Fire v Impact match rescheduled

What looked to be shaping up as a good opportunity for the Fire to pick up three points on the road against an Eastern Conference opponent this coming week is off the board. The Fire were set to visit a Montreal Impact side on Saturday (4/18)  just four days before Frank Klopas' team was scheduled to compete in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champion's League Final in Mexico against Club America. It was believed that Montreal would have to consider a "B" squad on Friday in order to channel all efforts into the Final.

That's no longer the case.

The match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 23. This means that the Fire will now have a three games in eight days stretch during the last week in September. On 9/19, the Fire host Orland City followed by the trip to Montreal and then another trip to Toronto on 9/26.

A match on 4/15 against the Revolution was rescheduled last week at the request of New England, who would have been in the midst of their own three game in eight days run if not for the postponement. The move to June 13 could potentially cause issue with congestion due to the US Open Cup.

The Fire will now have additional time for injured players to mend but will have been idle for almost three weeks after their best game of the season when they return to action on April 24 against New York City FC.

Filed under: 2015 Regular Season

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  • Let me get this straight, the Fire had two games postponed due to Montreal and New England not willing to play 3 games in 8 days,
    so the Fire ends up playing 3 games in 8 days. No wonder some
    soccer purists consider MLS as bush league. Barca and Real play 3 games in 8 days numerous times during a season and they don't cry like babies about it. This is a typical bush league action by a bush league commissioner. It's not surprising about New England since anytime New England wants something pimp in charge Garber is on his knees. This has been proven.
    It's too bad the Fire is treated like some step child instead of getting
    treated equally and with respect. Although this can't be completely
    blamed on Garber, the Fire has some part also, an organization
    has a difficult time showing "balls" when it's owner is a eunuch.
    Going three weeks without any type of competition is ridiculous,
    this would never happen in any other professional league except
    the MLS.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    This is generally pretty minor details, but it's the exact sort of stuff that drives me flippin' bonkers about MLS. Personally I think this holds little respect for the fans. People do actually plan for games and to change schedules a week or two out is simply ludicrous. Who gives a **** that Montreal has to play 3 games in a week? That's why they need to assemble depth. That's soccer. These well conditioned athletes can't manage 3 games in a week? It's pathetic. Who loses here? The fans and the Fire. Sweet...sounds about right...

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I totally disagree with this characterization with regards to the rescheduling of the Montreal game. I've been waiting for the league to start to do this, in order to encourage a strong showing in the CCL. What makes MLS look bush league is when our teams get destroyed by teams in the Costa Rican or Honduran league. That's bush league.

    Next year, no one will remember whether Montreal had a game rescheduled or not, but they will remember if they are the first MLS team to win the CCL.

    Frankly, I think MLS should adjust schedules for all the teams in these later stages of the CCL to encourage them to take it seriously and bring their 1st teams.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    I guess your right, make pussy rules for pussy teams, Montreal by any stretch is not a quality team.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Is that supposed to be a serious comment? Name-calling? Really?

  • In reply to manyou07:

    You are absolutely right. The MLS did the right thing.

    The EPL reschedules games as well.

    The critics are going to complain no matter what the league does

  • Awesome, there goes the chance to get 3 points against what would have been a 2nd string Impact team. It is also nice that our momentum, or what momentum there was, is now killed by waiting 20 days in between games. This whole situation is minor league. Can't wait to start making up these games while putting the US Open Cup in jeopardy and having 3 games in 1 week near the end of the season.

  • With the announcement of the US roster for Mexico yesterday it became obvious why New England requested to have the 4/15 game moved. Both Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo were called in for Wednesday's game against Mexico. With the US game being announced on Jan 14 and the game not being moved until March 25 it looks like both players got provisional calls leading to a NE request to reschedule.
    The Fire agreed to the move with the thinking that they would have to travel from NE to Montreal this week but the Impact match has now been postponed due to CCL play and the Fire get the short end of the stick with not only a three game in 8 day stretch in September but they will play NE without Maloney and Accam in June and USOC matches right around the corner.
    So now New England benefits by avoiding their own 3 game in 8 day stretch this week without Nguyen and Agudelo for at least one game against the Fire. Montreal benefits by not having to face the Fire with a B squad as they prepare for the CCL Final.
    The only loser in this situation is the Fire, who don't get any players called (Johnson or Shipp), lose the advantage of playing opponents short handed while playing short themselves in June, and add a 3 game in 8 day stretch during the playoff push at the end of the season.
    Time will tell but this move appears to have backfired.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    That's even more damming evidence and a great explanation of how I was feeling. I'm sick and tired of the league and the organization (who had to agree to the fixture date change if I'm not mistaken) acting like Mickey mouse organizations.

  • I have no problem with the Montreal reschedule. There's no way you could predict the Limp Act were going to have a CCL game that far into the tourament. I'm pretty sure they do that to some degree in the BPL for European competitions and the FA Cup. Certainly, they move games from Saturday to Sunday for teams in the Europa league. The NE move sucks. Especially with the knowledge that we lose 2 key guys for the new date.
    On the up side, Montreal (and NE?) now gets to face a team where Patty and Magee are available for selection.

  • In reply to Doug:

    That's a positive look at it. I understand why the Impact game was rescheduled but I don't necessarily agree with it. Montreal should deal with the schedule congestion and not have to have the league step in a "strongly suggest" a postponement.

  • I think with NE, we're still smarting from the Jermaine Jones coin flip and the feeling that all teams are equal but some are more equal than others. I'd like to believe that next year when we're playing in multiple competitions (fingers crossed), the value of the Chicago market (even Taylor Twellman backs me up on that) will return some karma our direction. On the plus side, I can now put the Revs back in the "I hate your guys' guts" column. I missed that.

  • In reply to Doug:

    Word to that.

    And btw, what genius decided that moving a club match for two international call-ups on THE OPPOSING TEAM was okay? Please tell me they got some league gravy or SOMETHING for it.

  • Yep, bush league, just like this one:

    Due to our involvement in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday 1 March, there has been a change to two of our upcoming Barclays Premier League fixtures.

    Our away game against West Ham United has been moved from Tuesday 3 March to Wednesday 4 March, kick-off 7.45pm.

    Meanwhile, the away game at Leicester City, which was due to take place on Saturday 28 February, has now been postponed. A new date will be confirmed in due course.

    http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2015/01/premier-league-fixture-changes.html

  • Guess that 10 game point has just been pushed back to August or so.

  • Going into the 6th inning of tonight's Cubs-Reds game, Comcast just ran a commercial for their broadcast of the Fire-Impact match on Saturday!

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