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]]>
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]]>
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.]]>
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.
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.]]>
The game quickly picked up pace as Houston took a 1-0 lead in the 24' thanks to a Brian Ching pass put away by Will Bruin. The Fire didn't hesitate to strike back and bring the match back level as a Pavel Pardo free kick in the 27' bounced off of Logan Pause's back and the underside of the crossbar before sneaking passed Tally Hall for a Fire goal.
The rest of the half saw some opportunities for both sides, but the two teams headed to the dressing room tied at 1.
First half thoughts:
My first thought is that Jalil Anibaba and Arne Friederich don't look comfortable together at the back, they need more time to get a better feel for playing together. It hasn't been terrible, but needs work.
Marco Pappa and Sebastian Grazzini have really stepped up their respective games after a brutal showing at Colorado two weeks ago.
Obviously this is a very abbreviated list of thoughts and recap, more to come in the full post after the final whistle.
*Note since the game has reached halftime, it can be considered an official game if more inclement weather moves into the area.
I find myself sitting up here typing this post and stopping every couple words to look up at the beauty that is Toyota Park. There have been a lot of changes to the stadium decor during the offseason and the park has never looked better.
On to today's match vs Houston Dynamo. The Fire starting XI will see Sean Johnson back in the net with newcomer Arne Friederich, Dan Gargan, Jalil Anibaba, and Gonzalo Segares in front of him. Marco Pappa, Pavel Pardo, Sebastian Grazzini and captain, Logan Pause will hold down the midfield. Patrick Nyarko and Dominic Oduro will be up top for head man Frank Klopas today.
Houston will send Tally Hall into the net, with Andre Hainault, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, and Jermaine Taylor in front of him. Je-Vaugn Watson, Nathan Sturgis, Luiz Camargo and Corey Ashe will patrol the center of the park, and captain Brian Ching will pair with Will Bruin up front for manager, Dominic Kinnear.
The Fire subs will be: Paolo Tornaghi, Austin Berry, Hunter Jumper, Daniel Paladini, Rafael Robayo, Orr Barouch, and Federico Puppo.
Dynamo subs are: Tyler Deric, Warren Creavalle, Kofi Sarkodie, Alex Dixon, Calen Carr, Macoumba Kandji, and Cam Weaver.
Houston come in at 2-1-0 with 6 pts and the Fire are filling all columns at 1-1-1 and 4 pts.
The referee tonight will be Geoff Campbell with assistants Anthony Vasoli and Peter Balciunas, the 4th official will be Drew Fischer.
That's all for now, if you can't make it out to Toyota Park tonight make sure you stay tuned into our Twitter page for match updates, and check back at halftime for a report on the first half of play.]]>
The Fire are 0-8-6 this season when they allow the first goal - a trend that's going to have to change if they're going to continue their pursuit of a playoff spot. They need to press more in the second half and really make Dallas try to defend them.
As for life up here in the press box, it's awesome. I've finally gotten to meet some of the great writers I've interacted with on Twitter, and the view and perks up here are great. Thanks to the Chicago Fire for giving us this opportunity.
Ryan is enjoying his time down on the field as well, he's taken so many pictures that he was complaining at halftime about cramping in his hand...
Stay tuned to our Twitter feed for second half updates.]]>
We were both a little giddy and nervous on the drive over here but those nerves went away as soon as we got to the media check in. We were given our press credentials and told to head up to the press box to get some food. I settled into my spot in the box and Ryan went on his way to head down to the field to set up for pictures.
This really is an exciting day for us here, and we hope that this will help us enhance our coverage of the match. Stay tuned to our Twitter page for updates throughout the match, and don't forget to check the photos page tomorrow for the photos Ryan takes tonight. Enjoy the match and thanks for your continued support and reading - GO FIRE!]]>