Sporting an 0-9-2 record in their last 11 games on turf the expectations aren't very high coming into Saturday night's game in Seattle. For some reason the Fire have struggled mightily on the fake stuff over the last three seasons even losing to the Michigan Bucks in US Open Cup play last year. The horrible field conditions that they experienced in a suburb of Detroit for that match won't exist in Seattle but it's still on turf where the Fire have been outscored 24-10 over those 11 games.
Of course they'll be helped by the absences of Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans, and possibly Obafemi Martins on the Seattle side but Frank Klopas will be without Joel Lindpere and Egidio Arevalo Rios. Lindpere's loss is easily covered by having Partick Nyarko and Dilly Duka fit and available but Rios would have been a big factor in helping to neutralize what Osvaldo Alonso provides for the Sounders. The other three options in the middle in Alex, Daniel Paladini, and Logan Pause are adequate but probably won't be anywhere near what Rios' level has been over the last two matches.
Seattle defeated Chivas USA last night 1-0 at home but Sigi Schmid did play the majority of his available starters. Here's their line-up versus Chivas:
Gspuring; Scott, Traore, Ianni, Yedlin; Burch (Hurtado 89'), Carrasco, Alonso, Rosales (Rose 82'); Neagle, Estrada (Zavaleta 84')
ISA September Board Meeting
The Independent Supporter's Association/Section 8 Chicago held a public board meeting last night and it featured a Q&A session with the Fire's COO Atul Kholsa and Sr. Director of Communications Dan Lobring. If you weren't able to attend S8C has posted a timeline of tweets covering the discussion. You can find it right here. Several topics were discussed including a certain infamous "editorial".
If you're interested in numbers and want to get a look at what the Fire's chances of making the playoffs are, get a look at this site. They do a great job every year of looking at the possibilities through statistics. The Fire are currently sitting on a 29.5% chance of qualifying.
Front office changes on the horizon?
Rumors of a move or two have floated around for the last two weeks. Nothing has been officially confirmed yet but there does appear to be something in the works.
Watch this space....
Third jersey voting
The voting for the next year's third kit ends tomorrow and for the record I like #4 the most even though it's pretty basic. It does the best job of capturing the spirit of what supporters have been clamoring for since 2005. If I had to rank them I'd go 4,2,1,5,3.
Just for grins, here's one that I came up with.
Per Jeff Crandall on twitter, Yamith Cuesta departed camp about 2 weeks ago and isn't likely to be signed.
Maicon Santos appears to be on the way out as well. Reports out of South America have him headed for Cucuta Deportivo in Colombia. The Fire got 2 goals in 15 games for $164,433.33 in guaranteed compensation from Santos this season.