Weekend Notes

MLS has scaled down the schedule this weekeend in light of international fixtures but the Fire have returned to training ahead of their upcoming match on Wednesday against FC Dallas.  With the US Open Cup Final behind them the Fire can focus on winning their last three matches, a likely requirement for MLS playoff qualification. 

The Brimstone Cup will also be at stake after a 1-1 draw to start the season against the Hoops.  Dallas has held possession of the Cup since 2002 but a recent run of bad form threatens a return to Chicago.  More importantly, a win against Dallas on Wednesday will move the Fire back to within three points of New York and Houston. 

In the only match of playoff consequnce this weekend Philadelphia travels to Seattle on Saturday.  The Union can retake first place in the East with a win and essentially cement a playoff berth although  I think a win in Seattle isn't likely.  A loss will keep Philadelphia within reach of the chasers.  Here's a look at what the competitors for playoff positioning have left along with the current standing of each:

Sporting Kansas City - 45 points, first place in the East, +7 goal differential

Remaining matches: New York, @DC United

Philadelphia - 44 points, second in the East, +7 goal differential

Remaining matches: @Seattle, Toronto FC, @New York

Columbus Crew - 44 points, third in the East, -3 goal differential

Remaining matches: @New England, @Chicago

FC Dallas - 46 points, #7 playoff seed, +2 goal differential

Remaining matches: @Chicago, Vancouver, @San Jose

Colorado - 45 points, #8 playoff seed, +2 goal differential

Remaining matches: Real Salt Lake, @Vancouver

Houston - 43 points, #9 playoff seed, 0 goal differential

Remaining matches: @Portland, Los Angeles

New York - 43 points, #10 playoff seed, +7 goal differential

Remaining matches: @Sporting KC, Philadelphia

Portland - 40 points, currently team #11, -6 goal differential

Remaining matches: Houston, @DC United, @Real Salt Lake

DC United - 38 points, currently team #12, 0 goal differential

Remaining matches: @Vancouver, Chicago, Portland, Sporting KC

Chicago - 37 points, currently team #13, 0 goal differential

Remaining matches: FC Dallas, @DC United, Columbus

There are some plausible scenarios that could see the Fire working their way into the playoffs but they will need some help.  Of course, it all depends on their ability to win on Wednesday, pick up all three points, and recapture the Brimstone Cup. 

CF97 Anniversary This Weekend

The Chicago Fire and Section 8 Chicago are celebrating the anniversary date of the club's introduction at the Toyota Park stadium club on Saturday 8 at 5:00 p.m.  The event will include a lamb roast provided by Greek Islands, a live DJ, classic Fire games on DVD and fun and games for all ages. Entrance to the event, which includes the buffet, is $15 and will serve as a fundraiser for the Chicago Fire Foundation.  For tickets click here.

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  • Kyle Beckerman has been suspended for the last 2 games of RSL's season for the headbutt thrown at Daniel Paladini last week.

  • Say it ain't so, Ras Trent...I mean Kyle Beckerman!

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/40968/saturday-night-live-snl-digital-short-ras-trent

  • The time for a team like the fire to gain interest in Chicago is when the bears hawks and bulls are shut down. Now that things seem to be a little better many fans are focused on other sports. From the lack of publicity in the preseason to the de Los cabos experiment and klopas coaching literally his first outdoor game in his life the season has been very interesting. I personally hope the Andy either sells the team which could happen or he clears house and brings in a technical staff that has a hint of how to organize a mls squad. I mAde a huge mistake that I would like to take back when I was convinced by the head of publicity to renew my tickets. I promised myself that I would renew inly if klopas was history. Unfortunately I should have waited. I try to use the tickets for my Hispanic customers but it is hard to generate any interest so I give the tickets to the little kids in the neighborhood and hope they can convience their parents to take them to a game.let's hope that massive changes are made and we can generate like Portland, Philly, Seattle. LA and Kansas city it would be fun

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    I don't see Hauptman selling or a complete overhaul in the technical staff happening either. The big question this offseason will be whether Klopas maintains a dual role as techincal director/coach or if they decide to bring in another new manager. 6-1-1 in their last 8 matches is more than just a little bit better. The key for any coach next season, whether it's Klopas or someone else is having Grazzini and Pardo for the whole year.

  • The thought of klopas back is very sad. Can you imagine any other Chicago club sticking with a manager that has won so few games. If the fire were in almost any other country he and the entire technical staff would be driving cabs.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    I personally would like to see Klopas back solely as coach with Jeffries continuing in his current role... I think the moves made this year have been good and Frank has been solid and grown into his role with many of the players like Gibbs, Logan and Oduro sounding appeals hoping he stays.

    Frank is is 6-4-10 in the league, had us in the Cup Final and just outside the playoffs with three games left. Given the rebuilding nature of this year, that is phenomenal and the team will be in a very good spot going into next season.

    I hope Andrew keeps it the way it is with maybe small changes for others on the coaching staff.

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    Please sign Graz to a long term deal. Next, give Pardo an extension. Finally, It would be nice if we added some defensive help in the middle to partner up with Gibbs. I am just not convince Anibaba has it all sealed up back there. By now, Toronto has found out they have been fleeced. Gargan looks as if he could play the position opposite Sega for a few years. Midfield is better now, but still too thin.

  • One thing that most business learn early on is to never repeat a mistake. Frank has proved to be one of the most ubseccessful gm's in the league. If old Andy repeats the mistake that he made last year and stays with a management team that has produced absolutely nothing he is a very poor business man. Let's use an example of the Chicago hawks. When bill wirts died the team was going no where. When his son finally took over and replaced the pulford regime with new experienced management the hawks reversed their image in the city and are sold out every game. This is the type of move that Andy should make.

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