Archive for August 2011

Fire v Toronto FC Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Anibaba, Gibbs, Segares M Pappa, Nyarko, Pause, Pardo, Grazzini F Oduro, Nyarko Bench: Conway, Cuesta, Husidic, Paladini, Barouch, Chaves, Nazirit Toronto FC GK Kocic D Eckersley, Iro, Frings, Borman M Stinson, de Guzman, Marosevic F Martina, Johnson, Plata Bench: Frei, Harden, Morgan, Robinson, Dunfield, Sturgis, Yourassowsky

Fire v Toronto FC Match Preview

Toronto FC is 4-0-2 in their last six matches in all competitions including a 2-1 win in Champion’s League play over Tauro FC in Panama on Tuesday night and a 1-0 home victory over Real Salt Lake last weekend.  They are 1-2-2 in their last five MLS matches but they’re a paltry 0-7-6 on the... Read more »

Kings of the Cup

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The US Open Cup semi-final on August 30 gives the Fire a chance to salvage something out of the 2011 season.  Watch this video for a trip down memory lane and a review of the four previous USOC victories.  Ah….good times.
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Fire 1 DC United 1 - Recap and Ratings

Fire 1 DC United 1 - Recap and Ratings
Incredibly, the Fire haven’t won an MLS home game in almost five months.  The last home victory on March 26 seems light years away as frustrations continue to mount in Bridgeview.  The one glaring bright spot is the continued impressive play of mid season acquisition Sebastian Grazzini, who seems to be the playmaker that the... Read more »

Fire v DC United Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Cuesta, Anibaba, Segares M Pause, Pardo, Pappa, Grazzini F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Conway, Mikulic, Paladini, Husidic, Barouch, Nazirit, Chaves DC United GK Hamid D Kitchen, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard M Najar, Simms, King, Pontius F DeRosario, Davies Bench: Cronin, Wolff, Brettschneider, Quaranta, da Luz, White, Burch

Vote Early, Vote Often.....This is Chicago

I’d like to interrupt the Fire’s quest to obliterate the all time record for draws in a season to indulge in a little shameless self promotion.  This blog has been named one of the finalists in the sports category for CBS 2 Chicago’s contest to determine Chicago’s Most Valuable Bloggers. Thanks to all who nominated... Read more »
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Fire v DC United Match Preview

In a battle of two teams that seem to be travelling in opposite directions late in the 2011 season the Fire are hoping to keep their faint playoff hopes on life support by winning at home for only the second time this year in regular season play.  It won’t be easy given the incredible roll... Read more »

Monday Notes (and NYRB ratings)

Here a few stories and tidbits to share in the aftermath of a single season league record tying 14th draw over the weekend. Kellen Gulley has reported to Toyota Park and has begun training with his new teammates.  The Fire’s second Home Grown Player is highly regarded by some scouts but his hairdo leaves a... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Anibaba, Cuesta, Segares M Pappa, Pardo, Pause, Nyarko, Grazzini F Oduro Bench: Conway, Mikulic, Bone, Paladini, Barouch, Nazirit, Chaves Red Bulls GK Konopka D Albright, Marquez, Ream, Miller M Lindpere, Tainio, McCarty, Ballouchy, Richards F Henry Bench: Horwath, Keel, Mendes, Auvray, Rooney, Hertzog, Agudelo
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Fire v Red Bulls Match Preview

Two teams with lengthy winless runs in MLS play face off at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.  The Fire, winless in their last eight (0-3-5) and the Red Bulls who are in the midst of a five game drought (0-3-2) are both looking for answers to questions which have plagued both sides all season.... Read more »