Archive for August 2011

Fire 2 Kickers 1 - Fire Reach US Open Cup Final

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The Fire earned a place in their sixth US Open Final by virtue of a 2-1 victory over a scrappy Richmond Kickers club that battled for ninety minutes.  The Seattle Sounders FC will be the opponent on October 4 in Washington after they defeated FC Dallas 1-0. The Fire are making an attempt to salvage... Read more »

US Open Cup Match Day - Fire v Kickers

The Fire will resume their pursuit of a fifth US Open Cup title tonight against the USL Pro side Richmond Kickers.  With a break in MLS play until September 10 look for Frank Klopas to field the best possible line up available.  This should be the same eleven that has won the last two matches... Read more »

Fire Reserves Suffer First Loss

The Fire reserves dropped to 4-1-1 after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rapids this morning at Toyota Park’s practice field.  The starting line up for the Fire featured a few different looks.  Here a few game notes  including an interesting appearance by a familiar face: Pari Pantazaopoulos started the match at... Read more »
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Fire 2 Rapids 0 - Recap and Ratings

A second consecutive 2-0 victory and the team’s best all around performance all season against a quality side is enough to provide some optimism and much needed confidence as the MLS season winds down.  With eight games remaining the Fire currently stand five points away from the tenth and final playoff spot but Frank Klopas... Read more »

Fire v Rapids Match Day

Staring Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Gibbs, Anibaba, Segares D Pause, Pardo, Pappa, Grazzini F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Conway, Mikulic, Husidic, Paladini, Bone, Barouch, Chaves Rapids GK Pickens D Kimura, Wynne, Marshall, Moor M Mullan, Larentowicz, Mastroeni, Thompson, Nyassi F Folan Bench: Ceus, Earls, Palguta, Nane, LaBauex, Cummings, Kandji

Fire v Rapids Match Preview

With a bit of renewed confidence and an upcoming US Open Cup semi-final match on Tuesday the Fire look to keep their slim MLS playoff hopes alive as they take on the defending MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.  The Rapids are in the midst of a busy travel week after battling to... Read more »
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Touchline TV - US Open Cup Preview

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I do enjoy these Touchline TV episodes.  They’re well put together and Brendan Hannan does a nice job hosting.   This month’s episode includes a look at the upcoming US Open Cup semi-final, and interviews with Sean Johnson and Eric Adkins..

Mid Week Notes

Saturday’s opponent, the Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 draw against Real Espana in Honduras last night in CONCACAF Champion’s League action.   Their line up included a mixture of reserves and regulars with Jeff Larentowicz, Kosuke Kimura, Wells Thompson and Omar Cummings all seeing considerable minutes.  Travel is an underplayed consideration in MLS and... Read more »

Have Your Say : This Day In 1981

FireStingDoug on the Sting’s first 1981 playoff game: “The Sting faced the Seattle Sounders at Comiskey Park in front of 14,643 fans and got on the board first on a great give and go between Pato Margetic and Charlie Fajkus.   After Margetic gave the Sting the lead, Seattle scored the next two to go... Read more »
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Fire 2 Toronto FC 0 - Recap and Ratings

Fire 2 Toronto FC 0 - Recap and Ratings
A picture perfect night in front of 12,020 fans at Toyota Park (some of which where sporting neckties in honor of the Fire’s record breaking season) and the first home victory since March 26 lifted team spirits after a ten game winless streak was finally snapped.  In a match that included defender Dan Gargan scoring... Read more »