Archive for March 2012

Fire v Rapids Match Preview

The Rapids were victorious in their first two matches of the season against Columbus at home and on the road against Philadelphia, although they were outplayed for much of the latter match, before getting pasted in New York 4-1 last weekend.  The lopsided loss to the Red Bulls is a bit deceiving since they were... Read more »

Fire Reserves win, Johnson set to return, and Aston Villa Friendly

The Fire opened up MLS Reserve League play with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.  The lone goal was scored in the 8th minute as Corben Bone volleyed home a ball that was headed in his direction after a throw in.  Bone played well throughout the match on both ends of the field and... Read more »

Fire 1 Union 0 - Recap and Ratings

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The Fire rode a dominant first half effort, another fine performance in goal by Paolo Tornaghi, and yet another goal by Dominic Oduro to a 1-0 victory against the Philadelphia Union to start the home portion of the 2012 season on the right foot.  Chicago had the better of the opportunities throughout the match although... Read more »

Fire v Union Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Tornaghi D Gargan, Anibaba, Gibbs, Segares M Pappa, Pardo, Grazzini, Pause F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Nolly, Berry, Jumper, Paladini, Robayo, Puppo, Barouch Union GK MacMath D Lopez, Valdes, Albright M Gomez, Carroll, Daniel, M. Farfan, Torres F Mwanga, Pajoy Bench: Harrison, Gaddis, G. Farfan, McInerney, Hernandez, Martinez, Witkowsko

Fire v Union Match Preview

The Union come into this match with a variety of internal issues on top of the typical problems associated with coming into a season with high player turnover.  In addition to losing three players to the US-U23 squad for Olympic qualifying and another who is just returning from a call-up on Wednesday night, there is... Read more »

Fire lead up to home opener

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Here’s a nicely done video directed by defender Dan Gargan leading up to the home opener on Saturday.

World Cup veteran Friedrich arrives in Chicago

German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich began training with the full squad today and shed some light on why he chose the route which eventually led him to MLS and Chicago.  A defender with 82 national team caps, Friedrich asked for a release from his contract with Wolfsburg in order to pursue other opportunities.  “It... Read more »

Fire 1 Impact 1 - Recap and Ratings

The Fire has to feel reasonably satisfied with a point on the road given the circumstances of the match but they can’t be too happy with allowing Montreal to control long stretches of possession throughout the middle of the game.  The visitors held their ground and were slightly better through the first 20 minutes but... Read more »

Fire v Impact Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Tornaghi D Segares, Gibbs, Anibaba, Gargan M Pappa, Pardo, Grazzini, Pause F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Nolly, Jumper, Bone, Paladini, Barouch, Robayo, Puppo Impact GK Ricketts D Brovsky, Ferrari, Wahl, Gardner M Arnaud, Bernier, Felipe, Mapp F Nyassi, Braun Bench: Sutton, Corradi, Mallace, Neagle, Thomas, Warner, Wenger  

Fire v Impact Match Preview

It may be easy to dismiss the Montreal Impact as an expansion team after watching their 2-0 loss in Vancouver last Saturday but as the Fire have learned in the past, it’s not so simple to discount the effect of playing on the road in a big opener for the opposing side.  This time the... Read more »