Archive for April 2012

Rolfe returns to the Fire

The Fire have made it official.  Forward Chris Rolfe is returning to the club and will be available for selection this coming Saturday against Toronto FC.  After departing for Aalborg BK of the Danish Superliga in 2009, Rolfe scored 6 goals in 32 matches over three seasons although the injury bug that plagued him from... Read more »

Fire reserves win 1-0 / New striker on the way

The Fire reserves defeated Houston 1-0 on a 7th minute goal from Federico Puppo.  The goal came after Puppo settled an errant clearance pass to beat Tyler Deric amid claims from the Houston side that the ball was handled before the Uruguayan forward was able to score. Gusting winds made the game an ugly one... Read more »

Fire 1 Dynamo 1 - Recap and Rain Shortened Ratings

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A match that included a 70 minute delay due to rain and lightning was stopped again after a second delay halted the game in the 66th minute with the score tied at one.  With no foreseeable break in the downpour coming for at least several hours the match was called in order to maintain the... Read more »

Fire v Dynamo Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Segares, Anibab, Friedrich, Gargan M Pause, Pardo, Grazzini, Pappa F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Tornaghi, Berry, Jumper, Paladini, Robayo, Puppo, Barouch Dynamo GK Hall D Hainault, Cameron, Boswell, Taylor M Watson, Sturgis, Camargo, Ashe F Ching, Bruin Bench: Deric, Creavelle, Sarkodie, Dixon, Carr, Kandji, Weaver

Fire v Dynamo Match Preview

Needless to say, winning home matches against Eastern Conference competition vying for one of five playoff spots is imperative.  Especially against short handed Eastern Conference teams missing three of their four starting midfielders over the first three matches of the season.  Simply put the Fire need all three points in this one. Despite the losses in... Read more »

Dominic Oduro is fast / Podcast Episode 3

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The headline states the obvious but the latest episode of Touchline TV asks the question, “Can Oduro outrun Fire staffers Jeff Crandall and Brendan Hannan in a forty yard dash – with a five yard head start?”. The answer is pretty much what you would expect it to be, except funnier. Fire Confidential podcast Episode... Read more »

Gibbs out 4-6 months

Cory Gibbs, the Fire’s 2011 Defender of the Year will miss the next 4-6 months after undergoing surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.  The 32 year old defender has a history that includes a knee injury in 2005 that caused him to miss considerable time at Feyenoord, a torn ACL... Read more »

Fire defeat Louisville; Friedrich debuts

The Fire defeated the University of Louisville 1-0 in a friendly match this morning but the biggest story of the day was the game debut of defender Arne Friedrich.  The 32 year old World Cup veteran played very well in central defense moving freely, winning balls in the air, and vocally making his presence felt... Read more »

Fire re-sign Nyarko

The Fire have announced a contract extension for Patrick Nyarko.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the 26 year old’s current MLS deal expired at the end of the 2012 season and the club felt it was important to retain him going forward. Whether playing in midfield or as a forward Nyarko was... Read more »

Rapids 2 Fire 0 - Recap and Ratings

During a weekend that saw the Eastern Conference display surprising dominance over their Western counterparts, the Fire were presented with an opportunity to make a statement.  A win could have moved them into second place in the Eastern table trailing only Sporting Kansas City.  Granted, it’s too early in the season to seriously look at... Read more »