Live Blog: New England Revolution v Chicago Fire

08 November 2007

Update: Dad goes in for surgery tomorrow. I will be live blogging the game after he threw me out of his hospital room. Updates live from 7:55 pm.

Once MLS updates the website with the full 18 man teamsheet, I will post them. ESPN did have them, but in between trying to grab bites of dinner wasn't able to type them.

Good Grief, Dave O'Brien in the booth, we're all going to be asleep by halftime.

New England 1 - Matt Reis (GK) 4 - Avery John 6 - Jay Heaps 11 - Pat Noonan 13 - Jeff Larentowicz 14 - Steve Ralston 15 - Michael Parkhurst 18 - Khano Smith 20 - Taylor Twellman 21 - Shalrie Joseph 27 - Wells Thompson. Substitutes 12 - Doug Warren (GK) 7 - Adam Cristman 16 - James Riley 22 - Marshall Leonard 25 - Andy Dorman 29 - Abdoulie Mansally 31 - Sainey Nyassi
Chicago 18 - Matt Pickens (GK) 2 - C.J. Brown 7 - Logan Pause 9 - Chad Barrett 10 - Cuauhtemoc Blanco 12 - Paulo Wanchope 14 - Chris Armas 17 - Chris Rolfe 22 - Wilman Conde 25 - Gonzalo Segares 32 - Dasan Robinson. Substitutes 1 - Jon Busch (GK) 3 - Calen Carr 4 - Bakary Soumare 8 - Diego Gutierrez 21 - Justin Mapp 31 - Floyd Franks 35 - Bruno Menezes

First Half
Minute 1: Chicago kicks off.
Minute 2: Larentowicz with a cross/shot that was heading in Twellman's direction, but goes over the crossbar.
Minute 3: New England break through Thompson, however the ball ends up out to touch for a throw. Again, fair play to the Craft Family for removing the NFL lines.
Minute 4: Heaps clears the Conde pass intended to Rolfe. On the other ends Thompson from the edge of the penalty area goes out for a goal kick.
Minute 6: Corner to Chicago. Blanco and Segares there and Segares takes the corner short and Parkhurst on the post denies Brown for corner number 2. That one is blocked out.
Minute 8-10: Me and my sister at this rate are going to go 12 rounds before it's all said and done.
Minute 13: Wanchope takes the one two header from Barrett. Right angle to shoot on, but was slow and wide of the far post.
Minute 14: Ralston gets called for the foul on Chris Rolfe. I don't understand why Ralston felt the need to throw the arm out.
Minute 17: So far a quarter of an hour in, Chicago certainly has New England on the back foot. When I say that...Twellman takes the cross from Smith and Pickens has to punch out for a corner...that he easily catches.
Minute 19: Blanco is crying for a free kick but he should be glad that was a throw in.
Minute 20: Taylor Twellman with an extra point the Patriots would be proud of. Oops I had the wrong sport. Goal kick Chicago.
Minute 22: Blanco earns the corner when it should have been a penalty. Wells Thompson with a shoulder charge to Blanco and had his reputation not been what it was, that would have been a penalty. Noonan deflects the corner out for the second in succession. The second corner is countered by New England until the pass to Ralston goes out to touch for a throw in.
Minute 24: Conde catches Thompson for a New England free kick. Three touches by New England and Chicago clears with ease.
Minute 25: Chris Rolfe, meet ball to the face from point blank range with pace. That hurt. The ball came off the kick of Larentowicz.
Minute 28: Off the restart, Thompson is beaten off the ball by Segares and a goal kick results.
Minute 28: Blanco goes down and Heaps catches him good, very very good. Almost yellow card good...
Minute 29: Blanco's free kick is kept on by Avery John, and Wanchope...HEADS IT OUT WHEN REIS IS CRYING FOR OFFSIDE. THAT WAS HEADING IN NEAR POST.
Minute 31: Both sides trade offsides within half a minute of each other.
Minute 31: Michael Parkhurst will be thankful his two whiffs aren't punished.
Minute 32: Wanchope denied, Blanco denied, but Blanco gets a hand ball called for him. Free Kick Chicago. 29 from goal and Reis is there to collect.
Minute 34: Ralston does too much and Chicago break. Parkhurst breaks it up and Reis will be the one to clear in the end.
Minute 35: Ralston tries to find Twellman, but the ball is cleared. Game is starting to open up a bit and turn in New England's favor. Pickens quicker to a Noonan first touch.
Minute 36: Delayed Yellow Card to Jeff Larentowicz for a late challenge on Blanco.
Minute 37: Corner to New England. After a spell of possession, GOAL NEW ENGLAND, GOAL TAYLOR TWELLMAN. BICYCYLE BICYCLE I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE I WANT TO RIDE MY BIKE! OFF THE THROW IN, WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT WHAT TAYLOR TWELLMAN JUST DID. THE BALL COMES IN OFF TWELLMAN'S HEAD, AND BETWEEN LOGAN PAUSE AND DESAN ROBINSON, GOES BICYCLE TO THE FAR POST AND PICKENS WAS SHOCKED 1 HE GOT THAT OFF AND 2 IT GOT IN. YOU COULD DEBATE AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY, BUT DO YOU THINK NEW ENGLAND CARES? NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1 CHICAGO FIRE 0.
Minute 41: Wanchope and Rolfe try to play a 1-2, but easily cleared by New England.
Minute 42: Khano Smith goes wide. Now Twellman is going Blanco in crying about the lack of fouls being called. Hey ref, do you job and book dissent if need be.
Minute 44: Noonan lays off to Ralston nicely, but Ralston rushed that one and that looked like my golf slice than shot on goal. And no, I don't play golf.
Minute 45: What has happened to this game? It has completely turned. 3 Minutes of stoppage time.
Minute 45+1: Barrett at least puts something that resembled a header on goal, but way too easy for Reis to collect.
Minute 45+2: Avery John should have seen yellow for his challenge on Chris Rolfe. Sure he got all ball on the challenge, but bloody hell that was too much.
Minute 45+3: Twellman nearly makes it 2-0, but marked well and out for a goal kick.
HALFTIME: NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1 CHICAGO FIRE 0.
First Half Thoughts: Well boy did this game change on a dime. Chicago controlled the first two-thirds of the first half, but New England took control of the midfield, and then their attack. Parkhurst is making the difference at the back. Does Chicago have a shocking attacking option on the bench? Diego Gutierrez on, Desan Robinson off. It's time to gamble.
Second Half
Minute 46: Thunderstuck plays in the background, New England kicks off.
Minute 47: For the day I have had, it is nice to be able to come home, enjoy some Chinese takeout and watch a game of footy. Larentowicz shoots right at Pickens and he makes the easy save.
Minute 49: Twellman going away from goal, gets that shot closer than it had any right to be. That was still a yard over the crossbar.
Minute 49: Blanco is just slaughtered by Larentowicz, that had to be a yellow card.
Minute 51: Mistake at the back as New England concedes a very sloppy corner. Blanco takes and is just a bit long of the far post.
Minute 52: Taylor Twellman and CJ Brown get in yet another contest and New England get the free kick. Chicago only clears for the moment but Joseph kills the New England attack with a heavy ball that finds Pickens instead of Ralston.
Minute 54: Noonan tries to get in one on one with Pickens, but Brown has other ideas and Chicago clear. Blanco with an effort on goal, but right to Reis.
Minute 55: Noonan should have shot on sight instead of playing the ball through the central defense.
Minute 56: Noonan on the half volley and the only time that's a goal is in Australian Rules Football.
Minute 57: Thompson taken down by Gutierrez and New England get a free kick in a quasi dangerous position. The free kick is taken to Larentowicz who has his shot blocked out eventually for a corner...that Chicago clear.
Minute 58: Matt Reis has a cross tipped off his gloves, but no one is there and he can collect without problem.
Minute 59: Barrett with a decent half chance at the near post, but wide. Has to do better.
Minute 61: Chicago with two decent balls inside the penalty area, but can't get a shot off on goal.
Minute 62: Barrett to Wynchope, but John gets in the way. On the other end, Noonan goes in all alone instead of finding Twellman.
Minute 62: Joseph better watch it, your a stupid mistake away from missing the final.
Minute 63: Conde with a nice half chance, but Reis had it covered as it goes wide of the far post.
Minute 65: Conde crosses to Wynchope far post, but Reis gets an arm in the head. I think he cries more about his cap getting moved more than anything else.
Minute 66: Wynchope and Barrett are at the far post, but the Blanco cross gets lost in translation as Reis collects the weak Wynchope header.
Minute 67: Joseph looks to be kicking a 65 yard field goal than shooting on goal. He had all day to shoot and went one timer.
Minute 68: Twellman with a cheeky chip and Pickens saves. On the other ends, Wynchope doesn't miss the header by much, however that was off Parkhurst and should have been a corner.
Minute 70: Hey Chicago, you have heard of a substitution right? I know you've made one, but you need a chance in shape if you want a chance at extra time right now.
Minute 71: Smith does well to get wide, but Larentowicz does poorly to shoot through traffic low.
Minute 73: Is it time to get Pat Noonan off the park?
Minute 74: Heaps does well to deny one shot and then coming back, Segares forces Reis into plenty of work.
Minute 75: Two good crosses from New England, no one in position to take them. Then Rolfe gets an arm right across the face.
Minute 75: Sub upcoming. Justin Mapp coming on, Barrett going to come on.
Minute 76: Noonan has just not been able to link up with Twellman at all. Wynchope on the other end can't find Rolfe, and Reis collects. Time is ticking down now and Chicago look inept up front.
Minute 77: Justin Mapp on, Chad Barrett off. It's now or never and that sub took plenty of guts.
Minute 78: Armas takes out Larentowicz, free kick New England, nothing comes of it. When does New England start to protect this lead knowing how chippy this game has now gotten?
Minute 80: Taylor Twellman can cry all he wants, but despite being taken out by Pause, that was not a penalty considering the way this referee has called the game tonight.
Minute 82: James Riley on, Wells Thompson off. traditional 4-4-2 for New England...or their prevent defense.
Minute 83: Selfishness personified. Pat Noonan does way too much, but his shot does shock Pickens and he had to make a decent reaction save.
Minute 85: Rolfe with a great chance but Reis with an even better save to concede the corner. Headed away by Noonan.
Minute 85: Adam Cristman on, Pat Noonan off. Clogging up the center of the park.
Minute 87: Cristman goes corner shopping and successfully as well.
Minute 88: Pause finds Rolfe, who's half volley doesn't do the trick.
Minute 88: Calen Carr on, Logan Pause off. Too little 1 late for Chicago now.
Minute 89: Segares to Reis. The atmosphere is starting to slowly rise. 1 minute of regulation left.
Minute 90: Calen Carr just shows why he should have been brought on sooner. Great positioning, but poor header right at Reis. 3 minutes left.
Minute 90+1: Joseph just denied one last chance gasp and then Joseph denied Blanco for last gasp chance number 2.
Minute 90+2: Corner for Chicago cleared and here comes Cristman...right into the corner. Twellman finishes off the corner hunting.
Minute 90+3: This is it for Chicago. And the shot goes right to Reis...AND THAT IS IT!
FULLTIME: NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1 CHICAGO FIRE 0. THE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION ARE GOING TO THE FINALS!

1 comments:

eplnfl November 8, 2007 at 8:36 PM  

That maybe it for the Fire, a ton of chances, but a freak shot puts NE ahead. Doubtful if the Fire can win once they are behind on the road.

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