(Photo courtesy chicago-fire.com)
There are times in a soccer match when scoring a goal can destroy the motivation for an opponent to mount a comeback. The New England Revolution were that team on Saturday shortly after Luis Solignac put the visiting Fire 2:0 up in the 61st minute. It was the kind of authoritative strike that resulted in the Revs looking like they were ready to pack it in. Good thing for them that they didn’t succumb completely, because Matt Lampson’s failure to punch a ball clear led to Antonio Delamea’s response nine minutes later, and a game that was surely in the bag became competitive once again. The Fire managed to close out for a 2:1 win, but there were more than a few heart palpitations along the way.
New England created enough opportunities to get something out of this game, but the shockingly poor quality of their finishing right in front of goal was their undoing. Despite outshooting the Fire by a gaudy 24-8 margin, the shots on target were far more even (5-4 in favor of New England). They might easily have scored four, with a bit of luck. Instead, they spent the 90 minutes chasing the game, because of what the Fire did to build that two-goal lead.
Can the Fire snatch another draw from the hands of victory or defeat? (Getty Images)
OTF’s Jon Denham welcomes UC Santa Cruz Banana Slug Matthew Fondy to the roster in the form of a letter, and Seth Macomber of The Bent Musket explains why he prefers the Revolution score first…
Will the big guy keep his cool versus the Revs this time around? (photo: soccerbyives.net)
OTF’s Jon Denham is here to explain why his glass is half full, while Seth Macomber of Total MLS provides a glimpse into the New England camp…
OTF’s Stephen Mangat is fired up…
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…
See that over there in Bridgeview Bob? Look carefully now. You may need to remove your shades. Yes, that’s right. It’s a soccer-specific stadium. (photo: espnfc.com)
OTF’s Stephen Mangat is back to preview the Revs and tell you why Paul Revere was a snitch…
Warning: there’s a fair amount of cursing and other graphic language in this Dispatch. So kids, don’t tell your parents, okay?