Monthly Archives: August 2011

Kings of the cup: Chicago tops Richmond, earns place in US Open Cup Final

There is a reason they call us the kings of the cup right? If being the most successful Major League Soccer club in the US Open Cup isn’t good enough of a reason, then Tuesday night’s 2-1 semi-final win over USL Pro’s Richmond Kickers demonstrated exactly why the Fire boast such an accomplished title. The Fire, fielding a full strength side once again in this tournament, used goals from Sebastian Grazzini and Dominic Oduro to book a place in its sixth US Open Cup Final where they will meet the Seattle Sounders next month. Continue reading


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The Magic of the Cup: Chicago Fire One Step Away from US Open Cup Final

‘The header by Razov… Klopas scores!!’

That’s where it all began. In the 99th minute at Soldier Field in the 1998 US Open Cup final – Chicago’s inaugural season – Frank Klopas popped up in the six yard box to give the Fire a 2-1 lead over Columbus for its first ever US Open Cup triumph (see video at bottom). Now, thirteen years later, the Fire legend and current Interim Head Coach has the chance to lead the men in red to its sixth final of this tournament when they take on the Richmond Kickers at Toyota Park on Tuesday night. Continue reading

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Three Main Points: Chicago Fire 2-0 Colorado Rapids

Both of Chicago's goalscorers from Saturday night's win

7:30 p.m., Toyota Park. Attendance: 15,211. Referee: Juan Guzman

A few hours before the Chicago Fire kicked off against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Toyota Park, Dominic Oduro (@FreakyFast8) tweeted “Was just watching bolt run and I wish I was as fast as him.” Well, let’s just say there was one or two people in the Rapids team who were wishing the same thing about Oduro. The Ghanaian scored his ninth goal of the season with a terrific breakaway goal in the first half that we’ve come to expect from him. The finish on this occasion wasn’t too bad either, especially for a player who has taken so much heat for his finishing this season. Cory Gibbs nodded home a second goal before halftime to send the Fire on their way to a second consecutive win for the first time this entire season, setting the team up nicely for a US Open Cup semi-final match on Tuesday.

Here are my three main points from the Fire’s 2-0 win over Colorado: Continue reading

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The Chicago Fire finally got that second win at home, but can they continue to improve their home form?

League home wins for the Chicago Fire during the past five seasons:

2006 – 8

2007 – 6

2008 – 7

2009 – 5

2010 – 4

So far in 2011 the Chicago Fire have only won two home matches at Toyota Park in MLS play, one of which came last Sunday against Toronto FC courtesy of goals from Dominic Oduro and Dan Gargan. The other? Well, that win came all the way back on March 26th in a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City. An incredible eight draws and two losses have occurred between both of the Fire’s home wins, a statistic few would have predicted prior to the start of the season.

But just how will that statistic look at the end of the year? Have the Fire finally turned the corner following Sunday’s win? Continue reading

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Sean Johnson Post Match Interview

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson shares his thoughts following the Fire’s 1-1 draw with DC United on Thursday night. DC United scored with their only shot on target of the match.

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