Category: Eastern Conference Semifinals

McBride Injury Update

After aggressively challenging New England keeper Matt Reis for a ball in the 52nd minute of Saturday night’s decisive Game 2 victory over the Revolution, Fire forward Brian McBride had to be taken off of the field due to injury. McBride, who missed 8 weeks earlier this year with a torn right labrum, picked up... Read more »

Fire 2 - Revolution 0: Onto the Conference Finals

What a night at Toyota Park. After losing the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with New England 2-1, [the Fire stormed back in dramatic fashion tonight, getting a 2-0 victory to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals on a 3-2 aggregate score](,0,1950035.story). Cuauhtemoc Blanco and John Thorrington scored the goals for the... Read more »

Matchday 11/7: Fire vs. Revs Game 2

It all comes down to this for the Fire. They need to defeat the Revs tonight at Toyota Park to have any hope of advancing to the Eastern Conference Final against Real Salt Lake. Will they do it? We’ll find that out later, but I’ll be here to walk you through the whole process with... Read more »

Fire vs. Revs Game 2: Match Preview

The Fire came into last Sunday’s Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the New England Revolution with high hopes that they could leave Boston with a result. And though the Fire got off to the right start in the series opener – scoring an early goal to put the pressure on New... Read more »

Columbus-Salt Lake Game 2 Tonight

The first Eastern Conference finalist will be determined tonight, when the first seeded Columbus Crew play host Real Salt Lake in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series (7 p.m. CDT on ESPN2). The Crew fell to Real Salt Lake 1-0 in the series opener last Saturday and they’ll need a win to have... Read more »

Mid-Week Update: Game 1 Reaction

Hey everyone, I just got off the phone with Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett and I got quite a bit of reaction to the 2-1 Game 1 loss to the New England Revolution. A lot of the quotes are same old, same old from Denis (funny how that happens when the team struggles with the... Read more »

Fire vs. Revs: Five Answers

Last week I took a look at five key questions that would play a role in determining the winner of Game 1 of the Fire-Revolution Eastern Conference Semifinal Series. Now, with the 2-1 Revolution win in the books, it’s time to take a second look at those five questions and see how they played out.... Read more »

Fire 1-Revolution 2: No Luck in New England

The Fire headed into Sunday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the New England Revolution knowing that they couldn’t afford to give the Revs many set piece opportunities. “We have to limit their set pieces,” Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett said earlier this week. “[We have to be careful on] throw-ins and corner... Read more »

Matchday 11/1: Fire vs. New England

We’re finally here.  After 7 months of grueling regular season action, the Fire is just two hours away from kicking off Game 1 (1 p.m. on FSC) of their two game Eastern Conference Semifinal against New England.  Today’s game should be a hard-fought, physical battle (as it always is between the two long time rivals…)... Read more »

Findley's Late Goal puts RSL past Columbus

Real Salt Lake got a late goal from striker Robbie Findley [to defeat Columbus 1-0 in the opening game of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series Saturday night]( The match looked to be headed to a scoreless draw, but that all changed in the 88th minute when Findley slotted home a Yura Movsisyan cross to give... Read more »