Fire v Dynamo Match Day

Staring Line Ups


GK Johnson

D Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares

M Pause, Pardo, Nyarko, Pappa, Rolfe

F Oduro

Bench: Nolly, Friedrich, Jumper, Paladini, Barouch, Alex, Bone


GK Hall

D Hainault, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe

M Moffat, Camargo, Davis

F Garcia, Bruin, Kandji

Bench: Deric, Ching, Weaver, Sturgis, Ownby, Clark, Creavalle



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  • It's so frustrating watching Oduro.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Second half was a little rough but you've got to be happy with a point on the road in a difficult place to play.

  • Fire seem to be sitting back and waiting for their chance to pounce. While there's been more even possession, this game is playing out much like Friday's match against SKC.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    They better not play so defensive at home. I can understand playing defensive and waiting for the counter at places like KC, Houston, and the like, but this better not be the way it is at home.

  • I think there were couple very lazy plays on the Fire side when attacking, could of done a lot better to create a better scoring chance. Maybe Sunday they will come out a little bit more fresher...

  • I thought there was a lot of lazy passing, thank's for the solid defensive effort for stealing a point. The Fire attack lacked crispness
    and they gave the ball away to easily , will need to apply more offensive effort for the LA game.

  • I agree that the Fire were not crisp, but that easily could be the fact that they played Friday night in brutal heat and were playing last night in even more brutal heat and thick air. The best thing about the game last night was the great team defense. Sean Johnson did not have to single handedly save the game from getting out of hand. I really liked the way Rolfe came back and helped on D and also helped the team dig out of holes along the side lines. His ability to pass in very tight situations is wonderful. I thought Alex showed real promise. Also, if the Fire can get their legs back on Sunday, I think they can out run LA. LA is just too old to keep up with a younger, faster team. LA's defense is really suspect now with their stud on the DL. We can take this game. I think that Beckham is not suspended for our game because the suspension list came out and he was only suspended for one game. Will this be Beckham's first game in Chicago?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Beckham played in Toyota Park in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, he came in as a substitute in the 2nd half and they lost 1-0 by John Thorrington goal to clinch a playoff berth for the Fire and 2008, he started and the Fire won 3-1.


    No transfer fee, great goal scorer. Wouldn't mind seeing him at Toyota Park.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    "Forlan, 33, signed for Inter last summer from Atletico Madrid but struggled with injuries and scored only twice in his 22 appearances."

    While he really showed his stuff at the last WC, it doesn't sound like he'd be such a good deal.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    This last season at Inter was rough but he's just turned 33 and should have 2-3 good years left in him. He'd be a gamble worth taking but I suspect the price tag is way too high for Hauptman's liking.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    There is no player in the world that is going to be coming off a campaign that he has scored loads of goals and decide to come to MLS. Forlan would be one of the top 5 players in this league if he came here. He is a proven goal scorer and would terrorize defenses in this league. I agree that his price tag might be too steep but he is a great player.

    So we need to find a 25 year old that has just scored 15 goals or so in Europe or a top league around the world that is available for free and not too expensive of a salary....

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    How about a 28 year old coming off a 19 goal season in the Argentine second division who is available on a free? Unfortunately he won't come cheaply.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Is there any chance of landing Cavenaghi, are the Fire looking at him? Folran would be a good pick up but I wonder about his current fitness, the last thing we need is another signing that needs extensive fitness training before he starts.
    We need someone besides MacDonald who is ready at day one. With the current lineup we could limp through to make the playoffs, or sail through with a quality addition.
    The Fire isn't the only team looking for an upgrade and we need to stay competitive.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    There's a chance but it will take some bucks being dished out. Cavenaghi has interest from England, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil. Are they serious about him? Remember the "scouting trip" a few weeks ago? That was a trip down south to make a pitch. It doesn't seem like Cavenaghi is tipping his hand yet though.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    OK, so when is Forlan ready to play if he's signed after all his injuries and time off? By August? September? Is he the kind of player you're bringing in just to spark a playoff run while you hope your existing team will get you there? Arne Friedrich had the preseason to get in shape and we still haven't seen that much of him - an injury-prone 30-something player with impeccable international credentials. But he has shown that he WANTS to be in Chicago - what about Forlan? Would he care about MLS when he's said publicly that he wants to return to South America? Is playing for Uruguay really the thing that's the most important to him, having scored 33 international goals in 85 matches? Is he a Sough American Miroslav Klose?

    It also takes desire, not just ability, to light up a league with goals. See Matthaus, Lothar. Look, if he came, I'd be impressed with the front office's aspirations, but after a lot of DP busts in the league, it's best to look these "gift horses" in the mouth.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    All vaild concerns when you're talking about a 33 year old player that has missed some time due to injury in the most current season but the Forlan discussion is probably moot since he's not coming to MLS at this point.

    As far as Friedrich goes though....he's here in Chicago because he wanted to be here. He took short money for a player of his stature because he wanted to play in Chicago. He's missed some time due to injury but that was part of the gamble with him. That's a move I would still make again if I it had to be done over.

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    Ugh. Its tough being a supporter sometimes. I think they should have pulled Oduro off, and replaced him with Tornaghi if they really wanted to play this way. Might as well put two in the box if all your going to do is park the bus.

  • It'll be highly disappointing if Hauptman and Leon are unable to make Mr. 19-goal scorer a reality. Other MLS clubs have proven that they can bring solid, name DP's into the league, it's just a matter of not getting all Ebenezer Scrooge in the process and going after the cheap easy alternative. Especially one who is, like one before him, reluctant to even come here in the first place.

    Watching Hauptman/Leon/Petrei work with regards to signings is kinda like gas prices. They piss you the hell off, but there's not a whole lot you can do about it.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    It's just spectacularly wrong that it's just a matter of money to bring in top talent. You all saw how Shanghai gave Drogba double or triple what he could have gotten from Chelsea? That's the kind of stupid money you have to give top players to compensate them for going to a less prestigious league.

    More thoughts of mine on this in longer form over several posts:

  • The thing I don't get is that Andy's willing to spend money on a 2nd star club that can't be filled than fielding a championship team. Never like him as an owner and probably never will. It's time we get someone to own the team as more than a hobby. Hell AEG was more dedicated to the Fire than Andy is.

  • I read that the Galaxy offered Lampard $20 mil for 2 years.
    How can the Galaxy get away with this with salary caps.
    Does the rest of the league have to get down on their knees and
    take what L.A. wants (cleaned up what I really want to say)
    How many DPs can a team have.
    The only reason Sunday's game might be a sell out is our team is on Fire. If they had the same team as last year at mid season,
    the game wouldn't be close to a sell out. There are several weak sisters attendance wise in the league, and this doesn't help.
    What happened to parity? The richer get richer, Beckham acts like a complete ass, only ends up with one game suspension.
    This is what happens under the ball- less leadership of
    Garber, who apparently gets his direction from the West Coast.
    The health of the league depends less on what happens in L.A.
    but what happens with the remaining teams. Under Garber, the MLS will always remain a mnor sports league in the U.S.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Maybe it's just me but I'm not buying the Lampard stuff. The salary figures floating around make no sense and they already have the three DP's.


  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Interesting but Riquelme is 34 and has left Boca claiming he has nothing left to give.

  • Yea but it would be amazing if we could get him. He is a fantastic player.

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