Archive for April 2013

Tuesday notes - USOC draw, Soumare, Rogers, & more

A return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season may seem tenuous at the moment but the Fire will still have a shot at some hardware if MLS postseason isn’t the cards. Clubs should find out in the next few days where they’ll land in the 2013 US Open Cup brackets. The US Soccer... Read more »

Impact 2 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

A decent first half followed by a completely listless second led to the Fire’s fifth loss of the season. The visitors were at least competitive in the initial 45 and it seemed like there was a chance to gain a result with Montreal having played a mid week non-league game. That wasn’t the case as... Read more »

Fire v Impact match preview

Montreal started the season with four straight wins and drew some attention from national media as a front runner in the East but a bye week preceded by a loss in Kansas City and a tie at home has pushed them out of the spotlight somewhat. Two road wins (at Seattle and Portland) to begin... Read more »
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Thursday notes - Thompson suspended, Podcast Episode 30, Hauptman addresses player acquisitions, and more

The Fire got more bad news regarding the right back position today with the league’s announcement that Wells Thompson has been suspended for 1 match after his challenge on Agustin Viana this past Saturday. Thompson received a yellow card from referee Chris Penso but the Disciplinary Committee felt further action was necessary. This leave the... Read more »

Midweek notes - Mila, Friedrich, & more

The newly released league injury report lists defender Steven Kinney as “out” for the Montreal match and identifies Arne Friedrich and Quincy Amarikwa as “questionable”. Although he hasn’t been officially ruled out don’t look for Friedrich to make his 2013 debut against the Impact. The German defender hasn’t resumed full training this week and with... Read more »

Fire 1 Crew 0 - recap and ratings

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A well deserved three points was earned in this match with Jeff Larentowicz’s 83rd minute header providing the difference in a 1-0 win over rival Columbus Crew. Chicago was the better team throughout the game from start to finish and limited Columbus playmaker Federico Higuain to very few touches in dangerous spots while generating plenty... Read more »
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Fire v Crew match preview

The Fire will almost certainly be in direct competition in the later stages of this season with the Columbus Crew for one of the five Eastern Conference playoff berths so the importance of this match shouldn’t be understated. Columbus has played well enough (although somewhat unspectacularly) to begin the season at 2-1-3 and have gone four... Read more »

Not so good news on Friedrich, NBC ramps up BPL coverage

When we recorded the latest episode of the Fire Confidential podcast last Wednesday it seemed that things were moving along with Arne Friedrich’s injury recovery and the veteran centerback would be back in the line-up if not for the Houston game then certainly for the upcoming match against Columbus on Saturday. Now it seems that... Read more »

Dynamo 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The Houston Dynamo claimed the MLS record for most games played at home without a loss (35) at the expense of the Fire. Chicago played relatively well for most of the match but they were a bit too loose defensively once again. Affording time and space for players like Brad Davis is a recipe for... Read more »
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Fire v Dynamo match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Thompson, Anibaba, Berry, Segares M Paladini, Pause, Larentowicz, Lindpere F Rolfe, MacDonald Bench: Tornaghi, Jumper, Videira, Bone, Duka, Nyarko, Santos Dynamo GK Hall D Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe M Driver, Moffat, Clark, Davis F Barnes, Bruin Bench: Deric, Brunner, Johnson, Camargo, Ching, Weaver, Creavalle