Thursday, August 24, 2006

Fire Marches On

The Fire beat New England last night for the second time in four days to move on to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup. Two goals from Andy Herron did the trick. For all the abuse GM John Guppy and coach Dave Sarachan have taken in recent times, the Fire has now won four straight in all competitions. Let the good times roll, eh?

Maybe this hot streak is just what the new stadium needs to improve its disappointing crowds. Or not. We shall see. It can't hurt, right?

Herron, who also scored in Sunday's win in Foxboro, has been a beast of late, not only scoring both goals last night but seemingly involved in almost every big moment. One such moment was a confrontation with the Revs Jay Heaps, which resulted in both being given yellow cards. Heaps was also involved in shenanigans with the Fire's Chad Barrett on Sunday, meaning Heaps should be atop the list of guys the Fire and its fans just don't like.

Obviously, the Fire-Revs rivalry is becoming heated. It started in last year's playoffs with the infamous melee following the Revs ousting of the Fire. I don't think this is a bad thing. Rivalries are good, the more heated the better. Fans like it. It perks their interest. There is a very good chance the Fire and Revs could meet in the first round of the playoffs. That would be fun.

Calen Carr is finally playing like the the first round pick he is, which is a positive development.

The Fire added Frenchman Pascal Bedrossian to the roster yesterday. I don't know much about the 31-year-old, but, hopefully, he helps. One thing worries me, though. The Fire's website says Bedrossian hasn't played since the 2004-05 season. Really? What has he been doing since? (Insert French joke here.)


Blogger Bill-DC said...

Next up for the Fire in the USOC: D.C. United. I'm actually afraid of this match up given DC's history vs the Fire in playoff competition. Absolutely awful 0-3-2 and I don't believe they've scored.

Expect United to be fired up as they still remember 0-4 at RFK.

Wish I could get up for this. Note to work, isn't there some accounting seminar in Chicago you can send me to in September?????

4:10 PM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Well, the past is the past. DC has clearly been the better team this year.

We'll see, right?

10:44 AM  
Blogger Bill-DC said...

Yep. I should pay no attention to the 2003 playoff loss to the Fire because DC, coached by Ray Hudson, was terrible and had no business being in the playoffs that year.

The Adu saga before last year's playoffs lost this team and the Fire just hammered them. No excuses from me, DC just got whipped up by a better team.

Looking forward to this. I hope it is on TV.

7:18 PM  

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