11 October 2011
Posted in Chicago Fire
The Fire will look to continue their run towards a wild card berth tomorrow night when they host FC Dallas at Toyota Park. With a potential playoff spot on the line, as well as the Brimstone Cup bragging rights, I expect to see a fantastic match. Most of you remember the last time these two teams met, it was the season opener. A brand new season was upon us and everyone had hope for things to come. Diego Chaves helped add to those hopes just 17 minutes into the new season - banging in a Cory Gibbs rebound. Unfortunately, FC Dallas equalised within 90 seconds, and the match stayed a 1-1 draw until the whistle. The Fire couldn't find a winner even after Brek Shea was sent off in the 55th minute after he pulled down Gaston Puerari. The Fire came away with one point and a fairly good feeling after drawing the MLS Cup runner-up from the year before.
This match will be different. The Fire need a different result. They need 3 points. They need to come out and get up early, just as they have been during this run of good form. Unfortunately, Marco Pappa will be returning from international duty and will probably not be available for selection tomorrow. Dallas will be without 35 year old defender Daniel Hernandez who's suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
Dallas comes in riding a pretty low wave. They've lost 6 out of their last 8 MLS matches and are looking to make that 7 of 9 tomorrow night. In order to pull off a victory, the Fire are going to need to score early - and they're going to need to score a couple. Dallas has allowed more goals between the 16-30 minute than any other interval - which is excellent because that's the very same interval that the Fire have scored most frequently. Even more importantly, the Fire have not lost a game this year where they scored the first goal. They haven't won a game in which they allowed the first goal. It will be VERY important to get that first goal, and get it early.
I expect to see another 3 point effort from our men in red tomorrow night, and I predict another SJ clean sheet. I'm going to say Fire 2 - 0 FC Dallas. Goals will be from Pardo and Oduro.
A couple of quick notes:
Dan Gargan and Cory Gibbs next match will be their 100th career MLS match.
Baggio Husidic's next match will be his 50th career MLS match.
Suspended with one more yellow card: Chaves, Gibbs, Oduro, Gargan
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