Archive for May 2012

Rolfe returns to training - USOC fallout

Chris Rolfe returned to full training today for the first time since injuring his ankle in his second practice session with the club on April 19.  He traveled with the club to Columbus and worked out with trainer Tony Jouaux before the game on Saturday but wasn’t quite ready to go without a complete training... Read more »

Fire crash out of USOC

It didn’t take long this season.  One and done. The Fire were eliminated from US Open Cup play by a virtue of a 3-2 overtime loss to fourth division PDL side Michigan Bucks.  Frank Klopas went with a reserve line-up that should have been able to handle Michigan but the team came out flat and... Read more »

US Open Cup - Fire v Bucks match day

The Fire’s starting line-up for tonight’s USOC match: GK Tornaghi D Walls, Anibaba, Berry, Jumper M Videira, Paladini, Bone, Robayo F Puppo, Barouch   Follow the webstream at and join our live chat to comment on the match.

Crew 2 Fire 1 - Recap and Ratings

There were no set piece goals allowed in this one but there was still enough lax defending and spotty goalkeeping to allow Columbus to take an early 1-0 en route to a victory in an important Eastern Conference battle.  An Eddie Gaven goal that should have been defended much better than it was put the... Read more »

Fire v Crew match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares M Pause, Pardo, Robayo, Pappa, Nyarko F Puppo Bench: Tornaghi, Paladini, Jumper, Oduro, Bone, Barouch, Videira Crew GK Gruenebaum D Miranda, Mendes, Williams, Francis M Duka, George, Tchani, Anor F Gaven, Renteria Bench: Lampson, Gehrig, Vukovic, Birchall, Grossman, Meram, Vargas

Fire v Crew match preview - Live on NBC 5

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As far as Fire rivalries go, this is the biggest according to Fire Confidential readers.  You voted the Crew as the club’s biggest rival by a wide margin.  Columbus drew 39% of the votes easily outdistancing the New England Revolution who tallied 22%.  The match will be televised for the first time by the local... Read more »

MLS 2012 player salaries

The MLS Player’s Union has released the list of 2012 player salaries.  The Fire’s complete list is shown below.  Needless to say there are some bargains on the books again this year.  Pavel Pardo and Arne Friedrich are the highest paid players in terms of guaranteed 2012 compensation with Patrick Nyarko and Gonzalo Segares not... Read more »

Fire 2 FC Dallas 1 - Recap and Ratings

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The Fire don’t make anything easy for themselves.  Facing an FC Dallas side missing several of their most important players they still managed to fall behind for the eighth time in eleven games this season.  After rookie defender Matt Hedges scored to give the visitors the lead in the 41st minute, a spectacular left footed strike... Read more »

Fire v FC Dallas match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares M Nyarko, Robayo, Grazzini, Pause, Pappa F Oduro Bench: Tornaghi, Jumper, Bone, Paladini, Pardo, Barouch, Puppo FC Dallas GK Hartman D Loyd, John, Hedges, Benitez M Jackson, Marcellin, Jacobson, Hernandez, Leyva F Perez Bench: Seitz, M. Hernandez, Rodriguez, Guarda, Ulloa, Sealy, Top

Fire v FC Dallas match preview / Rolfe update & more

After a loss in Portland on Sunday the Fire have a chance to pick up points against another struggling team when FC Dallas visits Toyota Park on Wednesday night.  Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman has had a juggling act on his hands through their first thirteen games due to injuries and suspensions.  This match will be... Read more »