Archive for September 2013

Playoff spots likely to be determined at the wire

No matter how many different angles you take to attempt deciphering the MLS Cup Playoff chase and trying to figure out which teams will claim the five available spots in each conference, just know this – nothing is likely to be decided until the final weekend. The clubs still jockeying for position in the crowded... Read more »

Fire 2 Impact 2 - recap and ratings

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The Fire have had their share of disappointing results this season and there’s little doubt that a better fate was deserved in this one. After a relatively even first half that saw Montreal enter the break with a 1-0 lead, Frank Klopas inserted Alex and Chris Rolfe into the match in place of Logan Pause... Read more »

Fire v Impact match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Berry, Larentowicz, Segares M Nyarko, Pause, Rios, Duka F Magee, Anangono Bench: Tornaghi, Jumper, Thompson, Alex, Lindpere, Amarikwa, Rolfe Impact GK Perkins D Brovsky, Ferrari, Lefevre, Camara M Mapp, Bernier, Arnaud, Warner F Wegner, Di Vaio Bench: Bush, Oiumette, Tissot, Nyassi, Paponi, Romero, Pisanu

Fire v Impact match preview

Repeating the “must win” mantra is getting a bit old because all five remaining games could very well be critical for the Fire’s playoff hopes. Seeing that this match is one of only two remaining home games it’s easy to understand why the Fire need maximum points on Saturday night. A win would incredibly pull... Read more »

Fire Blogapalooz-hour advice

So I’ve returned from vacation to find that ChicagoNow Community Manager Jimmy Greenfield has issued an assignment to all ChicagoNow bloggers asking them to “give an advice to a person, place, or thing. Yourself 20 years ago or 20 years from now, your spouse, former spouse, a sports team, Millenium Park, Metra, everyone of Twitter…”... Read more »

Fire vs. Columbus Crew Match Preview

In what has been a mantra for the Fire during the second half of the 2013 season, the club faces another “must win” game against Eastern Conference rival Columbus Crew, in a game that has playoff race implications on both sides. Columbus currently sits in 8th in the East with 35 points, and could inch... Read more »

Is that Paolo? From Milan? So hot right now.

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All right….so this doesn’t exactly fall into the category of news or even anything having to do with a playoff push, front office changes, or let’s face it….soccer but this Hunter Jumper/Austin Berry Zoolander tribute is pretty funny. You have to admire Jumper and Berry’s commitment to the lines. So brutal… yet so great.  ... Read more »

Fire 3 Revolution 2 - recap and ratings

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Finally. After failing to take advantage of numerous opportunities to gain ground on playoff contenders the Fire finally capitalized on the ineptitude of the remainder of the Eastern Conference by laying claim to one of the top five spots in the East. By doing so they’ve put themselves into a position to rely solely on... Read more »

Fire v Revolution match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Segares, Berry, Soumare, Anibaba M Lindpere, Rios, Larentowicz, Nyarko F Magee, Anangono Bench: Tornaghi, Jumper, Alex, Duka, Pause, Amarikwa, Rolfe Revolution GK Shuttleworth D Farrell, Tierney, Goncalves, McCarthy M Caldwell, Rowe, Nguyen, Sene F Fagundez, Imbongo Bench: Stuver, Barnes, Soares, Dorman, Agudelo, Barrett, Davies

Fire 1 Toronto FC 1 - recap and ratings

These are the type of games where the best teams make statements. On the road, against a lesser opponent, with yet another chance to capitalize on advantageous results. That’s when you expect genuine playoff contenders to make their moves. Time and again over the last two months the Fire have been presented with golden opportunities... Read more »