Archive for May 2012

Timbers 2 Fire 1 - Recap and Ratings

Two steps forward and one step back. After a successful week against two of the best clubs in the league the Fire can’t seem to get over the hump when an opportunity to stay on pace with the Eastern Conference leaders presents itself.  The latest setback, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a struggling... Read more »

Fire v Timbers match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares M Pause, Pardo, Pappa, Grazzini F Oduro, Nyarko Bench: Tornaghi, Watson-Siriboe, Jumper, Paladini, Robayo, Puppo, Barouch Timbers GK Perkins D Chabala, Mosquera, Brunner, Smith M Songo’o, Chara, Palmer, Wallace F Nagbe, Boyd Bench: Bendik, Horst, Alexander, Alhassan, Zizzo, Fucito, Perlaza

Fire v Timbers match preview

The Portland Timbers comes into this match attempting to reverse their early season struggles.  The second year MLS club sits at the bottom of the Western Conference table with only 9 points earned through their first ten games played.  A 0-0 draw in Houston on Tuesday night marked their fourth consecutive match without scoring a... Read more »
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Friedrich out 3-4 weeks/Rolfe, Robayo news & more

After enjoying off days on Monday and Tuesday the Fire resumed training today ahead of a Sunday visit to Portland to face the Timbers, a team they lost to twice last season.  They’ll be without central defender Arne Friedrich for a while though.  The World Cup veteran left Saturday’s match against Sporting Kansas City with... Read more »

Fire 2 Sporting Kansas City 1 - Recap and Ratings

The Fire continued their dominance against Sporting Kansas City with a victory over the Eastern Conference leaders that draws them to within reach of the team that started the campaign 7-0.  The win places them six points behind the first place club with one game in hand and could be the impetus needed to start... Read more »

Fire v Sporting Kansas City match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares M Pause, Pardo, Grazzini, Pappa F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Tornaghi, Gargan, Jumper, Paladini, Robayo, Barouch, Puppo SKC GK Nielsen D Myers, Collin, Besler, Harrington M Cesar, Zusi, Espinoza, Convey F Sapong, Kamara Bench: Kempin, Aiyegbusi, Olum, Nagamura, Peterson, Bunbury, Dwyer
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Fire v Sporting Kansas City match preview

This is a pretty big game and it has nothing to do with perceived or imaginary rivalries.  In an attempt to manufacture a midwestern enemy, the former Kansas City Wizards organization has been touting the Fire as the club’s “rival” for the better part of the last two seasons.  Their rebranding efforts spurned a promotion... Read more »

Fire 0 Real Salt Lake 0 - Recap and Ratings

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On a night that featured CJ Brown’s Ring of Fire induction officially cementing him into a place of permanent honor among the club’s all-time best, the Fire and Real Salt Lake played to a fairly uneventful 0-0 draw.  After a decent showing in the first half by the home side, RSL clamped down and slowed... Read more »

Fire v Real Salt Lake Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Friedrich, Berry, Segares M Pause, Pardo, Pause, Grazzini F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Tornaghi, Anibaba, Jumper, Paladini, Robayo, Barouch, Puppo RSL GK Reynish D Beltran, Olave, Schuler, Wingert M Grabavoy, Morales, Beckerman, Steele F Saborio, Paulo Jr. Bench: Fernandez, Borchers, Tanaka, Alvarez, Gil, Velasquez, Bonfigli  
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Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview plus Brown ROF, Rolfe update, and Pappa in form

The Fire will play two of the best teams in MLS over the next 4 days at Toyota Park.  After a last minute road victory against Chivas USA on Friday night the club will face a stiffer test which should provide a bit more insight on how good the current version of the Chicago Fire... Read more »