(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.
STL FC’s Patrick Doody (on loan from Chicago Fire)
Absence makes the heart grow fonder—Matthew Bird checks in on Saint Louis FC after a bye week as Chicago Fire loanees and StL locals make their mark.
Been awhile since I last updated on what’s been going on down here in sunny Saint Louis, We’ve had three games and a bye week. Bye weeks suck. I mean seriously, you don’t have professional soccer in the city for 5 years…
As they face an early season challenge, OTF correspondent Matt Bird thinks Saint Louis FC has the personnel and the fan base to be a USL force. Sydney Leroux agrees.
It’s been an odd few weeks of ups and downs here in St Louis. We received Patrick Doody from the Fire in time to travel to play the Tulsa Roughnecks in Tulsa on the 21st March. We also signed MLS Saint Louis native Brandon Barklage. This was quite the coup and was totally unexpected.
Correspondent Matt Bird ponders the history of the beautiful game in STL as Saint Louis FC ups the quality with local talent and Chicago Fire reinforcements.
We’ve waited a long while, me, personally for nine months since the team was announced back in May 2014. Others will say they’ve been waiting for a team for five years since the one-year wonder AC Saint Louis folded in 2010.
Saint Louis is a soccer town, make no mistake about it. What kind of soccer town has yet to be determined. Back in the ’50s and ’60s was the heyday with Simpkins Ford and Kutis winning US Open Cups, and all too fondly remembered. The ’80s and ’90s were all about the indoor game with the Steamers and Ambush plying their trades around the tough MISL circuit. Now with MLS having exploded since the 1994 World Cup, the professional game has seemingly passed us by.