Fire Reserves Win Again

The Fire improved their record in the MLS reserve league to 6-1-1 with a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas in Texas this morning.  Diego Chaves scored two goals and Orr Barouch added the third tally.  Barouch is now tied with Cristian Nazirit for the reserve league goal scoring  lead with five. 

Fire Line Up

Conway; Gargan, Cuesta, Watson-Siriboe, Mendoza (Pantazopoulos 46′); Videira (Bone 62′), Paladini, Husidic, Barouch; Chaves (Gulley 58′), Nazirit (Pineda 53′)

Kellen Gulley was shown two yellow cards after entering the match for Diego Chaves and Panchito Mendoza got a look at left back to start the game.  Kwame Watson-Siriboe who is on loan to FC Tampa Bay re-joined the Fire for this game but will return to the NASL side.

Clint Dempsey’s brother Lance, a trialist for FC Dallas also got a start in this game.


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  • Who scored for Dallas?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Bryan Leyva and Daniel Garcia

  • Let's hope they have defeating Dallas in their muscle memory. The Brimstone Cup will be ours!

  • Here's the official release on the "strategic alliance" with Club America, Atletico Madrid, and Internacional.........

    According to the Fire, the mission of the alliance is to "share sporting/commercial practices, improvement in player development, training methods & growth of respective brands."

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    What does this alliance really mean? We've seen precious little from other so-called alliances - Fire with Mexican clubs, MLS with Bundesliga, etc.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Legit question.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Pavel Pardo. I remember him saying that he was familiar with the Fire FO for a while before signing.

  • In reply to iron81:

    He was familiar with them and had spoken to the FO last season while Club America was in Chicago.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    And the reason why CA was in Chicago was probably because of the alliance between CA and the Fire which was inked a couple years ago.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Possibly.....although the signing had more to do with Pardo's desire to play in MLS/Chicago and the hiring of a new agent than anything else. The deal to bring Pardo to Chicago was actually dead before he switched agents and lowered his salary demands to below DP dollars. The deal was struck pretty quickly once Pardo made it known that he intended to play here by just about any means necessary.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I'm sure all that is true, but there had to be an initial reason why he wanted to play here instead of elsewhere in the MLS. Lord knows it wasn't because the Fire were top of the table.

  • In reply to iron81:

    It could be as simple as Pardo really wanted to play in Chicago in similar fashion to other players claiming a desire to play in NY or LA. Pardo is a very principled, stand up type of guy who has a history of making somewhat unconventional moves (in a good way) based on what his professional desires tell him to do. That being said, I'm sure his discussions with the FO and his comfort with Fire representatives leading up to the signing ultimately played a part in cementing his decision.

  • Here's the full reserve game recap........

  • Whatever happened to Ante Razov?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I wish we didn't have to copy and paste links in this new Chicago Now format...something to take to the programmers perhaps? The new format should not make the site worse to use, ya know? Sometimes I want to read these but am just too lazy to copy and very lazy... :)

  • In reply to Drew:

    anyway, i went ahead and read the article...whoa, very very disturbing.

  • Looking at the Fire's history, it reminds me a lot of Arsenal. We were one of the best teams in the league from 1998 until 2003, winning cups and titles, and even a supporters shield in 2003, same year as Arsenal's invincibles. Both clubs then moved to a new stadium around 2006, and neither has won any trophies since then, aside from of course the Open Cup in 2006. Since then the teams have both remained good quality teams in their leagues, with Arsenal staying in the top four and the Fire making it to the three conference championships. And of course, now both clubs are falling farther down the ladder and experiencing bad times.

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