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Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Chicago Fire, MLS, Philadelphia Union, Recent | 0 comments

Match Preview: Union vs Fire

Chicago Fire

 

Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois

10/3/12 – 8:30 P.M.

TCN

Versus:

 

2 Wins – 1 Tie- 3 Losses

  • This will be the 7th meeting between the two teams.
  • The Union travel to Chicago to play the Chicago Fire for the third time this year. The Union will try to avoid a season sweep. 
  • The Union have not won a game in Chicago, managing only a tie and two losses.
  • Last meeting, on August 12th, The Union were manhandled by the Fire. The final score was 3-1 with two goals by Chris Rolfe and another one by Arne Friedrich.
  • The Chicago Fire are unbeaten against the Union in their last three matches. A 1-1 tie in their last match in 2011 and two wins this year (1-0 & 3-1).

Injury Report

 

Fire:

  • OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)
  • QUESTIONABLE: MF Pavel Pardo (L calf tightness)

Union:

  • OUT: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee menisectomy recovery); FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms); 
  • DOUBTFUL: MF Freddy Adu (L quad strain)
  • QUESTIONABLE: DF Gabriel Farfan (R ankle contusion/R hamstring strain); MF Danny Cruz (L big toe sesamoid stress fracture)
  • PROBABLE: MF Keon Daniel (R knee contusion); MF Michael Farfan (R foot contusion)

Facts:

 

  • The Union are coming off a devastating loss. Thanks to a controversial goal late in the game.
  • The Union have scored a total of 5 goals in their last 2 games, to match that offensive production we need to go back to their previous 9 games to equal that  goal production.
  • With a win, the Chicago Fire would take sole possession of second place and would be 3 points behind Sporting KC  for first place.
  • The Fire are coming off a 2-0 loss against the first place Sporting KC. Prior to the KC game, the Fire had won their last 4 MLS games by outscoring their opponents 10-4.

Danger Men:

  • Chris Rolfe: After spending the last three years in the Danish Superliga, Chris is having a great year. Leading the Fire in goals with 8.
  • Patrick Nyarko: The Ghanaian international leads the team in assists with 7 and has also added 3 goals. Nyarko is currently playing at a high level and continues to be  a very important part of the attack.

Match Ups to Watch:

  • Patrick Nyarko vs Brian Carroll: Brian Carroll needs to know where Nyarko is at all times. Most of Chicago’s attacks start or go through the Ghanaian Carroll needs to keep the pressure and disrupt any advances.
  • Chris Wolfe vs Carlos Valdes/Amobi Okugo: Can the Unions Centerbacks keep Chris Wolfe in check and out of the scoring sheet? They have to in order to have any chance of winning the game.

Villains:

  • Dominic Oduro is the player I normally choose as my villain because of his past antics, but after such a long season, I hate everybody equally, therefore the whole MLS is a villain.

Referees

  • Referee: Abbey Okulaja. 
  • SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry
  • JAR (opposite): Peter Manikowski
  • 4th: Edvin Jurisevic

Prediction: LOSS: 2-0

  • You can make a point that the offense is looking better. You can say that we’re finally scoring goals – 5 in their last 2 games. The reality is that we’re not a very good team. I honestly feel that the Front Office is trying to sell us the fact that we’re a young team on the rise. I’m not falling for it, yes, we’re young. Yes, we have a nice group of kids. The reality is that we are what our record says we are. I’ve stated before and will continue to do so, this Front Office has not made a decision to improve the team on the field. Every decision has been a financial move, going back to last year, getting rid of Jordan Harvey in the middle of the season, breaking up the best rated defense in the league. Back then they said that Vancouver “made us an offer we couldn’t refuse”.  The reality is that the Front Office had decided to put finances ahead of what’s best for team on the field. Unless the Front Office changes their strategy of money over winning……..
  • As far as a prediction, we haven’t won in Chicago and unfortunately that will continue.
  • Today there will be a reunion of sorts, Peter Nowak will be honored by the Chicago Fire as one of the best players in their history…..The Joy.

 

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