may be looking but there is no truth to the rumor of interest on the Fire's part. Giovanni Hernandez is not on the Fire's radar according to a reliable source.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    New episode of Extra Time Radio.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/extratime

    Simon Borg thinks good things are ahead for the Fire but he thinks Paladini should remain in the line up over Pause. Interesting.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i actually think that paladini should stay in the lineup. he seems more of a box to box midfielder. pause is more of a stay back defense first mid.

  • In reply to cesba:

    You don't replace the captain with someone that has only played 3 games for us. Why can't they both be in there? Paladini can play more freely instead of having to have his main focus on the defensive end. If CDLC replaces Pause with Paladini then he needs to go.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    i am not so worried about who plays D-mid, but i think they should try Bone at A-mid, put puerari back at forward, and give Bone the freedom to make mistakes. (dont yank him just because he makes a bad pass or something - as long as he is involved and working in the offense, let him play) at A-mid he should not have as much defensive responsibility anyways

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    If you exclude back passes when Paladini and Bone were both unmarked i.e. pointless back passes and just looked at Paladini's pass completion rate to Bone's pass completion rate, I would think that Bone's rate would be far higher. To me that is even more impressive considering his passes for the most part were attempted in far tighter spaces and put the Fire in better attacking positions. Paladini works really hard and is a good player, Bone has a far better upside offensively. I think DLC makes our players feel as if they make a mistake that they will be yanked. Kind of like a relief pitcher throwing a ball for Lou Pinella.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    apparently rumor has it nazarit scored in the reserve game today.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Nazirit scored on a nice finish early and looked ok but you can tell he still needs to gain full fitness.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Does he need 3 months to be in soccer shape like Nery Castillo? ;)

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Longoria, Nery's still trying to get into soccer shape.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    coquito....I was joking around with the Castillo reference.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Longoria, I wish I was joking. If you can't tell, I'm still a little bitter about the Castillo experience. :)

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    coquito....I feel your pain. Castillo was a failure and the biggest bust in MLS history. He was the Milton Bradley of soccer, paid a lot of money to do nothing and both of them were unliked by the fans.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    That's a perfect description.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Watched the Fire reserves tie K.C. 1-1 in a game the Fire should have won.
    The Fire started what I thought would be a fairly strong lineup,
    Duffy, Robinson, Sirboe, Rivas, Ristic, Pineda, Wahl, Mikulic, Husidic, with Barouch and Nazirit
    on top. With the exception of Wahl, this could be a starting lineup for the first team.
    Seemingly, Orr and Nazirit work well together, with Orr setting up Nazirit for a goal in the 11th. minute.
    Although K.C. had slightly more possession than the Fire, the Fire had the better of the play at least until a defensive lapse and a wind assisted goal tied the game at approximately the 42nd. minute.
    The standout player for the Fire in the first half was Pineda, then followed by Barouch and Nazirit.
    The second half was totally dominated by K.C. with a great edge in possession.
    They looked pretty much like the first team displaying the same erratic and disorganized play in the midfield. The work effort was there but the coordination wasn't. Nazirit was taken off in the 69th. minute repaced by Ferrari who isn't ready for prime time.
    While both Ristic and Husidic played hard their passing was inconsistant. Most of the play was in the Fire backfield or midfield. Duffy probably had more touches on the ball than did the forwards,
    not because he was being hammered with shots from K.C., but passes back from the defense when pressuered.
    K.C. wasn't all that dangerous even with having a great edge in possession, but appeared to be much better organized team wise than the Fire and seemingly adjusted to the high winds more effectively.
    To be fair the Fire put in an academy player in the second half, then later put in Ferrari, which may have added to the confusion.
    It's too bad the Fire doesn't promote the Reserve games, team can use the support.
    Although I wasn't pleased with the score and the midfield play, I appreciated the chance to see Pineda
    play a full game and he seems to be the real deal.
    Spacing and playing off the ball still seem to plague the Fire, but with Pineda (18), Orr (19) and
    Nazirit (20) the future may be brighter.
    For those who wonder why Ristic, Husidic, and Ferrari are not starting, if they saw today's game they would understand why.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Ristic's passing was a bit spotty late in the second half from the left back spot but he was decent before then. Pineda usually plays at holding mid but he looked pretty good on the left in the second half.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    can't believe no one has commented on the fact that you have included Conway on this poll. you are one funny guy! ;)

  • In reply to Drew:

    I was waiting for it ;)

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I would say yes

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    What do you think, will Nazirit travel to Philly?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Count, I agree with you 100 percent with Corben Bone. That is why the Fire drafted him in the first round for a reason. As for the meantime, I prefer Paladini at defending mid, at least he can move the ball forward and defend. Put Puerari where he belongs with Chaves and start Nazarit at outside midfielder and have Oduro come off the bench.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    My lord would old Eric look good as the coach of the Fire. Has anyone from the front office checked the standings. The fire is tied for second to last in the entire MLS. If they are thinking about replacing De Los Cabos whey not remove the main problem Klopas.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I'm all for bringing the Bademeister to Lake Michigan. I think he brings a lot to the table. Maybe the next Jason Kreis.

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