Hello and welcome to another season of Chicago Fire soccer at Toyota Park.
It's a chilly one tonight even though the official sheet from the club puts the temperature at 40 degrees.
Our Referee tonight is Hilario Grajeda with Kermit Quisenberry and Paul Scott as the assistants. Jorge Gonzalez is the 4th Official tonight.
The visiting Revs come in like this:
GK: Matt Reis
DEF: Andrew Farrel, A.J. Soares, Jose Julio Gonclaves, Kevin Alston
MID: Juan Toja, Kalida Cisse, Clyde Simms (C), Donnie Smith
FWD: Jerry Bengston, Lee Nguyen
BENCH: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman, Kelyn Rowe, Chad Barrett, Diego Fagundez
The Men in Red look like this:
GK: Sean Johnson
DEF: Jalil Anibaba, Steven Kinney, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares
MID: Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz (C), Joel Lindpere, Dilly Duka
FWD: Chris Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald
BENCH: Paolo Tornaghi, Michael Videira, Yazid Atouba Emane, Daniel Paladini, Wells Thompson, Alex, Maicon Santos
Hello and welcome to another beautiful Saturday night from Bridgeview, Illinois. On tap tonight is a match between our beloved Men in Red and the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps.
July 14th, 2012 - Toyota Park
85 degrees and partly cloudy
Chicago Fire (8-6-4, 28 pts) v. Vancouver Whitecaps (8-5-6, 30 pts)
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Referee's Assistant: Adam Wienckowski
Referee's Assistant: Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja
Chicago: Johnson, Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares, Rolfe, Pause (C), Alex, Pardo, Nyarko, Oduro.
Vancouver: Cannon, Young-Pyo, DeMerit, Bonjour, Harvey, Robson, Davidson, Koffie, Rochat, Nanchoff, Mattocks
Chicago: Nolly, Gargan, Bone, Paladini, Pappa, Robayo, Puppo
Vancouver: Knighton, Klazura, Mitchelll, Richards, Teibert, Camilo, Hassli
Hello on a beautiful night from Toyota Park. We are set to see our Chicago Fire (4-3-3 15 pts) take on the visiting FC Dallas (3-6-4 13 pts) in the only Brimstone Cup matchup this season.
Dallas: Hartman, Loyd, John, Hedges, Benitez, Jackson, Marcelin, Jacobson, Hernandez (C), Leyva, Perez.
Chicago: Johnson, Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares, Nyarko, Robayo, Grazzini, Pause (C), Pappa, Oduro.
Dallas: Seitz, Guarda, Hernandez, Rodriguez, Sealy, Top, Ulloa
Chicago: Tornaghi, Jumper, Bone, Paladini, Pardo, Barouch, Puppo
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistants: Peter Balciunas, Kevin Klinger
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja
The first thing that jumps out right away is Robayo starting in place of Pardo.
It'll be interesting to see how Robayo handles himself with the opportunity to start and get some solid minutes.
Coming off the loss in Portland, the Fire need to get out to an early lead and build on it - no giving up the first goal, and no sitting back if they go ahead early.
The lineup has Patrick Nyarko listed in the midfield with a 4-5-1 lineup - no big surprise there.
It's time for the pregame pagentry, I'll check back in with you guys at halftime - make sure to follow along on Twitter if you're not at the park tonight.
We're all set and ready to go on a slightly chilly night here in Bridgeview. The clubs are on the pitch warming up and the CJ Brown Ring of Fire banner is being covered by white sheeting - we're ready for an exciting night.
Chicago Fire (3-2-2 11 pts) v. Real Salt Lake (7-3-1 22 pts) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.
May 9, 2012 7:30 PM CT
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Keys to the Match:
The Fire need to jump out early against the RSL backup keeper. Starter Nick Rimando couldn't make the trip to Chicago due to a knock so the Fire are catching a break in net - they need to capitalize on it.
Marco Pappa needs to continue his run of good form and who better to do it against than the team he scored a hat trick on last season?
If the Fire come out in the 4-5-1 formation that they featured on Friday at Chivas we should be in store for a fun, fast paced match.
Sean Johnson needs to build off of his solid performance at the weekend.
First off, I was about 12 minutes late getting into the press box, so forgive me for not having an in depth halftime analysis. But, let me say this...I'm stumped by what I've seen.
Early on in the half, Nyarko and Oduro were continually making dangerous runs towards the box only to be turned away by the Seattle defense, and the Chicago D looked up to the task against a tough Seattle attack.
And then, late in the first half, Estrada takes a shot that is deflected by Arne Friedrich and lollygagged passed Sean Johnson. It was one of the more bizarre own goals I've seen. But then, aren't they all?
The attack has stalled, and now the Fire look lost when they get the ball to the edge of the 18. They're passing it beautifully up until the box, and then are giving the ball right back to Seattle. They need to sharpen up, and quick.
The final quick point I've got is to keep an eye on the officiating, it's been pretty one way so far, let's hope it evens out.
*Correction: The goal was changed from an OG and credited to Seattle's David Estrada.
*Correction: The goal was changed back to an OG after the final whistle.