Archive for June 2012

Fire 1 Sporting Kansas City 0 - Recap and Ratings

A third consecutive win against Eastern Conference competition should serve notice that the Fire are a legitimate playoff contender for those that questioned whether or not they were a “top 5” team in the division.  The latest victory, a hard fought 1-0 decision over Sporting Kansas City raises the club’s record to 8-5-3 and pulls... Read more »

Fire v Sporting Kansas City match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Gargan M Pause, Pardo, Nyarko, Rolfe, Pappa F Oduro Bench: Nolly, Jumper, Paladini, Bone, Robayo, Alex, Barouch Sporting KC GK Nielsen D Myers, Collin, Olum, Sinovic M Zusi, Cesar, Espinoza F Kamara, Bunbury, Sapong Bench: Kronberg, Besler, Harrington, Thomas, Peterson, Joseph, Saad

Fire pick up Grazzini's option but he won't travel to KC

Javier Leon, the Managing Director of Andell Sports Group announced today that the club has excercised the option on the contract of midfielder Sebastian Grazzini thereby extending his stay with the club until the end of the season.  “The option has been triggered and we expect him to be with us until at least the end... Read more »

Grazzini trains "inside", Kinney back, striker rumors & more

The Fire’s bizarre handling of Sebastian Grazzini’s contract situation took another odd turn today.   The Argentine midfielder did not train with the rest of his teammates this morning at the Toyota Park practice field, instead he trained “inside” the facility according to the club.  Grazzini was not made available to speak to the media... Read more »

Fire 2 Crew 1 - Ratings and Recap

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What appeared to be an easy win when the Fire took a 2-0 lead after 26 minutes turned into a nail biter after Gonzalo Segares was shown a straight red in the 29th.  The club showed some resolve by playing a man down for an hour and scratching out a big win against an Eastern... Read more »

Fire v Crew Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares M Nyarko, Pause, Grazzini, Pardo, Pappa F Oduro Bench: Nolly, Friedrich, Jumper, Robayo, Barouch, Puppo, Rolfe Crew GK Gruenebaum D Miranda, Williams, James, Vukovic M Tchani, Birchall, George, Meram F Gaven, Renteria Bench: Lampson, Francis, Gehrig, Grossman, Finlay, Schoenfeld, Vargas

Fire v Crew match preview

The last match between these two clubs was only was four weeks ago and neither side was able to field their best eleven, missing several key players.  The Fire “rested” Sebastian Grazzini and the Crew were without Milan Mirosevic, who will miss this match although he was able to participate in Columbus’ 0-0 draw against... Read more »

Mid Week Notes

Grazzini plot thickens The Fire did not make Sebastian Grazzini available to reporters following training this morning fueling further speculation that the midfielder’s option may not be picked up come June 30.  Grazzini seemed to have a few words for the coaching staff as he walked by the bench while ignoring hand shake offers after... Read more »

Fire 3 Red Bulls 1 - Recap and Ratings

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The Fire used their two week international break to recover from a busy stretch and three straight losses (including USOC) to bounce back with one of their best performances this season.  Another breakdown on a set piece temporarily allowed New York to get level but the club responded impressively with what should have been three... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares M Nyarko, Pause, Pardo, Pappa, Grazzini F Oduro Bench: Tornaghi, Jumper, Paladini, Robayo, Barouch, Puppo, Rolfe Red Bulls GK Meara D Barklage, Holgersson, Conde, Miller M Richards, Solli, McCarty, Pearce, Lindpere F Cooper Bench: Vuolo, Keel, Lade, Ballouchy, Borrajo, Palsson, Arteaga