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Archives: April 2012

April
28th

Schmid reacts to 2-1 win at Chicago

Schmid

Here’s some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after their 2-1 win at Chicago:

On the added time at the end of the game:
“It was supposed to be four, then [the referee] added another two, then two turned into three, so it ended up being like seven.”

On the result:
“It’s a great win for us. We only play the Fire once, and to play away and be able to get three points is important. Not our best game, our most artistic game, but in the end all that matters is the result. We did well, we created opportunities, we didn’t possess it as well, but we’re very happy with the win.”

On his team’s performance in the second half: Read more »

April
28th

Fire reacts to falling to 0-4-3 vs. Sounders

Here’s some reaction from the Chicago Fire after their 2-1 loss tonight to the Sounders. The result drops them to 0-4-3 in seven MLS regular-season matches against Seattle.

Frank Klopas, Chicago Fire Head Coach
On high emotions)
“The players put a lot into the game. We were playing at home; there were some emotions at the end, but we just have to control that. At times, the referees have to make the right calls and not let it get out of hand. The guys put a lot into the game and they pushed, and you could obviously see that. They wore their emotions and passion to play on their sleeves, but you always have to be under control.”
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April
28th

Estrada’s apparent fifth goal ruled own-goal

Sounders midfielder David Estrada seemed to have scored his fifth goal of the season tonight in Seattle’s 2-1 win over Chicago.

However, the play was later ruled an own-goal by the Fire’s Arne Friedrich.

Very nice set-up by Alonso and Johnson before Estrada’s kick, in any case.

April
28th

Johnson’s first goal as Sounder is game-winner

Eddie Johnson’s first goal as a Seattle Sounder turned out to be a game-winner.

What had once seemed an insurance goal became crucial as the Chicago Fire scored late and continued to swarm until finally falling to Seattle, 2-1, before a crowd of 14,166 at wind-swept Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

It was the 100th MLS regular-season game in Sounders FC history, and the club moved its all-time record to 48-25-27.

More importantly, the Sounders moved to 4-1-1

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April
28th

Saturday comes: Sounders at Fire, 5:30

After a two-week break, the Sounders return to action today at Chicago.

Here’s a quick preview:

SOUNDERS FC (3-1-1; 10 POINTS)
AT CHICAGO FIRE (2-1-2; 8 POINTS)
5:30 p.m., Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
TV:
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 4, David Estrada; A 2, Alvaro Fernandez; S 24, Fredy Montero; SOG 7 Estrada and Montero; GAA 0.40, Michael Gspurning. For Chicago: G 3, Donimic Oduro; A 2, Sebastian Grazzini; S 16, Oduro; SOG, 11 Oduro; GAA 1.73, Sean Johnson.
HEAD TO HEAD: Sounders lead 3-0-3 overall, and 1-0-2 at Chicago.

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April
27th

Sounders in Chicago waiting for Fire

The Sounders have arrived in Illinois and have had a final training session in advance of their game tomorrow at the Chicago Fire.

I didn’t go on this trip, so with no Sounders news expected, here are some pregame notes from the Fire:

FIRE WELCOME SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC TO TOYOTA PARK IN REMATCH OF 2011 US OPEN CUP FINAL
The Chicago Fire (2-1-2; eight points) return home where they will play host to Seattle Sounders FC (3-1-1, 10 points) in “Take the Pledge Fire Goes Green” night at Toyota Park Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. Pacific.)

This is the first meeting between the two squads since the 2011 U.S. Open Cup Final on October 4, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Sounders FC pulled out a 2-0 win over the Fire to clinch their third straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.

The Fire head into the match looking for their first-ever win against Seattle. The team is 0-3-3 in the clubs’ previous six regular season matches, going 0-1-2 against Sounders FC at Toyota Park.

Sounders FC enter the match after taking a break in MLS regular season action last weekend. Their last match was a 1-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids on April 14.

CHICAGO FIRE vs. Seattle Sounders FC

· The Fire hold a 0-3-3 all-time MLS record against Seattle Sounders FC, including a 0-1-2 record in matches played at Toyota Park.
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