Fire blogger(s): Can we stop over reacting now?

02Apr10

OK, could we just all calm the fuck down?  I realize the Fire lost last weekend.  Shit I was there standing in the fucking cold rooting the boys on.  Yet I was mildly encouraged by the loss.  There were problems but for a team looking to establish a new style of play I thought things went pretty well outside of Logan Pause doing some ball watching at an unfortunate time and the team not creating enough chances (Nyarko tried his damnedest but the rest of the midfield didn’t get rolling until a nice spell in the second half).  I wrote up my thoughts for ASN on the game.  Quick summary: I wasn’t suicidal after the game.  Could have just as easily ended in a draw.  So reading the limited previews I could find about this game you would think the team is completely and utterly fucked after one game.  OK you got me.  Really I’m just talking about the last meaningful post of Sam Stejskal at Fire Confidential.

All offseason, we heard that this year’s version of the Fire would attractively attack. They were supposed to use possession in build up, moving the ball from the back line, through the midfield and — ultimately — to the forwards. The thing is, we didn’t see that at all in last week’s match against the Red Bulls.

Really Sam?  I think we were watching different games.  While the forwards never fully tested Condoul the team did build through the midfield.  The second half of that game was mostly possession by the Fire and they did create some opportunities for their forwards right after Collins John subbed in.  Nyarko in particular was excellent all game and Pappa had some nice moments in the second half.

A true championship contender wouldn’t get bossed around in the midfield to a team coming off a historically bad season. A true championship contender wouldn’t have several players lay an absolute stinker.

Oh you have to be fucking kidding me.  For one the Fire didn’t get ‘bossed around’ in the midfield.  If they did the Red Bulls would have created a lot more chances than the two or three they actually had.  Several players laid stinkers (nice use of a clichéd term there)?  Who?  I thought Logan Pause was bad last week and it was clear Mike Banner still isn’t a left back, yet neither of them were complete failures at their position.  I didn’t feel that anyone was particularly awful.  You could point at Martinez as having a bad game but he wasn’t awful just not as good as expected.  I thought Ward played solid if rusty.  Many people seem to disagree with me on that.  Still he wasn’t a problem in terms of giving up goals or really a lot of chances.

A true championship contender wouldn’t come out flat.

I wonder if Sam knows who won MLS Cup last season?  Wasn’t it a team that had a sub .500 regular season who backed into the playoffs riding a hot goalie to the cup? Oh yeah it was.  Maybe he is talking about the Supporter’s shield.  He couldn’t have possibly made a statement that could be easily contradicted by looking at last year’s March/April results. Oh shit he did.  Fucking Columbus got blitzed 4-1 in their season opener and didn’t win a game until May 9th.  So teams that start the season flat and have players ‘lay stinkers’ (gross) do actually win championships.  Looks like blogger Sam has a short memory.

Adding to the difficulty is the fact that the Rapids, who won 1-0 last week at Chivas USA, are a better team than the Red Bulls. They are a veteran laden squad that has a significant amount of talent — especially in the attacking part of the field. The Fire is going to have to bring a much better effort this weekend if they want to come back to Chicago with points.

Under what metric can anyone state that the Rapids are definitively better than the Red Bulls at this point? I watched the condensed version of the Rapids game on MLS streaming and they didn’t exactly create a lot of chances.  They converted on a very nice, perhaps lucky, goal by Omar Cummings who had the ball gifted to him on a failed Chivas clearance.  The Rapids are also busy integrating a whole bunch of new players into the side, much like the Fire.  If you can draw anything so far from this young season its that Chivas USA has some issues right now.

Finding an identity wouldn’t hurt either…

Your right it is downright shocking and disappointing that one game into the season with new players, coach and style of play that the Fire haven’t carved out a team wide identity to be feared.  The temerity of those assholes.

One preview that didn’t make me want to slam it in a blog post:

Len Zeihm has a nice preview of the game up at the South Town Star website.  Tim Ward gets some quote time and Len breaks the news that Collins John will most likely start this weekend.  Most importantly he doesn’t freak out about the entire team after one game.  Way to show restraint Len!

So MLSsoccer.com’s content is good right?

Lets check in with MLSsoccer.com and their preview of the game.  Oh my what a piece of shit.  Seriously read this for yourself.  I’ll wait here and ponder the state of our defense without Wilman Conde playing (shit shit shit he needs to play).

Did you learn anything there? The most pertinent information is on the left side of the screen in the injuries section where Wilman Conde is listed as questionable with a foot contusion.  Is that information included in the actual game preview?  No.  In fact Conde is highlighted as part of the heroes and villains section (so fucking lame) in his battle with Conor Casey.  Way to go MLS Soccer dot com this was completely worthless.  The section subtitled Stat that makes you go hmmm should die a painful death.  MLSsoccer.com it would be great if you would treat your readers as adults instead of simpletons who need their information described with cutesy headers.  I would love to tell you who wrote this dreck but no one attached their name to it.  That is probably for the best.

Blogger news:

So Sam Stejskal is leaving Fire Confidential to write about the Fire for MLSsoccer.com.  Great he will continue to litter my life with bad previews, short-term memory, reminders that he is a student, and a nugget of news here and there. Guillermo from the comments section at Fire Confidential is taking over that blog.  Well he should be better than Sam. Best of luck Guillermo.

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