Fire Reserves Suffer First Loss

The Fire reserves dropped to 4-1-1 after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rapids this morning at Toyota Park’s practice field.  The starting line up for the Fire featured a few different looks.  Here a few game notes  including an interesting appearance by a familiar face:

  • Pari Pantazaopoulos started the match at center back with Josip Mikulic and struggled mightily in the first half.  The Fire’s open tryout winner was whistled for a foul in the box after taking down Quincy Amerikwa which resulted in a penalty kick for the first Rapids goal.  He was beaten by Amerikwa again a few minutes later as the speedy Colorado forward got past him to feed Steve Emory for the second score.  Pantazopoulos moved to left back in the second half.
  • Mike Banner started the match at left back and moved into midfield in the second half.  He could be the replacement for Gonzalo Segares in San Jose.  Segares will be out of that game due to a one game yellow card accumulation suspension.
  • Yamith Cuesta started at right back before moving to the middle in the second half.
  • Both Fire Home Grown players Victor Pineda and Kellen Gulley were on the pitch in the second half.  Pineda at right back and Gulley at forward in place of Cristian Nazirit.
  • The Fire also played two guest players out of Terra Nova High in Pacifica, California.  Twin brothers Paulo and Pedro Mendes were recommended to the team by former Fire forward and FSC studio host Eric Wynalda who was in attendance at the match.  Wynalda is visiting with Frank Klopas and wanted to see the Mendes brothers in action.  There apparently isn’t more to read into Wynalda’s visit for now.

Box ScoreChicago Fire 0  – 2 Colorado Rapids 

Chicago Fire: Jon Conway; Mike Banner, Josip Mikulic (Victor Pineda 46’), Yamith Cuesta, Pari Pantazopoulos; Gabriel Ferrari (Pedro Mendes** 41’), Michael Videira, Baggio Husidic (Marcus Epps* 61’), Corben Bone; Cristian Nazarit (Kellen Gulley 65’), Orr Barouch (Paulo Mendes** 46’)

Substitutes Not Used: Alec Dufty, AJ Jeffries*

Colorado Rapids: Steward Ceus; Danny Earls, Scott Palguta, Michael Holody, Eddie Ababio; Joseph Nane (Dillon Serna* 77’), Quame Holder** (Davy Armstrong 62’), Ross LaBauex; Andre Akpan (Josh Janniere 71’), Quincy Amarikwa, Steven Emory

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Sharpe, Sterling Copeland 

*Academy Player

**Guest Player 

Scoring Summary:

COL – Quincy Amirikwa (penalty kick) 13’

COL – Steven Emory (unassisted) 20’

Misconduct Summary:

COL – Danny Earls (Caution; Reckless Tackle) 51’

CHI – Michael Videira (Caution; Reckless Tackle) 53’

CHI – Paulo Mendes (Caution; Reckless Tackle) 77’



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  • Post game locker room video of Oduro and Gibbs up on the Fire Confidential FB page.

    Voting ends September 9 in CBS' MVB contest.....

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    Yo! You missed this buddy. I don't know about anybody here, but I think this was a great trade, since we're not going to be using it anymore, especially on somebody names Eddie Johnson.

    Fire make trade with Sounders

    BRIDGEVIEW, IL – The Chicago Fire has traded their allocation spot with Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for a third round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and Sounders FC’s spot in the allocation order.

    Seattle obtained the Chicago Fire's No. 4 position in the allocation order. With the trade, the Fire acquired the sixth spot in the allocation order, however, with Seattle’s addition of Sammy Ochoa, Chicago holds the fifth allocation spot for incoming U.S. Men’s National Team players.

    With the addition of the natural 3rd round pick from Seattle Sounders FC, the Fire bring their 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick total to five - one first round pick, two second round picks and two third round selections.

  • In reply to waam:

    I posted that trade story at the bottom of Fridays game preview post. It's a good move.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Whoops. Maybe you are thinking that these moves don't deserve to get their own posts?

  • In reply to waam:

    Just like to make you read everything in every post. ;)

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    FINE! I will read, everything! :) Really though, I never ever have the chance to thank you for being so comprehensive in your coverage of the Fire. So thanks man, and I think many people here agree.

  • In reply to waam:

    Thanks Waam.

  • On left back..... Voting with the heart, Pari ( Παρι ) should play, but Banner could be a good choice, yet really i want to see Mikulic. I think based on experince, clearance and distribution 23 gets the spot. Cuesta's size could serve well, only i'd be concerned about his learning curve, and his marking.

  • think the 3rd rounder is nothing really.. would like to see pari in, also i thought pineda was a midfielder, has he always been practicing as a fb since he signed?

  • In reply to lijien:

    Pineda typically plays in the holding mid role or on the wing but it seems that they wanted to get a look at whether or not certain guys are capable of filling in at other positions if needed.

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    In reply to lijien:

    I disagree. After the 1st round, it's all a crap shoot, so the more picks you have the better chance of getting somebody into workouts that might pan out. It doesn't hurt especially since we weren't going to use our allocation pick anyway.

  • Is the game tomorrow televised or streamed online?? wish I could go but work is a bitch.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    It will be streamed live online. I might even have it streamed here so you can comment as it progresses.
    Brendan Hannan and Jeff Crandall will handle the play by play duties.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Yeah, please try. I would much rather hear what our group has to say rather than listen to random junk on the other sites.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Do you know if the game is available online for later viewing (like a DVR)? I can't watch it live, but would definitely watch later Tuesday night or sometime on Wednesday.

    Also count me as one who wants to see a Chicago-Seattle final... but for selfish reasons... it would give me another chance to see the Fire within walking distance of home!

  • In reply to madtown:

    Not sure if the game will be available anywhere in it's entirety after the match but it's something the Fire should really look into getting done. I'll ask the Fire's tech people if that's something they can do.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Sweet, thanks! I know broadcasting rights for sporting events can get complicated, but I bet there are a lot of fans who would appreciate an archive.

  • Awesome, thanks for the info

  • I'm really hoping to see FCD beat Seattle so that TP can host the final. It would be cool to have a Seattle Chicago final though. Kings of the Cup against the two time reigning champs. If that happens hopefully the tv producers will be able to get the full promotional value out of it to try and improve awareness of the cup.

  • In reply to ChiT8:

    Do you think it's a given that Seattle will host the final? Sure, they can guarantee a bigger crowd but hopefully the Fire can put forth a good case to host. Hope so because I can't make tomorrow's game.

    Of course this is putting the cart before the horse since we've not beaten Richmond yet.

  • In reply to Doug:

    While I agree Chicago could put on a good show, USOC already announced hosting scenarios for the final round last week. Fire would host FCD, FCD would host Richmond and Seattle would host either Chicago or Richmond. Bidding was probably done a while ago.

  • In reply to Doug:

    As Mateu pointed out, the potential hosts for the final have already been determined through blind bids submitted by each of the four semi-finalists. Bids were due to be submitted last Wednesday and as most suspected it was always going to be incredibly difficult to beat Seattle in a blind bid because of the attendance they're likely to get for a final.

    If the Fire and Dallas wins, the Fire will host.

    If Seattle wins, they will host.

  • In reply to Doug:

    I'd like to think of the Richmond game as a formality...

  • Don't start counting your hatches before your chickens get laid. Such type of thinking is a formality of having your balls handed to you in a hand basket.
    The Fire should go full bore on this game, even though they are huge favorites. Don't have another game until 9/10. Only change I'd make in the starting lineup is replacing Pappa with Orr who would team up with Oduro on top.
    Pappa is dreaming of Europe, and Europe is saying WTF, do we really need this guy. The chief benefit for Pappa is seeing European football up close with a front row seat while getting paid for it.

  • The day has come, lets get this done. Go Fire!!!

  • Waiting for that pointer to the live stream for tonight's match.

    Seems rediculous to be nervous, but I can't help feeling some concern for this one. Remember! Richmond got here by knocking off Columbus and KC.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Not ridiculous at all, Richmond shouldn't be taken lightly. Although they did get trounced by Orlando City this weekend in the USL Pro playoffs they still did manage to beat Sporting KC in their own stadium while KC was in a pretty good run of form. The Crew lost to them playing mostly reserves but they're still the top team in the East.

  • I may have missed it but did you ever give a Wynalda update?

    And this may sound utterly stupid but what is the thought of Jim Hendry for the Fire front office? I say that because it would immediately raise the profile of the admin side of the team and all his stuff could be sports business related while the technical director handles the soccer side. The Hawks got an ex-Cubs guy and immediately went from page 4 to page 1. I'm sure he's out of their price range but it crossed my mind.

  • In reply to Doug:

    I included the Wynalda update in the Reserve game recap. Wynalda recommended the Mendes brothers to the Fire and wanted to see them in person while he was in town visiting Frank Klopas. The Fire say there is nothing more to his presence than just that. We'll see, he sat with Mike Jeffries through the entire match.

    Hendry is a different type of executive than John McDonough. As a "baseball guy" who is the equivalent of a technical director he would serve no useful purpose with the Fire. A guy like McDonough, on the other hand is exactly what the Fire need as a team president. They need someone who is familiar with the game and the league who has experience running a professional sports franchise from the marketing and administration side. That person also has to understand that running the business side of an MLS team isn't the same thing as running a magazine and can't be approached in the same manner. McDonough has understood the differences from team to team throughout a career that started while working for the Chicago Sting, the Chicago Cubs, and now the Blackhawks. Oddly enough, the Blackhawks implemented just about every change fans had been clamoring for in their rise to prominence on and off the ice.

    At some point, hopefully the Fire will understand that too.

  • GR,
    No preview on this game?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I'll have a brief one up shortly. I'll have to admit...I don't know much about the Richmond Kickers.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    that's OK, be it even for fun...

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