Fire to host Club América, reserves win, & more

The Fire have announced a July 10 friendly against Mexico's Club América at Toyota Park. It will mark the third contest between the two teams since 2006. The friendly is a mid-week game sandwiched in between a home contest against Sporting KC on 7/7 and a trip to Vancouver on 7/14. Tickets are available this Friday and season ticket holders can use Bonus Game 1  vouchers for entry into the match.

Reserves win first match

The Fire Reserves picked up their first victory of the season this morning with a 2-1 decision over FC Dallas at the Toyota Park practice field. The Fire (1-2-0) got a goal and an assist from Maicon Santos and another tally from Corben Bone for the difference. Dallas had a few opportunities to tie the game late but failed to convert. Kellyn Acosta, who scored the lone goal for the visitors struck the crossbar with a free kick in the 83rd minute and Bobby Warshaw clanged the left post on a penalty kick attempt in stoppage time after Paolo Tornaghi was whistled for a foul in the box. Wells Thompson was also ejected after being shown a second yellow card in the late in the second half.

Victor Pineda was replaced by Yazid Atouba in the 19th minute after suffering an apparent ankle injury. Frank Klopas said the injury was not serious and the substitution was precautionary.

Fire Line Up

GK Tornaghi

D Wells Thompson, Leo Lelis*, Joel Leon**, Hunter Jumper

M James Ashton*, Corben Bone, Victor Pineda (Yazid Atouba 19'), Dilly Duka

F Alex (MacDonald 46'), Maicon Santos (Hayden Cochran** 76')

The reserves next game is May 14 at Houston.

*guest player

**academy player

Red card upheld

The Fire appealed Jeff Larentowicz's dubious red card against Montreal but a independent panel could not come to a unanimous decision on whether or not the card was incorrectly shown. As a result Larentowicz will miss the Fire's next game on May 11 versus Philadelphia.

The appeal was worth a shot but the foul and denial of a goal scoring opportunity question remained debatable enough to avoid a consensus among the three members of the panel.

Union comment on Soumare

Speaking of the Union. Philadelphia coach John Hackworth was asked about Bakary Soumare's status during his weekly press conference this morning and stated that there were no new developments to report. "We're actively trying to find a solution for Baky and the Philadelphia Union," said Hackworth. "Baky's been a good professional in every aspect. He's still available for selection and as of right now he's still a member of the Union."

Soumare will be the guest on the next Fire Confidential Podcast.

USOC first round draw

The US Soccer Federation has announced the match-ups for play-in games and the first round of the tournament. MLS clubs begin play on May 28.


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  • Another away game for the Fire on July 10th huh? The timing for the friendly is just awful unless they plan on playing an academy team the entire game.

  • When MLS are going to release team by team annual salary?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    It's the players union that releases the salary, it usually gets released after the transfer window closes May 6th and MLS claims the list is mostly bogus anyway.

  • In reply to iron81:

    It's usually released via the players union in mid May. I wouldn't necessarily call it bogus, it just doesn't paint the whole picture in some cases.

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    After reviewing the play where Larentowicz got a red and it was upheld by a reviewing committee, my observation is, how does the NFL get replays right in less than 3 minutes when MLS and co. can't even get it right in 3 days?

  • In reply to Kao Xiong:

    Because the Larentowicz red was a very close call. My initial reaction was it was correct. I don't think that now, but it is reasonable to believe that play should have been red.

  • In reply to Kao Xiong:

    And a lot of calls in football are factual and objective (e.g. "Did the ball hit the ground?", "Was his foot out of bounds?") whereas most soccer calls are subjective ("Did he *intentionally* handle the ball?", "Was he *interfering* with the play?" or in this case, "Did he deny an *obvious goal scoring chance*?")

    If you ask me the rules should be altered to be less subjective, and technology should be used to make it easier to get calls right. It would eliminate a lot of the time people spend complaining about refs.

  • Last game the Fire played a friendly game vs. Club America was either 2008 or 2009. Nick Noble started in net for the Fire and he botched up 2 easy goals (one scored by Pardo). Then Aguilas striker Salvador Cabanas had his PK stopped by Andrew Dykstra. The Fire lost 2-1 and Chris Rolfe scored the only goal for the Fire.

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