- Beautiful Thursday night for some soccer!
- Same lineup again, love it, and Bastian is invincible.
- My MOTM last week Brandon Vincent was in the MLS Team of the Week, no big deal.
- Dallas = Defense. Hedges has been great at the back and Gruezo has been solid in holding mid as well.
FIRST THOUGHT: Be patient, find your opportunity. Continue the good defensive effort, let Nikolic and Accam get on the end of some chances, but don’t let Dallas lull you to sleep and counter.
3- FIRE GOAL!!!!!!! NIKO’S HUNGRY! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
4- So much for patience! Now, keep your shape defensively and get that W!
5- Man, I’m still thinking about that switch by Schweinsteiger. What a pass; and Vincent gets service into Nikolic. Beautiful.
6- Dallas has allowed 7 goals in 10 games. Took the Fire 3 minutes to score.
6- Ouch. DALLAS GOAL. Two missed clearances by the center backs, and Lamah pokes it home. 1-1.
9- DAVID ACCCCCCCCAM SCORES! WHAT IS GOING ON IN BRIDGEVIEW?!
12- Oh, hello there. I finally have a second to stop typing goals.
13- Soli just nearly chipped the keeper. Good run up to the opp. This team is getting really, really dangerous moving forward.
18- YELLOW CARD - FIRE - SOLIGNAC. Just a bit late on a challenge and his studs were up.
19- The impact Bastian Schweinsteiger has had on this team cannot be overlooked. Everyone is picking out the correct pass, and the build up play is phenomenal.
21- The overlapping runs down the left wing are brilliant. Vincent and Accam really thriving together.
21- YELLOW CARD - DALLAS - GRUEZO. Arm to the head of Accam.
23- De Leeuw draws another good foul. He’s been putting in a really good shift tonight.
23- YELLOW CARD - DALLAS - GUILLEN. Delay.
26- Seriously, kids, get on the Fire website and get that iPad courtesy of IT Savvy.
33- Dallas trying to break down the Fire defense, and De Leeuw just made a really nice play to deny a chance on goal.
38- Lots of back and forth here, mainly in favor of the Fire. Good teams control games at home, and that’s what they’re doing here.
41- This is the part of every match where I get a lil’ nervous. Fire aren’t great from set pieces, and what’s more, conceding in the final 5 of a half is brutal.
45- This is, like, really weird, but I’m looking at the top of the East and I’m thinking if we could beat Toronto or NYCFC in a playoff matchup. That is a really fun thought.
45- YELLOW CARD - DALLAS - HUME.
45+1- Vincent! Nearly on the scoreboard there with a nice header. I love that kid.
HALFTIME THOUGHT: Well, that certainly wasn’t the start I was expecting. But I’ll take it! Meira a bit shaky at times, but other than that I’m pleasantly surprised again. Counter attack, make it 3 or 4-1.
51- Fouls making play a bit choppy here in the second half, not a ton of opportunities so far.
53- Pass DMC goes for a shot on target! Like to see that, didn’t miss by a whole lot...
54- Sometimes, I think De Leeuw forgets that he isn’t Gareth Bale. I never forget, though.
55- The space is starting to creep open, ever so slightly here.
59- JUNINHO in for Solignac.
64- Dallas with some pretty empty attacking chances. Back 4 are really holding their own and as long as they don’t get complacent, we should hang on here.
68- Similar to last week, boring is fine with me when we’re protecting a lead. This is clean, comfortable defending. Reminds me of the Euro final last night...
70- ACCAM With a clear chance on goal and he’s taken down! We’ll see here...... (And he really received a dirty challenge with the studs clearly up...)
70- YELLOW CARD - DALLAS - HEDGES.
75- CAMPBELL coming on for De Leeuw, who after a few weeks of abuse from me, really put in a good shift.
79- Once again, the Fire aren’t doing anything special on defense here, but FC Dallas seem incapable of getting an attempt on goal. Their attack is pathetic.
82- YELLOW CARD - FIRE - KAPPELHOF. Free kick coming in an iffy area...
84- Only six minutes left, and Accam is still blazing down the left. He would be a good feature in the next Energizer commercial.
85- Speaking of Accam, he’s given a hand here, as ALVAREZ comes on.
85- Fire going to a 5-4-1 here to try and close this one out.
88- “Vincent for LB @ Russia 2018”
89- Ohhhhhhh baby, Nikolic just set up Juninho and a good save by Seitz.
90- Come on guys, hang on here!
90+2- Vincent wins a corner. Did I mention I like this kid?
90+3- PENALTY to the FIRE!!! Nikolic knocked forward as he was attempting a shot...
90+3- NIKO DENIED BY SEITZ! Darrrrrrrrrrnnnnn...
FINAL THOUGHT: This is getting crazy. 5 in a row unbeaten, 4 consecutive wins. The attack is really coming together; crisp, one-touch passes, effortlessly moving up the pitch. Some screws to tighten on the back line, but overall, this is a really good soccer team.