Notes from this weekend

Here are a few notes of interest from the last three days and the next few coming up.

Reserves lose to Charlotte

The Fire dispatched the Charlotte Eagles in USOC play a few weeks ago but the Reserves dropped a 2-1 decision on Friday night. Quincy Amarikwa scored the only goal for the Fire just before the half but Charlotte scored in the 70th and 75th minutes for the victoty. Several Academy players got a chance to play in this match.

Fire line up

Tornaghi; Thompson, Taylor, Myall, Jumper; King (Farina 76′), Videira, Lillard, Atouba (Cochrane 75′); Bone, Amarikwa

USA v Honduras

The National Team is riding high atop the hex in qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Brazil and the next match will get the big event treatment. US Soccer is hosting a viewing party in Grant Park tomorrow starting at 4pm. The event is open to the public and the match will be shown on a 19’x33′ HD screen at the Petrillo Band Shell.

Frank Klopas, Logan Pause, and Chris Rolfe are expected to attend. The match starts at 8pm and the event is free. Hopefully US Soccer will stage more of these events as the World Cup approaches.

Next Up

The Fire’s opponent on Wednesday night, the Colorado Rapids had a six game unbeaten run snapped by the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. Colorado (5-5-5) played a man down for most of the match. Midfielder Atiba Harris was shown a straight red card in the 18th minute for a reckless challenge on Alan Gordon.

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  • anyone see the reserve match? would be interested to hear how atouba played and how he's developing. and how'd bone look up top? can't imagine that's a great spot for him. amarikwa finds the back of the net again. he's certainly shown a nose for the goal. he keeps producing, at some point he has to consistently be on the game day roster, no?

  • In reply to Drew:

    I watched it. It's a little tough to get a good sense for each player from watching an online stream but I thought Charlotte was better for most of the night. Tornaghi had a few great saves before letting in a weak one for the game winner. Atouba looked okay as did Bone but I wouldn't say either one stood out. Atouba had an injury that kept him sidelined for a little bit after making the 18 early in the year. I know they like his offensive ability so he'll get a shot if he plays well in training and reserve matches. He may fall back behind Pineda for a spot on the 18 when he returns from the U-20 WC though.
    I liked what I saw of Amarikwa in reserve games while he was playing for the Rapids against the Fire and I think he can be a productive sub. If they can find a way to move MacDonald I think you'll see Amarikwa in the 18 more regularly.

  • MLS trade with some Fire ties......

    The Galaxy has traded for Pablo Mastroeni and the rights to Baggio Husidic. Rapids get international roster spot and 2014 2nd-round draft pick

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Were the Baggio rights an extra to round out the trade or do the Galaxy envision using him? I was just wondering what ever happened to Baggio. I used to follow him on Twitter but I don't know if I stopped or he just stopped tweeting.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Considering former LA defender Greg Berhalter is the coach of Husidic's team in Sweden it would appear that it may be more than just a throw in.
    A bit of an odd trade from an LA perspective.

  • Husidic has made 9 starts in 12 matches for Hammarby this year. I know he and Berhalter have a good relationship, but maybe he's kicking around a return to the states after his contact is up? Hammarby are still 2nd division, and he took a pay cut to play there, so....

    Also, Baggio deleted his twitter account about 2 weeks ago. He hadn't tweeted in a bit, but I'm not sure why he deleted it.

  • According to this rumor, former West Ham striker Carlton Cole is weighing a $1.5 million per season offer from the Fire.....

    DC United, Houston, and San Jose have also been mentioned in rumors surrounding Cole.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    DC is awful, Houston is too hot, and San Jose just axed their manager. Carlton, there really isn't a lot to think about here...

  • He's young, accomplished and has other offers. Sounds like it might be a good signing, so good that it probably won't happen. I would imagine he'd want to stay in Europe from a career standpoint however if he is looking to come to MLS we are probably the most desirable club showing interest.

  • In reply to john:

    He's 29, has 73 goals and 34 assists in 325 games.
    Listed value is 3.5e. Had a relative poor season,
    seemingly some question marks, hard to tell how he would do in MLS, although most of his play was in competition a good notch above MLS, Fire should keep looking.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    From what I read he had limited playing time and had taken less money last year to stay with Westham. He is a cut above the Mac Donald and Puppo like players, loyalty is big in my book and taking less money shows he knows what it means to play for the badge. I also read that he was most interested in LA but that was before Chicago was rumored to have made an offer. I hope that Chicago isn't being used to get more money from LA. Magee and Cole up top with Rolfe on the wing sounds pretty good to me. We would still need a CAM but I think his addition would be good. I'm just happy to hear the Fire are making real offers and not just going after more second tier South American players.

  • In reply to john:

    Who isn't a cut above MacDonald, certainly has much more to offer
    than Big Mac, but still not a risk free option, just don't know who else the Fire are considering at this point. He could be a fairly decent player at the right price, at least he appears to have some pedigree
    in contrast to several of the team's last DP signings.
    I'd rather see Duka instead of Rolfe on the wing, more speed and dynamic play.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I guess you're right about Mac Donald, he's kind of cornered the market on 6 figure goalless strikers. I just used the last 2 players that were paid salaries qualifying them as DP's. Using that very low standard would make this a great move and at the very least a move that could be rationalized. I thought they should go all in on Forlan but that would be a temporary solution at his age. I like Duka too but I'm not giving up on Rolfe yet.

  • I'd hate myself for not getting on here to wish our Fire version of Tobias Funke, Guillermo, a Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday GR, hope you had a great one!

    Why is he our Tobias Funke you may ask? Because he's both our analyst and therapist...Google it, you'll be amused.

    You're the goods, GR!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Ha! Thanks Coquito.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Joining the chorus - happy b-day Guillermo! Hope it was a good one and that there are many more to follow.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Thanks Modibo!

  • Happy belated GR thanks for all the work you do keeping us up to date on the Fire!

  • In reply to john:

    Thanks John!

  • Did anyone else see this quote from Klinsi?
    “Collectively we know a lot better how we want to play. Going forward we know it’s better to have pairs on both sides and pairs up front with Clint and Jozy." etc - See more at:

    Is that another way of saying "Look, we are a 4-4-2 team, but it took me a while to realize that"?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Sounds that way. lol

    I'm still not overly impressed with their play, but I do like what I see from the national team more than I did 4 months ago. Seems like this group has learned how to play together well.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Having Jozy back in goals and a backline pairing set goes a long way to addressing the problems of 4 months ago. Clint's always good for a goal every 2-3 games but as much as I like him, he can't really pick the team up and drag it to victory when it's down. The interview with Klinsy is actually pretty interesting - more introspective, I think. The mood in camp must be different from after the Straus article, but I wonder if it's been improved as a result of the fallout.

    Anyways, hoping for a dominant showing tonight in Salt Lake. And apologies to all for going off-Fire, I'll pipe down now.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    USMNT talk is always encouraged here!

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