Fire v Revolution Match Day

Starting Line Ups


GK Johnson

D Gargan, Mikulic, Anibaba, Segares

M Pappa, Grazzini, Pardo, Pause

F Oduro, Nyarko

Bench: Conway, Cuesta, Bone, Husidic, Paladini, Barouch, Chaves


GK Reis

D Alston, Coria, Barnes, Tierney

M Guy, Feilhaber, Joseph, Mansally

F Caraglio, Schilawski

Bench: Shuttleworth, Loewy, Boggs, Fagundez, Phelan, Dube, Kinne


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  • Good to see the Fire take an early strong position in this game. Going in I was concerned about the Fire tendancy to play their poorest against the opponents they seemed sure to be able to beat. This dominance, assuming it holds, may be the strongest sign yet that the Fire has turned it around.

    At the start of this game I recall thinking (when the announcer said something about how important Grazzini has been) that Pavel Pardo is due a lot more credit than he gets for the changes we've seen. Already that seems more obvious, after Pardo initiated action to get Grazzini off the pitch. Pardo is become a real leader on this team.

    Odd to see all that sunshine on the field in Bridgeview while it's so overcast here in Oak Park and we have had no sunshine.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Totally agree....Pardo has been an excellent addition on and off the field. Grazzini makes it go but Pardo is also a big part of this second half improvement.

  • A 3-0 lead is both enjoyable and what the Fire should be capable of against a side that isn't that great to begin with and is really underhanded because of injuries. Plus it's just plain fun to see your team take a big lead.

  • Is Reis even trying out there?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    That third goal was pretty weak.

  • I think Reis' sun may have set. How old is he?

    He definitely was affected mentally by the penalty kick when he so weakly and indecisively defended the Nyarko goal.

  • What a weird finish. Fire definitely lost a little focus in the last few minutes, making a 3-0 win look like a close game. Against a better team, you draw or lose, but I'll take 3 after that.

  • Whew! That didn't look so good at the end there. Think some of our guys must have been running on fumes.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    i think it was more like: some of the players figured the game was over already and let up a bit

    nice to see the Fire be able to coast for much of the match tho - most of their matches all year have been hard fought close ones. those were 3 of the easiest goals in a single match they'll ever get

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Perhaps you're right. I was getting grandkids ready to go home and didn't catch exactly what happened. Did anyone spot where the breakdowns happened on those 2 late goals? Somebody dozing on coverage?

  • In reply to Arklow:

    On the Revs' first goal, it looked pretty clear to me that SJ was fouled. He went up for a ball and got his hands on it, then was bumped by a Revs player and lost it.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Ufficio is right. The first one should have been waved off. The second was a result of lazy team defending on a late throw in.

  • btw, i loved oduros "hot shoe" celebration :)

  • why Grazzini pull of?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Tightness in his left hamstring. He can use the rest anyway as we'll need him again Wednesday.

  • the games didn't fall in fire favor this week. If only the 2 drop games were wins this would be a lot differnet. Even thought Fire getting a little hot down the strech its a little to late...

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