National Women’s Day
Since today is International Women’s Day, I thought I’d use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to write about gender 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. Gaby’s piece, linked below, identifies some of the following negative and positive points. Continue reading
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 been properly reignited. Yesterday gave me the proper perspective to gauge that it is the proper time to hit “publish”. Last season, after a series of tragic losses, I lost a bit of passion for the Club and the sport that I love. It didn’t help that fans and the front office were in general disagreement about pretty much everything. Fans protested, in a “Black Out” of sorts, with mixed results. It was a low point in my love for the Fire. My sons also started to give up hope, tired of giving up points after watching 90 minutes of nervous, and at times rudderless soccer. Against this backdrop, I couldn’t find anything positive to write about. My “muse” was gone. Continue reading
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.
May the “Fourth” be with you on this fine May day.
A new contributor to OTF Soccer (George George Gorecki) will be providing a game summary of the Fire’s 1-0 loss on Sunday to Sporting KC. You can read it here: http://otfsoccer.com/2015/05/05/tactical-notes-sporting-kansas-city-have-the-edge-over-the-fire/
In light of George’s considerable soccer acumen, I will simply offer my usual “fluff” and highlight some clever Tweets from Sunday’s frustrating loss.
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.”
Coach Frank Yallop gives the Fire’s 2-1 loss 75% of a thumbs up. (Via Chicago-Fire.com)
James Vlahakis’ review of the Fire’s 2-1 loss to San Jose is an exercise in restrained rage.
This was a match that will stick out in the memories of the Fire faithful. My grim review is not what I wanted to do on my spring break vacation, but as a fan of the game and the Fire in particular, I’m going to be blunt and honest in my assesment. I’m not drinking Kool-Aid on this trip, that’s for sure…
Fire players celebrate winning the drawing the drawing-games record cup (Chicago-Fire.com)
OTF’s Alex White reaches conclusions and paints you a picture of the Fire’s latest you-know-what… Continue reading
“That hunger to be out there and play is what I’m all about.” ~Robert Earnshaw, on what he brings to CF97. Don’t tell me, show me, Robert.
OTF’s Jon Denham gets you ready for Saturday’s action north of the border, while The Yorkies return with an Earnshaw scouting report…
I got your “Opa” right here (mlssoccer.com & tsn2)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s debacle north of the border…
Magee decides to use his PK to get Robles out of the way for his rebound shot (espnfc.com)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s second win of the season against the Red Bulls…
Quincy watching a different game than anyone else (www.theprovince.com)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s latest step in their march toward the league record in draws…
A visual of the Fire on Wednesday night (unknown)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s train wreck in San Jose…
Frank Yallop returns to San Jose tonight. (chicagotribune.com)
OTF’s Jon Denham wonders if Frank Yallop thought he’d be sitting on three wins when he returned to San Jose…
Winning is so much better than drawing (chicago-fire.com)
T.J. Zaremba dissects an ugly, but necessary, road win by the Men In Red
Quincy Amarikwa knows what’s what (Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
OTF contributor Daniel Casey is stunned into joy after Chicago Fire’s win on Saturday…
Sean J under siege in KC (chicago-fire.com)
Play for the draw? It’s a mixed bag from the Roundtable this week…
Graham Zusi dominates, but Sporting KC drops two points to the Fire (kansascity.com)
T.J. Zaremba dissects another one point pick up for the Fire.
La Pantera le gusta la Copa Abierta de EE. UU. (mlssoccer.com)
The OTF Roundtable is back to ponder the future…
A lot has happened since these two teams met in Seattle last September. (Photo: soundersfc.com)
OTF’s Jon Denham is curious who makes Saturday night’s starting XI, and Stephen Agen warns of an in-form Seattle Squad…
Just how much traffic will there be in front of Sean Johnson, especially over the final 15 minutes when the game may be on the line? (photo: chicago-fire.com)
OTF’s Jon Denham looks to the captain to step up as he returns to Colorado, while Emily Ainsworth brings the view from mile high…
Big Red says, “Chalk up ANOTHER 1 pointer!” (photo: Abel Arciniega | Chicago Fire)
T.J. Zaremba dissects an encouraging performance, but disappointing result last Sunday…
Have you grown weary of scenes like this? (photo: dispatch.com)
It’s still early, but the Roundtable ponders a question many answered before First Kick…
T.J. Zaremba dissects the dumpster fire that was Chicago’s performance against the Columbus Crew
Fire fans on tour: A disappointed lot.
OTF contributor Daniel Casey mulls over Chicago Fire’s third loss of the season…
We’ve got the power! (photo: empireofsoccer.com)
Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…