Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fire go 0-for-2 in Sister Cities

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- This was not the way the Chicago Fire wanted to draw up their first-ever Sister Cities International Cup. And now they have gone approximately a month without earning a victory.

Legia Warsaw netted three second-half goals and blanked the Fire, 3-0, on Saturday in the consolation match of the Sister Cities at Toyota Park.

In the tournament's finale, Red Star Belgrade prevailed,7-6, in penalty kicks for the Sister Cities crown. RSB and PSG played to a 1-1 draw in regulation, with PSG tallying a shorthanded, game-tying goal in the 90th minute to send the match to PKs.

In retrospect, the Fire's third-place match did not carry a whole lot of meaning, and Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos decided to start the game without the likes of forwards Brian McBride and Corben Bone, midfielder Marco Pappa and defender Wilman Conde. Midfielder Patrick Nyarko was not even on the available roster.

By the time most of the above players made it into the match, Legia caused enough damage.

"Obviously this worries me," De los Cobos said. "We need to improve."


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