Monday Musings, Episode III – Revenge of the Greek

Here is my third installment of “Monday Musings.”  As always, it’s a mix of insight, analysis and fluff.

Part I – Fired Up Friday

First off, after some notable snipping on Twitter among Fire fans, it’s a relief to see everyone happy after the Fire got its third victory of the season on a cold and blustery Friday night.  While not quite a sell out in terms actual attendance, the crowd was very loud, and truly into this match.  It has been a long time since we’ve had this type of atmosphere at Toyota Park.  Section 8 was very active and there was even stereo effect between Section 8 and Sector Latino during goal kicks.  You all know the irksome chant.  Someone did their best to translate it when Montreal’s Evan Bush was subjected to this “friendly greeting.”

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Preseason Postmortem: Chicago Fire (0) vs. New England Revolution (1)

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Left-to-Right: Juan Luis Anangono, Baky Soumare, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, and Jeff Larentowicz follow a cross in (photo: Chicago-Fire.com)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey ponders pairings after the Chicago Fire first loss of the 2014 preseason…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. New England Revolution #3

Sean Johnson try to keep a clean sheet against the youthful New England attack (photo: Getty Images)

Sean Johnson and company will try to keep a clean sheet against a youthful New England attack
(photo: Getty Images)

OTF’s Jon Denham wants to see Hunter Jumper in the lineup and Total MLS’s Seth Macomber fills you in on the latest from New England…

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No Defense for Love: Arne and Austin by Grabe and Harrer

Berry and Friedrich: Inspiring Artists (photo: chicago-fire.com)

A few weeks back, while riding the #FireBus to KC, I met some fine folks and fans of the blog who let me in on a little secret. “You see,” they told me, “there’s this illustration inspired by Fire play-by-play man Dan Kelly that’s going to rock the entire #cf97 Nation.” “Really?” I said. “Well how about giving me a look?” And oh were they right.

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Dispatch from a Man in the Stands: Fire vs. Columbus Crew

Baller Style. (Photo: Getty Images)

Crisp, clear fall weather. A crowd of 19,172. Section 8 at full throttle. Sector Latino rockin’ the house. A hated rival. All these things and more contributed to a playoff-like atmosphere inside Toyota Park on Saturday night when the Men in Red took on the Columbus Crew in a mutually vital Eastern Conference match.

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Dispatch from the Couch: Fire at DC United

I know what I saw last night: too much of this. (Photo: mlssoccer.com)

Houston, we have some problems: fitness, fatigue, questionable lineup and tactical decisions, and most apparent of all, liabilities in defense. And for good measure, I’ll throw a little hubris into the mix.

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at DC United

DeRo: Don’t hate the playa?

A quick turnaround after the third Chitown beatdown in a row of an Eastern Conference opponent (the lowly New England Revolution) has the Men in Red traveling over to the nation’s capital to take on Dwayne De Rosario and the Dirty Birds known as DC United.

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Dispatch From a Man in the Stands: Fire vs. New England Revolution

(photo: goal.com)

(photo: goal.com)

As the afternoon passed, you could feel it. A heady vibe that smacked of faith rather than hope.

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Dispatch from a Man in the Stands: Fire at Philadelphia Union

Fire fans (top right of opposite side), Delaware River (background), sweet Ron Jon shirt (foreground)

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