Fire will try to break turf jinx (plus notes)

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".

Playoffs?

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.

Player news

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.

Filed under: 2013 Regular Season

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  • I forget Santos was even on the team. Had a higher strike rate than Rolfe thou...

    Whose in line to replace Leon?

    Klopas? Please no ex players with no experience !

  • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/22380256-419/chicago-sting-twitter-launched-but-ex-owner-denies-comeback.html

    how great would a sting comeback be?

  • In reply to Drew:

    Great!!! Move the Haiptman team to Miami and being back Lee stern and the Sting. Heck I'm sure Wily Roy would still be a better GM/ Coach than these guys. Roy GM, Margetic coach. Margetic was 10x the player Klopas was so maybe he'll be 10x the coach!

  • In reply to Drew:

    ....but not in the current NASL that's just cheapening the franchise like the cosmos are doing

  • So in that Q&A with S8, they did not realize that an amateurish media release bashing fans would get national attention? They're lucky the didn't try that in Philly. So it's either ignorance or incompetence, either way, it's not much to brag about.

    What came out of their discussions with Bridgeview.. did they discuss traffic control, or train schedule conflicts or anything that could make getting in and out of there easier for fans?

  • This "something big is coming" rumor thing (two weeks on or so from first mention) is looking more and more like the usual Fire PR ploy just to stop the sniping while they frantically try to sell more tickets, kit, concessions, etc.

    So far, all we have are rumors of a meaningful response to the complaints about the way the Fire is being run. I am starting to believe that what they want me to believe is not true. Just more smoke and mirrors.

  • Looking forward to seeing the ball bouncing awkwardly over Baky's head as he tries to play defense out of position tonight.

  • Weekend picks

    Sporting KC 2 Columbus 1
    FC Dallas 1 Vancouver 2
    Seattle 2 Chicago 1
    Los Angeles 1 Colorado 1
    Portland 2 Toronto FC 0
    Houston 1 New York 1
    New England 1 Montreal 1
    Chivas USA 3 DC United 2
    San Jose 2 Philadelphia 1

    Season record 117/250

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Hoping that your prediction on the Fire is wrong - with 117 out of 250, it could be (hey, I don't even try to predict these things so I'm not hating). But with the turf jinx, the Seattle crowd, and the spotty performances this year, I don't have much optimism myself.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    It wouldn't shock me if they got a point out of this one.....and btw 117/250 would put me ahead of every MLSsoccer.com editor but one.

    Picking MLS games is hard. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Yeah, I know you've pointed that out about the MLS editors... that's why I said no criticism there... Props to Guillermo!

    But what was your call on US - CRC? All the MLS editors picked a US tie or win. Which I thought was overly optimistic. Waaaay optimistic.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    I did think they'd get a draw there....but nobody figured Bradley would go down and Klinsmann's line-up was...shall we say...interesting.

  • Starting lineups for tonight's game?

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