David Villa's goal wasn't the difference, but it was a dagger nonetheless.
The Philadelphia Union yet lose yet again, this time to hated rival New York City FC. The Union had a number of good chances with movement and getting the ball into dangerous areas in the first half, but they were unable to convert in the final third.
If any psychological demons remained in the Chicago Fire's locker room following their 6:2 debacle at RFK Stadium last week, they were exorcised on Saturday when the Fire swept the Philadelphia Union out of town by a resounding 3:0 scoreline. The Fire played played some attractive soccer at times, and were competent on both sides of the ball.
As the Fire continue to slide towards the worst season in club history one has to wonder just how bad this is going to get. After dropping out of the US Open Cup with a whimper, they followed that with what could have been a five or six goal onslaught from the same Philadelphia team that knocked them out just days earlier.
Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson pulled a rabbit out if his hat several times last Sunday to keep the Fire competitive in a match in which the Philadelphia Union easily could have buried them. The teams traded goals and leads back and forth, but the affair was not settled until Kennedy Igboananike drove him his second goal of the match deep into second-half stoppage time to salvage a 3:3 draw.
The Chicago goalkeeper's amazing stretch of saves stole points Sunday from the Union and demonstrated what Philadelphia is missing, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, notes on the U.S. Open Cup, USL PRO in Bethlehem, and "so Union."
I am not even sure how I feel about this game. It was exciting in the last ten minutes, but the overall feeling at the end is disappointment. There were so many what-ifs in this game: what if Sean Johnson missed just one of those ridiculous saves; what if the refs had called the handball at the end; what if the refs had called it when the ball went out of bounds (twice) before the final goal; what if the Philadelphia Union could have shored up their defense and not let those risky situations occur in the first place?
The cities of New York and Chicago have always been just a bit different, even if they have plenty in common. They're two of the most recognizable metropolitainsin the world, but both present an entirely different vibe. They aren't traditional rivals by any means, except when it comes to pizza, even if their respective sports franchiseshave collided for plenty ofmemorable momentsin the past.
Sporting Kansas City ended their preseason on a sour note, falling in their final game in Tucson, Arizona to New York City FC 1-0. Peter Vermes put out a lineup that would likely be considered extremely close to the 11 that will take the field next weekend in DC. The big absence from the team was forward Dom Dwyer who had a minor knock.
The U.S. Men's National Team's January camp roster has been boosted by the inclusion of a veteran fullback.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Brad Evans will be available for training for the USMNT's annual winter camp, which began last week and will conclude with friendlies at the StubHub Center againstIceland on Jan.
The deal has been in place for at least a week now but it became official today, Sean Johnson has been traded to Atlanta United FC in exchange for General Allocation Money. The expansion side then dealt him in anticipation of signing USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is returning to MLS this coming season.
As the longest tenured Fire player on the current roster, Sean Johnson's days in Chicago may be over. Then again, they might not be. Johnson was named the 2016 Supporters' Player of the Year as voted on by fans.Johnson and Section 8 Chicago donated $1000 to Matt Lampson's LampStrong Foundation which aids in the support of cancer patients.
This past February the Chicago Fire signed goal keeper Matt Lampson after a preseason trial run. On the surface it seemed that he would be a player that would push incumbent starter Sean Johnson in training and get the occasional Open Cup start or fill in due to injury or national team call up.
This round saw Rolfin' on the River put up 87 points to lead the league. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $11.6) wore the armband and scored 24 points on a goal and an assist. David Villa (NYC, $12.5) scored 12 points on a goal and an assist, and Patrick Nyarko (DCU, $7.
The Red Bulls put up points in New York City proper
This round's leader was Birdbomb SC, who put up 98 points. Will Johnson (TOR, $8.3) led the way with 15 points with one goal scored, while teammate and captain Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.7) scored 14 points in two games. Both Axel Sjoberg (COL, $5.
Following last weekend's debacle in DC the Fire showed some pride and put together another very good team performance reminiscent of the win in Montreal that they were looking to build on. Chicago was the better side for most of the night and have moved out of the MLS cellar surpassing Columbus and Houston for that dubious distinction.
It may have come against the team with the second lowest point total in MLS but the Fire had what was probably their best overall performance of the season in this much needed 1-0 victory. The 4-3-3 alignment that looked lethargic against New England worked well enough in this match. Chicago outshot Houston 20 to 10 (7 to 1 on target) despite the visitors holding a bulk of the possession.
David Accam returned to starting line-up, Sean Johnson was back in goal, and the Fire even registered two shots on goal but that wasn't enough to overcome one mistake in a 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. A 30th consecutive road match without a win continues to tack on to an already dubious MLS record and the Fire are off to their worst start after ten games in team history.
Since today is International Women's Day, I thought I'd use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to writeaboutgender equality among soccer fans and players. Did you know that FC Dallas have female capos? I did not until I read this great piece in What a Howler written by Gaby Kirschner.
Since today is International Women's Day, I thought I'd use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to writeaboutgender equality among soccer fans and players. Did you know that FC Dallas has female capos? I did not know this until I read this great piece in What a Howler written by Gaby Kirschner.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sporting Kansas City did nearly everything right offensively on Wednesday against theChicago Fire.The visitors kept 67 percent of the possession, completed twice as many passes and outshotChicago 19-3, but time and time again couldn't findthe most important, finalpiece of the offensive puzzle.
I'm back, with another installment of my "Monday Musings" column on a Tuesday. Why am I back? Or, why was I gone? The answer to both questions is simple: a loss of "passion" for my beloved Chicago Fire Soccer Club. I'd been sitting on a draft of this piece, weighing whether my passion has beenproperly reignited.
Filibuster is back on a Tuesday morning, and we're both happy (about soccer) and sad (about Prince). We start (7:30) by talking about D.C. United's 3-0 win over the New England Revolution, and we have to mention the Luciano Acosta goal. We talk about how Fabian Espindola got himself injured by shooting as well as the improved play of Bobby Boswell and the back four.
After scoring 72 points this round, Seoul Train was the league leader. The leading scorer was captain Kei Kamara (CLB, $8.6), whose goal and assist led to 22 points. Kamara's teammate, Ethan Finlay (CLB, $8.3) scored 16 points on two goals and an assist, and Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.
DCU's #1 picked up the injury before camp, with the extent of the injury still to be determined
With just over a month and a half until their first CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal game against Queretaro, D.C. United announced on Tuesday evening that goalkeeper Bill Hamid withdrew from the USMNT camp, with an undisclosed knee injury.
While I was attending the United States men's friendly against Peru at RFK Stadium last week, a funny thing occurred to me as I was waiting for the 7:36pm kickoff. It was malaise, apathy, and compared to previous USA friendlies that I have done to at RFK or elsewhere, I just wasn't in the mood for it.
Trading Sean Johnson left the Fire with 12 contracted players eligible for Tuesday's Expansion Draft. All MLS clubs could protect 11 players from selection by Atlanta or Minnesota, and the Fire's eleven are: Accam, Alvarez, Campbell, de Leeuw, Goossens, Kappelhof, Lampson, Meira, Polster, Solignac, Vincent Unprotected: Arshakyan, Cocis, Gehrig, Harrington, LaBrocca, McLain, Morrell, Stephens, Ramos, Tham Homegrown Players Collin Fernandez, Patrick Doody, Drew Conner, and Joey Calistri were exempt from eligibility.