Archive for September 2011

Fire 3 Chivas USA 2 - Recap and Ratings

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Perhaps this is a match that would have ended in a draw just a few months ago but the Fire showed some resiliency after blowing a two goal lead.  Faced with playing a man down for almost an hour the team did drop back and allowed Chivas USA to get back into the match before... Read more »

Fire v Chivas USA Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Mikulic, Gibbs, Segares M Pappa, Pardo, Grazzini, Pause F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Conway, Cuesta, Pineda, Husidic, Paladini, Chaves, Barouch Chivas USA GK Kennedy D Lahoud, Umana, Valentin, Jazic M LaBrocca, Elliot, Moreno F Mondaini, Angel, Braun Bench: Thornton, Boyens, Trujillo, Courtois, Gavin, Zemanski, Flores

Fire v Chivas USA Match Preview

Another chance to pick up maximum points against a struggling MLS side should be enough to keep the Fire’s flickering playoff hopes alive.  After a surprising start to a campaign that saw Chivas USA maintain a spot in the thick of the playoff race they have fallen into the position that most expected of them... Read more »

Fire Add Another Academy Affiliate

While the club hasn’t exactly been successful on the pitch over the last two seasons the Fire are taking steps to building for the future through their academy programs.  The club has announced a partnership with Indiana United Soccer Club Development Academy, one of the top ranked youth academies in the country. The organization has deservedly taken... Read more »

Chivas 1 Fire 0 - Post Game

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Chivas De Guadalajara defeated the Fire 1-0 on the strength of a second half free kick beauty from Jorge Mora.  Despite the loss the Fire’s starting eleven acquitted themselves pretty well against a good Chivas side.  The crowd of 18,224 mostly Chivas supporters saw a decent first 45 minutes followed by a parade of substitutions... Read more »

Marko Maric Waived

After just one appearance (the April 14 debacle in Portland) the Fire have waived midfielder Marko Maric.  The move comes just one day before the MLS roster freeze deadline of September 15 and opens up an international roster spot.  Maric, whose salary is listed at $200,000.00 guaranteed for 2011 was the second highest paid player... Read more »

Tuesday News and Notes

ML$ News The last few days have yielded some interesting news on the MLS financial front.  Firstly Sports Business Journal reported on a possible transaction between MLS and Providence Equity Partners.  The deal would involve Providence purchasing a 25% stake in Soccer United Marketing (SUM) from MLS for a cool $125-$150 million.  SUM is the... Read more »

Earthquakes 2 Fire 0 - Recap and Ratings

The Fire have have maintained the annoying ability all season to play up or down to the level of the competition and this match was no different.  An effort that seemed listless and disorganized from the get go resulted in the San Jose Earthquakes ending a 13 game winless run and therefore bypassing the Fire... Read more »

Fire v Earthquakes Match Preview

The San Jose Earthquakes are struggling.  No wins, six losses, and seven ties in their last 13 matches has put Frank Yallop’s side in a dire situation just one point behind the Fire but headed in the wrong direction.  To make matters worse the club signed Ecuadorian forward Edmund Zura on loan from El Nacional... Read more »

Mid Week Injury Report

A look at the mid week injury report shows Sebastian Grazzini and Mike Banner as questionable.  Banner, who has not played in a regular season match this year while recovering from achilles injuries was Gonzalo Segares’ most likely replacement at left back before spraining his ankle during a first half collision in Tuesday’s reserve league match.  Frank Klopas... Read more »