The above image shows the United States Women’s National Soccer Team at a happier time, celebrating its 2015 World Cup Victory at the White House with various officials of United States Soccer Federation (“US Soccer”). By now you’ve heard about the lawsuit that US Soccer has filed against the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association (“Union”). The lawsuit is rather simple, and contrary to number of tweets in support or the Union and/or against US Soccer, it is not an attack against the players themselves. Rather, the lawsuit boils down to a single, simple issue. Continue reading
Fire Lose, but Red Stars and Fire Academy top out the Weekend with Victories
The Fire lost to Real Salt Lake in the Fire’s lone meeting with this Western Conference opponent.
On the positive side, Section 8 was loud yesterday and the Chicago Red Stars were greeted with open arms by Section 8 supporters as well as their own supporters, Chicago Local 134. The Red Stars gave the fans something to cheer about, beating Boston Breakers, 3-0. Awesome scarf!
For good or for bad, the Fire’s loss did not have the gut punch of last year’s 3-2 loss to Salt Lake with late game goals. Rather, this time the Fire went down 2-0 and attempted a last minute comeback after Shaun Maloney earned a penalty kick in the 88th minute. Captain Jeff Larentowicz scored on a strong, well-placed shot. And credit to him to following up his shot and picking up the ball and running to the center circle with a sense of restrained urgency.
Here’s my latest “Monday Musings” contribution on various topics: a weekend without the Fire; #scrimmagegate; fitness; Aston Villa vs. Liverpool; Wrigley Field and “Tweets of the Week.”
Part 1, What’s a Fire Fan to Do Without a Fire Game?
With the Fire not playing this weekend, what’s a Fire fan to do? Many Fire fans made the trip to Lisle see the Chicago Red Stars play.
It was a chilly night that just kept getting colder as the sun set in Lisle Saturday night. The Red Stars were set to welcome Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Reign FC for the first match in Chicago’s 2015 campaign. It felt like a quiet night at the start, but as soon as the cobwebs fell off, it quickly turned into a shootout.
The first 30 minutes were mostly in the midfield with no real chances at either end, but shortly after, the game opened up in a big way. Seattle hit the scoreboard in the 31st minute first with Rapinoe sending in a corner that Chicago keeper Karina LeBlanc would see sail past her fingers (unfortunately a theme on the night) and would then be directed in by Beverly Yanez. The Red Stars answered almost instantly when Christen Press was fed after a strong run and the shot was slotted coolly past Hope Solo in the Seattle box for the equalizer.
UPDATE: According to this tweet from Chicago Local 134, there will be pizza and beer at the tailgate with a suggested donation of $5.
Well, the Fire just started getting it together, and suddenly we have a have a couple of bye weeks. No need to fret though, because the Chicago Red Stars will be opening their campaign this weekend and we have the answers to your questions in order to make your first trip just as enjoyable as visiting beautiful Bridgeview (if not more). Continue reading