Fire v Toronto FC match day

New sod has been laid at Toyota Park and the pitch isn’t exactly in picture perfect condition. Frank Yallop and the Fire issued this statement before the game:

“The field is in bad condition. This has been an on-going issue this season, which is frustrating to all of us at the Club and our fans, alike. As you know, the Village of Bridgeview is responsible for the field, the upkeep of the grounds, and the grounds keeping staff. The Village of Bridgeview knows the severity of our concerns and we will continue to work with them, as they make the needed improvements.”

Starting line-ups


GK Johnson

D Palmer, Larentowicz, Soumare, Segares

M Ward, Watson, Cocis, Alex

F Amarikwa, Nyassi

bench: Reynish, Ianni, Joya, Nyarko, Pause, Ritter, Shipp


GK Bendik

D Bloom, Hagglund, Morrow, Morgan

M Creavalle, Bradley, Bekker, Jackson

F Oduro, Gilberto

bench: Konopka, Orr, Richter, De Rosario, Hall, Lovitz, Moore

Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • The team ... the playing field ... the announcers ... calling this team second-rate is an insult to second-rate teams 'round the world!!

  • Renting it out for HS games on Sundays probably doesn't help.

  • the prem season has started.

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    Some how I'm not surprised about the condition of the field. I guess it kind of reflects the condition of this club in general.

  • EVERYTHING, reflects the condition of the club, even their attempts to get us to renew our season tickets. SMH!

  • I have attended many Sting games, Indoor and outdoor. I have attended Chicago Horizon matches, Power matches and many Fire matches. I have never witnessed anything as pathetic as the current team. Heads down, needless back passes etc. Where is the intensity from the coach? I feel bad for CJ who always seems to be shaking his head in disbelief. It is minor league from top to bottom.

    What we need to do is to send 20k letters to the commissioner begging the league to step in and find new ownership that will restore some semblance of TRADITION, HONOR and PASSION to this hollowed out shell we see before us. Where is the outrage from ownership on the lack of quality of and on the pitch. We never rarely hear from him save for town halls and the White Party...

  • Once again the Fire manage to snatch a tie from the jaws of victory.
    This team does not deserve to be in the playoffs.
    It seems that the Fire lost shape and steam in the last twenty minutes, thought they more than held their own for the first .
    The score easily could have been 3-0, or 2-0, but they let Toronto dictate the last twenty, there is something definitely wrong with the mentality of this group.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    "Once again the Fire manage to snatch a tie from the jaws of victory." - that's one way to look at it, or as I saw it, "The fire snatch a tie from the jaws of defeat thanks to an incompetent ref".

    "This team does not deserve to be in the playoffs." - duh ;)

  • Yallop's passing the buck on the poor state of the pitch to the Village of Bridgeview is insulting as hell. It reflects the lack of ethical integrity of the ownership group.

    Yes, the Village has rented the field out for gridiron and other events.

    Yes, the Village is supposed to maintain the field.


    They need to rent it out to try and get their heads above water due to a horrible decision to give the Fire a stadium.

    Obviously the deal occurred before Hauptman/Yallop, but they benefit in a huge way financially from having the taxpayers of Bridgeview prop up their infrastructure.

    An ethical club would acknowledge that fact and work out an arrangement where they recognize the emergency financial situation facing the Village and take on the responsibility for maintaining the fields themselves.

    To throw a small, bankrupt, lower-middle class community under the bus whose poor financial situation is exacerbated by the fact they subsidize your operations is the height of arrogance.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    I'm going to agree with you. I'm sure the Fire could (and should) manage to help Bridgeview maintain it. If I'm running Bridgeview, the field at TP is just about last on my list of things I care about considering exactly what you mention. Maybe this is a bit of a power play b/w the town and the team?

  • Guys. I had a brief chat with a fire official about the team. He was definitely pro HAuptman an I was exactly the opposite. His position on supporting anyone that would disrupt the financial position of the team like almost every other Gm in the league was a non issue. Basically he said the team even though there are no DP players should be good enough with johnson and loenwitz to be Just good enough for the fans. Interesting in another conversation I had with a MLS official he said that HAuptman was an embarrassment to the league. Somewhere in between these statements is probably where Hauptmans mind actually is.
    He has made probably 30 million dollars if he sold the team today. One has to wonder what it will take to get this detached California money man out of chicago with a new owner that sees the enjoyment and pride that chicago fans would show if only they had an owner that actually cared about the fans. I for one will not renew my season tickets that I have owned since the start of the fire unti HAuptman is either gone or brings in talented management and a core of young good players. I hope that other season ticket owners do the same. also write to mr Hicks of the fire and tell him how you feel about the team and your expectations. HAuptman passes on his unpleasant communication to Mr Hicks to handley unhappy season ticket owners.

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