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Charlie Davies is laughing into his dive.
Charlie Davies is laughing into his dive.

Chicago Smolderings for Saturday, June 25, 2011

1. Chicago Fire U-18 tie California Development Academy in USDA Playoffs; Season on the line today at 4:00 PM CST

2. Chicago Fire U-16 kick-off play against PA Classics at 11:00 AM CST today

3. Chicago PDL defeats Indiana Invaders 1-0

4. MLS dishes out some fines with odd amounts for Charlie Davies, Los Angeles Galaxy, and New York Red Bulls

Results, links, Davies dive video and thoughts on these stories after the break.

Chicago Fire U-18 1 - 1 California Development Academy U-18

The Chicago Fire U-18 got a 1-1 draw out of their match yesterday against California Development Academy. Luis Medina scored the Fire goal in the 36th minute but CDA went even in the 80th. In other group play, Players Development Academy defeated PA Classics 2-0. The season will be on the line today when PDA takes on the Fire at 4:00 PM CST. Only the team that wins the group advances so the Fire must win in order to control their destiny.

U-18 Team W L D PTS GF GA
Players Development Academy 1 0 0 3 2 0
Chicago Fire 0 0 1 1 1 1
California Development Academy 0 0 1 1 1 1
PA Classics 0 1 0 0 0 2

Chicago Fire U-16 Schedule

Before the U-18 plays, the U-16 Fire team will begin their defense of the 2009-2010 USDA Championship. PA Classics U-16 found their way into U-16 Fire's group and the two teams face-off today at 11:00 AM.

U-16 Team
Chicago Fire

North Meck SC

PA Classics

South Carolina United FC

Chicago Fire PDL defeats Indiana Invaders 1-0

The Chicago Fire PDL defeated the Indiana Invaders 1-0 last night. Josey Portillo converted a penalty kick in the 29th minute after Paulo Vaz forced a strong penalty in the box. The team improved to 6-2-1 good for 19 points and 2nd place in the Great Lakes Division. Their next game is the U.S. Open Cup 3rd Round match against Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday, June 28th. Chicago Fire PDL had been scheduled to play Forest City London in a regular season match but that is TBD for now. Either way it will be at Toyota Park along with the two other last games of the season due to construction on Evanston Township High School's stadium.

Charlie Davies fined $1,000 because he intentionally deceived the officials

If you have not seen Charlie Davies' dive that earned a penalty kick in the 83rd minute of last week's Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United game, take a look. It's a joke.

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The subsequently converted penalty kick tied the game at 1-1 and that was ultimately the final score. In other MLS 'fine' news, the league fined the Los Angeles Galaxy $5,000 because MLS "determined that the Galaxy deliberately omitted David Beckham's name from their injury report despite knowing that he would miss the game because of back spasms". New York Red Bulls were fined $10,000 because General Manager/Sporting Director Erik Soler publicly criticized league officials this week. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said, "The statement released by Red Bull New York this week undermines our substantial efforts to continue improving all aspects of our competition".

All three fines were announced in three separate press releases sent out less than 15 minutes apart. To paraphrase someone else, 'If you cheat you get fined $1,000. If you lie, you get fined $5,000. If you tell the truth, you get fined $10,000.' If the fine for diving in the box is $1,000 and you don't even get a retroactive red card suspension (or more!), look for dives to continue. What team wouldn't trade $1,000 for a draw vs. a loss or a win vs. a draw? U.S. Olympic diving coaches will start showing up on MLS payrolls and the bills with Grover Cleveland on them will become infamous for being on thr ready in MLS offices. Meanwhile, bravo MLS. If it's $10,000 for criticizing MLS and apparently quickly rising from when Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer was fined $2,500 just a week ago, I doubt any employees will be speaking out soon.