Fire v Red Bulls match preview

The last time these two clubs met on March 23rd both were in the throws of early season struggles with nary a win between them. Things have changed since then for one of the teams. New York has gone on to a 3-1-3 record since the 1-1 draw at Toyota Park. The Fire on the other hand are still winless after sporting a 0-1-4 mark since that match.

Some of the pieces have been shuffled around in New York but the biggest improvement has come due to the success of Thierry Henry's partnership with Bradley Wright-Phillips on the attacking side. Wright-Phillips is on a roll of late and leads the team with six goals scored. Loyd Sam is also among league leaders with four assists on the season.

Frank Yallop threatened some changes in the starting line up after the collapse against Real Salt Lake and it appears there will be some alterations made to the back line. Gonzalo Segares has trained in full over the last two weeks and is expected to reclaim his starting spot at left back. Greg Cochrane has played well in his absence but he was overrun in the second half of the RSL game and that may be enough of an opening for the veteran to step back in.

Bakary Soumare left training on Thursday with a migraine but indications are that Yallop is going to give Patrick Ianni a shot at center back. Soumare has played well at times this season but has made several gaffes leading directly to goals. Yallop has shown that he won't hesitate to pull the trigger on a change after bad performances and that may be the case here.

Injury report

Fire

None

Red Bulls

OUT: Marius Obekop

Referee

Kevin Stott

Projected line ups

Fire

Johnson; Segares, Ianni, Hurtado, Palmer; Nyarko, Larentowicz, Joya, Shipp; Magee, Amarikwa

top subs: Anangono, Cochrane, Duka, Pineda

Red Bulls

Robles; Kimura, Olave, Armando, Miller; Sam, McCarty, Cahill, Alexander; Henry, Wright-Phillips

top subs: Luyindula, Steele, Sekagya

Prediction

The Fire will have Quincy Amarikwa back and Dilly Duka should be available on the bench. The attack should be able to continue to create chances but will the newly shuffled back line prove to be an upgrade over the unit that has failed to record a clean sheet this season?

Alex is not on the injury report but Yallop indicated that he wasn't fully fit yet. He trained on the side yesterday and you can expect Benji Joya to get another crack at central midfield.

New York 2 Fire 1

The rest of the league

After a 3-0 Wednesday night I've upped my record to a still brutal 33-50.

Philadelphia 2 DC United 1

Montreal 1 Sporting KC 1

Columbus 1 Vancouver 1

San Jose 2 FC Dallas 1

Portland 1 Los Angeles 1

Colorado 2 Chivas USA 0

New England 1 Seattle 2

Houston 1 Real Salt Lake 1

Still going...

Cuauhtemoc Blanco is 41 years old but he's still playing. After talking about retiring off and on for the last two seasons, the former Fire forward is back in Mexico's top flight. He signed with Liga MX's Puebla today. That is the same club which DaMarcus Beasley currently calls home.

Incidentally, Beasley is reportedly considering a move back to MLS.

Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • i'll guess...tie ;)

  • How many migraines did Baky cause last game?

  • rumor has it that Soumare didn't travel.

  • Via his twitter account, Grant Ward says he's on his way to Chicago tomorrow.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    The very news I've been waiting for. This season may or may not work out well but the excitement level with the young talent is GREAT. Happiness Is Just Around the Bend, to quote the title of an old Brian Auger song. Just hope we don't take any wrong turns on the way around that bend.

  • (Wed- 2-1)

    Phi-DC Tie
    NY-Chi NY
    Clb-Van Tie
    SJ-Dal SJ
    Por-LA Tie
    Col-Chv Col
    NE-Sea Tie
    Hou-RSL RSL
    Mon-KC KC

    I've got to go back and do a recount. (Including Wed,) I'm 32-45 w/2 unaccounted...

  • I've yet to see any sign that Johnson is an elite keeper. Time to look elsewhere for a top keeper.

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    He was good enough to make 2 critical saves in the last few minutes,
    I think he might have screwed up on one goal but the defense was like a sieve. Magee is starting to act like Anangono but with more dramatics, kind of disappeared in the last quarter of the game, would have liked to see Magee subbed out for Duka. Sometimes the defense looks like an AYSO defense just kick the ball away anywhere, couldn't argue about the penalty kick even though it was a bit of a soft call, once you put your hands on a player in the box a player should realize bad things could happen.
    Does Shipp get a 9 or 10?

  • Agree with you on Magee. This year he seems to more concerned with the no-calls he keeps getting and is constantly working the ref. Isn't that supposed to be the captains job?
    His leadership is best displayed by his on-field and on the ball actions , which this year seem to be complaint after complaint. I love the guy and am 100% behind him, but man I just want him to stop and just play... lead by example... good play, grit, and instincts.

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