Fire v Union match day

Starting Line Ups


GK Johnson

D Segares, Berry, Anibaba, Thompson

M Lindpere, Pause, Larentowicz, Duka

F Rolfe, MacDonald

Bench: Tornaghi, Videira, Bone, King, Alex, Amarikwa, MacDonald


GK MacMath

D Gaddis, Soumare, Okugo, Williams

M Cruz, Carroll, Kleberson, Cruz, Farfan

F LeToux, McInerney

Bench: Konopka, Torres, Casey, Daniel, Fernandes, Albright, Hoppenot


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  • We aren't very good and we aren't going to get much better. We started the year without a back four, we don't score, we are slow, we constantly turn the ball over, and it looks like we are sometimes lazy. It's been a long season so far and it's going to get longer.

  • In reply to billj:

    Break out the torches & pitchforks. It's time to storm the owner's castle!

    Maybe we can even still have some fun with this season. Anyone got a good recipe for Andy stew?!? I'll buy the keg. :)

  • In reply to billj:

    pretty solid summary there. it's gonna be a long season.

  • Is that 6 out of 10 in scoreless matches? Not only is the play not good, it's boring as well. Very disheartening.

  • Please somebody buy this team. I would like my money returned. I paid to see exciting soccer.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    I plan on winning powerball tonight.....

  • I plan to win powerball also.
    If I win I'll buy the Fire.
    Otherwise another discouraging effort,
    I thought they would come out with some Fire.
    Duka had another fairly decent game but our midfield play was miserable, looked like we had 10, later reduced to 9, players playing their own game. Rolfe totally disappeared even before he was taken off.
    Thought there should have been a more concerted effort by this time in the season. This year could be a total disaster. At the start of the season on paper it looked like the Fire would be 3rd. or 4th. in the East, easily making the playoffs, but now all bets are off.
    Right now you or I have a better chance of winning powerball than the Fire have of making the playoffs.

  • "The team is one more injury away from Brendan King."

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Did anyone get injured during the game?

  • In reply to iron81:

    I have to report that my civic pride was sorely wounded and will probably leave me doubtful, questionable, out (of sorts) and generally quarrelsome for the next month or so.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Paladini went down as a last minute scratch. One injury away, and Brendan King traveled and was in the 18, just like GR said here and we said on the podcast.

  • They just can't score, Nyarko is a very good player but he can't finish either. The problem is apparent, we can't score goals. We are actually one player away from being a team that can compete and if we don't get that player then there is no hope. MacDonald isn't that guy, Rolfe isn't that guy, santos might be but hasn't played enough to judge. I think Duka knows this too and that is why he is blasting from distance. Pappa used to do the same thing. Maybe throw Duka in as a forward and put atouba in where Duka plays.

  • In reply to john:

    Santos is not that guy either.

  • The only way a better team will come to Toyota Park if people stop buying tickets to the game. If this is too difficult or you have purchased tickets in advance, refrain from buying concessions. Or give the Fire a challenge: I won't buy beer until the team scores two goals in one game.

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    If you want to help the team, buy more tickets. Get louder. Support the club.l

  • If people stop coming out to Toyota Park, the FO would blame the customer service people for not making their goals. Since the inception of the team it's strongest area was always customer service.
    How many years after the time of Wilt have we saw such pathetic
    efforts from the top executives. They just don't know their product
    or their sport. It would take a huge dropoff in attendance to wake up these people. If they wonder what's wrong they better start looking in a mirror.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    At 2-7-1 no amount of clever marketing or increased customer service is going to make much of a dent at the turnstiles. They've got to start getting things done on the pitch.....and soon. It's not early any more.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Also, I believe they're seeing that huge dropoff in attendance, when games are numbering in the 5000 range for tickets scanned.

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    Klopas seems like he could do better IF he had just coaching responsibilities and asked for the types of players he wants, and we got somebody like a sporting director to recruit players and general manage.

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    I mean, somebody good. You can add a little ambition to AP as well.

  • Many teams are going with young, future stars, while the Fire goes for guys at the tail end of their career or marginal players from other leagues. Time to go young with some hungry players from the Fire system. I'd rather watch and cheer for upcoming American players than guys collecting a check like Lindpere.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    I agree. They've lost so much already, there seems little else to lose. Why not get some of those young curious unknowns onto the field and let's see how they respond. We could now watch them with low to no expectations and simply enjoy watching them develop.

    Some of us, at least, might be satisfied paying good money to watch that! Nothing worse than having hope, only to watch aging middling quality players embarrass themselves and destroy our hope as they decline.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Totally agree. Party of the problem is they have no idea what type of team they want -- they talk a possession game and then get Laurentiwicz and Lindpere. Instead of building a team they have been plugging holes in a dam for two years. Unload all of the high priced "talent", bring in one "Blanco" and surround him with young hopefuls. As mentioned elsewhere, a young team with potential is better than a well-traveled team of veterans in the last years of their careers. Unfortunately, a move like that would require guts and a PLAN, neither of which appears to exist.

  • I cant believe the Fire are so bad considering they have Leon bringing in player. Look at how successful Chivas USA is. Also, they won all those titles while he was there.

    The good thing about being so bad is that we will have one of the first picks in the draft so that Leon could trade it away for some has been from another team who is overpaid and will add to the Fires salary problems.

    This team needs to be remade right. Its also obvious Frank has to go. Not saying he is a bad coach but its obviously not working.

    Then get rid of some unnecessary salaries like Lindpere, Laurentowicz, Pause, Mcdonald, Santos, and Thompson. We need to start being the dumpers of high salaries not the dumpees.

  • G... When you can stomach doing you post-match review, I suggest you alter the title as follows: "Union 1 Fire 0 - post-mortem and be-ratings"

    Might as well have fun with this in whatever ways are left to us.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Ill have them up tonight.

  • Guys. In all honesty I think that Frankie is way over his head. Does anyone realize that he had never coached an out door game of soccer in his life before taking over the fire job. He probably could be good if he had a few years in the usl or even better developing his skill in a good college. If one looks back it is sort of obvious that he was named coach when de Los cabos was fired.i am sure that old Artie did not want to add another salary so he just moved over a faltering general manager to the position . This was not fair to frankie the players or the fans. The complete disaster is a result of a lost owner that does or will not realize he knows nothing about soccer.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    When Klopas fired De Los Cobos, he thought that he can handle the job but he is too incompetent and beyond WORTHLESS. As long as he is the coach of the Fire, they aren't going anywhere. I have sympathy for players like Alex, Johnson, Paladini, and Nyarko for his nonsense along with Segares willing to take a paycut for nothing. Klopas, do us a favor, PLEASE LEAVE & TAKE PAUSE WITH YOU!!! As for Leon, he can go as well.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    Fans can blame all on Klopas but let's face it, it starts with the brain trust of Javier Leon and Guillermo Petrei for signing bad contracts on bad players. Unloading MacDonald and any takers for Puppo under contract is very difficult task to accomplish. However, Klopas does hold accountable for Gargan departure and the 2011 MLS Superdraft for not taking Will Bruin. No offense to Jalil Anibaba but getting a quality striker is very difficult to come by. Teams can find plenty of Jalil Anibaba type of players around and fast forward to 2013, fans will rather have Will Bruin on top next to Rolfe than stuck with Sherjill MacDonald.

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