Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Not Pretty, But The Fire Will Take It

The Chicago Fire advanced to the Superliga Final with a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco assisted on Brian McBride's goal in the first half, and then blasted a free kick into the upper corner of the goal in the second half, giving the Fire the winning margin.

Jon Busch was tested throughout the second half, but kept the Revs from tying the contest.

With the win, the Fire will host the Superliga Final in the first week of August against the winner of tonight's second match, Tigres vs. Santos.

It was looking like another one of those games in the first half, as the Fire had numerous chances. Baggio Husidic had a couple of opportunities, but the Fire couldn't hit the net until the McBride goal opened the scoring.

The Fire were without Wilman Conde and Gonzolo Segares on the backline once again. Conde is recovering from a hamstring injury and Segares is still with Costa Rica in the Gold Cup.

It's back to MLS play for the Fire Saturday night at Toyota Park, as they welcome in the last place team in the Western Conference, the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Fire are hoping to draw like they did last week, when 18,000 plus went through the gates in Bridgeview.

It's a 7:30 start, and the game can also be seen on My50, with yours truly on the call with Chris Doran providing analysis and Amy Freeze on the sidelines.

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