Fire Trounce New York 4-0 / New Player Announcement Imminent

The Fire hammered what was essentially the New York Red Bulls’ reserve squad 4-0 in US Open Cup play at Toyota Park tonight to advance to the US Open Cup semi-finals.  Dominic Oduro terrorized Red Bull defenders throughout the first half and scored the only goal of the first stanza although the Fire easily could have netted two or three more.  Orr Barouch came off the bench to score a brace and Yamith Cuesta converted a pinpoint cross from Daniel Paladini into another goal.

The Red Bulls organization put little more than a token effort into this US Open Cup quarterfinal and really should be embarrassed of how they approached the match altogether.  Head coach Hans Backe, who didn’t bother to make the trip to Chicago decided to make only 14 players available for the match while leaving assistant Mike Petke in charge behind the bench.  The team thought so little of the competition that they actually arrived in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon instead of coming in the day before.

New Player Announcement Soon

Frank Klopas addressed the win and the team’s emphasis on US Open Cup play after the match but he also said that an addition to the squad will be made soon.  “We’ll be making an announcement pretty soon on the player,” said Klopas.  You can listen to his entire post game press conference here.

Just who will that player be?  It won’t be Pavel Pardo, Sinha, or Freddie Ljungberg.  Expect the signing of Argentine midfielder  Sebastian Grazzini within the next few days.

US Open Cup Semi-Finals

The Richmond Kickers defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-0 at Livestrong Sporting Park to advance to the US Open Cup semi-finals against the Fire on Tuesday August 30 at Toyota Park.  A substantial upset has put the Fire in a position to advance to the US Open Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a win over Richmond.


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  • Are there highlights anywhere?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I haven't seen any yet. Maybe the Fire will have them later today.

  • has this new player been on trial or training at least?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    He has not been at training yet.



  • It's crazy how little most MLS clubs feel about the US Open Cup!
    I'm so glad we beat those Red Cows 4-0!!! :-)

  • Looks like the Fire get to play Richmond in the semi-finals. On the other side of the bracket its FC Dallas and the LA/Seattle winner. The only team that did not field a team to win last night was NY. KC went for the win but couldn't do it. GR, if the winner of the US Open Cup qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League because it won the Supporters Shield or was in the Championship game of the MLS Cup, what happens to the slot for the Open Cup? Does it go to the runner up?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    That's a good question. I think the spot may go to the Supporter's Shield runner up....I'll look into it.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    According to the wiki page: "Should the same team qualify multiple times and/or should a Canadian team occupy one or more of the MLS qualifying places, then the American MLS team(s) with the best regular season records not otherwise qualified will be entered."

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Sounds about right....the next in line for the Supporter's Shield would qualify.

  • i know i've said this before,

    i like Barrouch. kid has a nose for goal

    he probly leads the team in goals scored per minute played?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    If you count exhibitions and reserve games Barouch is on fire. ;)

  • I was at the game and it was the most fun to watch than any other game Fire played this year.

  • is grazzini the answer to our attacking mid problems, if he is indeed coming aboard? i read his wiki page, but it didn't give me much info to get an idea of how good (or not) he is.

    we could really use a F that can put the ball in the back of the net consistently. that's as big of a problem, imo. when was the last time we had a really good F? it was definitely before when i started to really get into the Fire...which was when luis started his red card blog (people talking/writing about the team makes rooting for them waaaaay more accessible and interesting, which is way getting them on the radio and in papers is very important...posada, aren't you a paper guy? and while i'm at it, where the **** is our sponsor?). anyway, since then all i can think of is barrett missing sitters, wanchope (hahaha!), mcbride being over the hill (still loved seeing him in Fire red), and players like Chaves, Nazarit, Banner, Carr, Nyarko, Oduro, etc that have filled in and while some are decent, none of them are going to really strike fear in the opponents when we come to town. I know many people hate the idea of older Europeans coming over, but I'd LOVE to see a Raul, Van Nistelroy or someone similar play for us. While they aren't what they used to be, they are still heads and shoulders above what we have. I'm probably just dreaming anyhow b/c if they did come they'd surely want to only play in NY or LA, as they don't know what they are missin' when they don't mention CHITOWN!

  • In reply to Drew:

    some of it is poor finishing, but some of it has been poor service, or service to the wrong player at the wrong time

    they get a good A-mid that can find the open striker, they'll start putting some away, because i believe the strikers wont have as much pressure on themselves

  • In reply to Drew:

    Grazzini will be coming on board. We don't know much about him other than he's bounced around a bit but he has played at high levels. Word is he is a true #10 type of player. We'll find out how good he is soon enough.
    I think both Chaves and Nazirit are quality forwards who will become much better with actual service from midfield. I'm sure they will be relieved not to have to create their own chances for every shot. How many times have we seen a tap in or a goal scored from build up this season? Not many.
    Your point about interest being generated by talking and writing about the club is absolutely right on. Unfortunately, I don't think you'll see much change in the papers because the people in charge of the sports sections in Chicago are part of the old guard that just don't seem to get it. Not having a radio outlet or at there very least a thirty minute weekly program somewhere is ridiculous. It should be a no-brainer.
    Another established forward would be nice too. I've actually heard Van Nistleroy to RSL rumors for a few years now, so there are players looking cities other than NY and LA.

  • match highlights are now up on the Fire website

  • I know the service has been an issue, but finishing is just as big of an issue imo...and that's my point. We've had some pretty good or adequate forwards, but not one that's been a top end MLS forward for years. We've had all-star quality goalies, defenders, midfielders, but no all-star quality forwards, and I'd love to see the organization address that at some point.

  • hmmm - the highlights seem to consist of only post-game interviews... strange highlights for a 4-0 victory

  • i hear NYRB may be getting a keeper from the bundesliga

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    They have indeed signed 38 year old Hamburg keeper Frank Rost as a DP. The third on their roster.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    well that rules out the anelka to NYRB rumours then

  • Here are the highlights...including all four goals........

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    heh, highlights works for me now. go figure, it was the same link...

    probly my 5 yr old computer causing the issues

  • Boston writer takes a jab at some dinosaur media types.......

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