Fire v Sporting KC match day

Starting line ups


GK Tornaghi

D Anibaba, Berry, Soumare, Segares

M Nyarko, Larentowicz, Alex, Duka

F Rolfe, Magee

Bench: Kann, Thompson, Videira, Lindpere, Paladini, Santos, MacDonald

Sporting KC

GK Nielsen

D Sinovic, Besler, Collin, Myers

M Olum, Rosell, Feilhaber, Zusi, Kamara

F Bieler

Bench: Kronberg, Ellis, Opara, Peterson, Bunbury, Dwyer, Saad


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  • MLS picks today....
    Fire over Sporting KC
    Portland over Columbus
    Montreal over Chivas
    Colorado over DC
    Los Angeles and Dallas draw

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Oops, 0 for 5 on those picks today :(

  • In reply to Jeff S:

    It happens

  • This is pathetic. I don't think we've completed a single pass in their half since the 50th minute.

  • fire give KC to much respect...

  • SKC is a tougher opponent than they've faced in a while. Fire played them well enough except for the traditional early giveaway, which they doubled up today. And that was the killer.

  • They really didn't look ready to play the second goal began when Too many players looked lackadaisical and Rolfe still finishes like a U10 player not much urgency to till last 3 minutes

  • Only managed to catch the 2nd half - was looking for a bar on the W side of Cleveland that would actually tune a TV in for me during an Indians game.

    Dismal. Particularly after Nyarko and Rolfe were subbed out. I think that Nyarko was more important than Rolfe, but MacDonald is so much worse than Lindpere that the dropoff was still noticeable. The pinballing inside our 18 that happened several times was alarming, and we're lucky KC did not put in one more.

    Lots of cards, too. I still don't get what Zusi's card was for (no sound was available where I was), but the subsequent card on Segares was weak. Paladini's card, by contrast, was well deserved and nonsensical to give up. What was he thinking?

    I don't even know who scored for the Fire but I gather that Zusi put in a brace. As a USMNT fan, I guess I'm happy he showed his scoring touch, but would love to have seen the Fire shut him down.


  • In reply to Modibo:

    Feilhaber had the first for SKC, Zusi the second. Magee has the Fire goal.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Thanks, Arklow. Still blech.

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    Hmmm...where to start. First home game I've been able to attend this year after kickoff I thought I had time-traveled back to March. The entire team looked terrible for the first 10 minutes and was letting SKC just fire half-chances with the wind at their back. Granted, with SJ in goal he might have saved one of those two, but we can't just sit back and let teams get shots on goal like that in the opening minutes no matter who's between the sticks.

    Was not impressed with Baky's play overall either today. He had some good takeaways, but he was getting beat left and right, and had some terrible service up field all to often.

    Happy to see my first Magee-in-a-fire-jersey goal live and in-person, which was the highlight of that game. Paladini's red card might have been a 'bit' harsh, but the ref had already shown a fistful of yellows so any sloppy tackles like that should have been avoided.

    Not sure I agreed with the last 2 subs either. I saw MacD warming up right in front of us and thought 'no way he's coming in'. Was wrong there. After Patrick and Chris came off the runs to the ball dropped off even more.

    Even though Magee scored the lone Fire goal, Duka was my man of the match. He was a thorn in the side of SKC and came out on top of a lot of battles. To bad the touches in the final third failed everyone for the most part. Rolf had a screamer prior to Magee's goal which was just inches too high.

    What bothered me the most was the complete lack of sharpness on all the back-passes. We almost gave up a couple more goals with sloppy play in the back. With better D we win that game 1-0, or tie at worst.

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    In reply to Jeff S:

    OK, watched the highlights online. No one was stopping Benny's goal, it looked much slower in person. But SJ would have gotten a hand on Zusi's shot...err...cross

  • Thought Toledo was bit of a tool , but what's different.
    If you told someone that Sega, Sourmare, Berry, and Anibaba would be your starting backfield, the assumption would be that the Fire have one of the better defenses in the league. Wrong assumption, today the defense either was lost or back on their heels (never should have let Gargan go) and never seemed to jell, still showing the same mistakes and errors. Hard to pick a man of the match, no one played particularly outstanding, but 'd go with Dilly, then Magee, followed by Nyarko (by far the Fire's best defender) and Gonzo. The rest are not worth mentioning. Big Mac reverted to his previous form, looked confused.
    Don't know who to blame that on, could be coaching.
    A real set back, haven't lost in awhile, but a must win on the 20th against D.C. If we lose that game, it would be near impossible to make the playoffs without and extended win streak.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Gargan is not better than Anibaba so losing him wasnt, and still isnt, a big deal. These same players were playing really well for the past month. We lost one game in the past 10. It was hot and we have played 2 games a week for the past 3 or 4 weeks. We have our backup keeper in. We lost 2-1 to one of the better teams in the league. The world is not over. Sure we want to win every game that we play but we wont and we cant. We need to rest all of our starters against America on Wednesday and get ready for Vancouver on Sunday.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I disagree that losing Gargan wasn't a big deal but pretty much agree on everything else. We keep on seeing situations where we are catching teams at the right time and KC caught the Fire at the right time. These guys are exhausted. 9 results out of 10 games is pretty good but its hard not to panic when we had a dreadful start and are in a deep hole. I wish we would see Atouba subbed in instead of Lindpere. What's the deal with Atouba? He was a young fast kid that scored goals and seems like a good option to use being down a goal. The heat had to be an issue for KC as well, fresh legs that are fast seems like a better option than an old slow guy. I would have also liked to see Amerikwa rather than Mac.

  • Loved Magee's post game comments! The team needs a leader on the d line...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    That's the problem, each one is doing their own thing, not playing as a cohesive unit leaving too many gaps or constantly being out of position.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Apparently Magee is only able to celebrate his individual success if his team is winning. Even when he scored he grabbed the ball and got back to work, he is admired by the fans because of that type of attitude.

  • Could this friendly be at any worse time than Wednesday? We have played a bunch of games in June. It seemed like we had a game every Wednesday and weekend for the whole month. I know Magee wasn't going to say it but the players looked dead today. It was hot and KC is a good squad. Now we have to go out and play a meaningless game on Wednesday again. Terrible scheduling and I hope not one starter is playing.

    With Tornaghi in net, I think it is going to be a long month of July...

  • Guys. What in the earth was Frankie thinking when he pulled Rolfe and put in the big Mac. The guy totally destroyed the club and here he is again back on the field. You could almost feel the passion of the club slowly bleed out of the team. Frank has to leave.

  • Guys the substitution that gave another chance to the big Max was completely stupid. Any fan that has seem the first couple of games knows that the big Mac is a total bust. Frank has to go.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    I'm not saying that MacDone should have come on, but what would you have done? Put in Santos?

    I think he's shown more for my money than MacDone, but he might not be your cup of tea either.

    I get that Nyarko might have had health issues, but as someone else said, the runs and movement stopped after Rolfe and Nyarko subbed out. The team didn't look great in the 2nd half, but they looked like s**t after those two left.

    And can anyone tell me what the hell Paladini was thinking? This is a guy who's fighting to get starting minutes, and he chops a dude with his back to our goal down from behind near the midfield circle in the final minutes of a losing game?!? What kind of judgement is that?!? No problem for Frankie in deciding whether he should see the field next game.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Paladini sometimes lets his emotions cause him to make bad choices. But on better occasions, that can be playing with heart. There's a knife-edge of balance between getting all you can from yourself and losing self-control. I'm hoping to see him develop a better touch with his emotional control. He brings some really good game to the pitch.

    I believe Frank just had to rest some guys due to the schedule and the heat/humidity. We're still lacking some needed depth. The drop-off is too great. Let's hope some of our young talent starts to step up. What's happening with Atouba? I know he isn't ready yet but what's he doing?

    It's one unfortunate loss today. But hardly the first this year. I think we'll see more good results coming up.

  • OK.....I'm thinking this may get a reaction around these parts.

    Toronto FC is set announce the signing of Diego Forlan according to one Canadian source......

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    This upsets me, if Forlan goes to Toronto he is clearly not one of those players that only wants to vacation in LA or NY and would have made this team great. Why didn't the Fire go after him?! He is in my opinion better than Keane and he is the type of player that attracts new fans, creates plays and scores goals. He would've been the first player that could fill the void left by Blanco and likely do a better job than even Blanco.

  • In reply to john:

    Short answer......$$$

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So is it unreasonable to ask for a player that makes anything near or over a million a year? What does Andrew think a proven player of the worlds game costs?

  • In reply to john:

    Problem is you're not going to get a top striker/playmaker with anything left for around $1 million including transfer fees if they're not out of contract.

  • Well three days till transfer window opens right? Who we getting Aimar? Forlan ? Ronaldinho ? Puppo?

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    Cuesta and Vasquez do anything for ya?


  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Ugh. The only thing it does is. Ale my want to spend my season ticket money on the Blackhawks ....even if it only gets me about 6 hawks games lol

  • NO! If the club wants to get a maquee player then they will have to send marquee money. I'm sure that Forlan would have helped the Fire but based on his age and past two seasons I'm wondering if it would be worth the investment to get him. Probably Forlan would have been a more effective player with the Fire than Toronto because we have a more solid supporting cast. I'd wish they would spend money for a top flight player, actually 2, a striker and a defender, but not on a bargin basement has beens.

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