Game Recap Wednesday, August 9, 2000
Chicago Rides Josh Wolff's (4) Scoring Touch into U.S. Open Cup Semifinal
Cardinal Stadium - Naperville, IL Attendance: 7,096
Chicago took care of business early as Josh Wolff scored twice within the
first 10 minutes to stoke the Fire to the early 2-0 lead, as Chicago cruised
to a 5-1 romp in front of a standing room only crowd of 7,096 in a U.S. Open
Cup quarterfinal Wednesday night in Naperville, IL. Wolff added two other
goals and became the first Fire player ever to record 4 goals in a game
(earlier this year Ante Razov recorded the Fire's 1st hat-trick). Dallas
pulled one back after it was 4-0, but Chicago added a late one and easily
handled the Dallas Burn.
- 2-Chicago takes the early lead, 1-0. Razov breaks through the offside trap and collects the ball, Matt Jordan comes out to meet him leaving the Dallas goal unguarded, Razov spots this and back heels a delightful pass to the open Josh Wolff that sends the ball into the empty net from the edge of the penalty box.
- 5-Razov's 16 yard effort is scooped up by Jordan.
- 9-Chicago adds another, 2-0. Wolff breaks down the left flank cutting towards the goal line from there he sends a ball across the face of the Dallas goal, where Dema Kovalenko finds himself with plenty of time and space to slot home, leaving Jordan stranded.
- 22-Bobby Rhine finds himself with the ball yards out, and tries to chip Zach Thornton, but his shot misses the bar by inches.
- 24-Wolff receives the ball 40 yards out and immediately heads towards goal dodges a couple of tackles and sends a shot just over the bar.
- 33-Jason Kreis blazes a 35 yard freekick over Thornton's goal.
- 34-After a pretty give and go, Bobby Rhine lays the ball off to Graziani, but the Dallas forward sends a weak effort straight into Thornton's arms.
- 41-Razov is brought down from 20 yards out on the top of the D. Razov steps up for the kick sending the ball over the bar.
- 43-Razov dribbles into the right side of the Dallas box, cuts inside and blasts a shot at goal, but Jordan parries the ball wide.
- 44-Kreis shoots from just inside the penalty box.
The Fire opened in a flurry scoring on their first opportunity with
wonderful setup by Razov for Wolff to slot home and adding to their
advantage eight minutes later, this time Wolff setting up Kovalenko. As the
half progressed, play began to settle down and Dallas began to crawl back
into the game creating more scoring chances with Graziani missing a clear
cut scoring opportunity.
- 47-Kovalenko battles for the ball deep in the Dallas box forcing the ball to squirm loose to Wolff inside the six, who powers the ball into open net. 3-0 Fire.
- 52-Kreis gets the ball from Graziani inside the box and redirects the ball to goal, but Thornton's gets down to it quickly and pushes it away from the goal.
- 59-The ball is cleared from the box by Dade, but goes to Mike Sorber 22 yards out, Sorber looks to pass but no one is open, se he shoots low and hard at goal, but Jordan collects.
- 60-Razov shoots from 20 yards out, but his effort is right at Jordan.
- 67-Jesse Marsch whips in a quick cross which is met by Razov, who heads inches wide.
- 71-Wolff lays the ball to Stoitchkov at the 35 yards out, the Bulgarians, shoots but his effort goes well wide.
- 71-Stoitchkov crosses into the box, Wolff heads it down towards goal, but Noetzel is equal to the task.
- 72-Stoitchkov gets the ball wide and sends it low across the box to Wolff, who manages to redirect it into the lower left corner of the goal for his third goal of the night and only the second hat-trick in Fire history. 4-0 Chicago.
- 75-Beasley breaks down the left, but Dade takes him out. The referee steps in and flashes the Dallas defender the red card. Dade looks in Disbelief.
- 76-On the ensuing free kick, Stoitchkov shoots to the upper right corner of the net, but Noetzel plucks the ball from the air.
- 82-Dallas pulls one back, 4-1. Bobby Rhine rifles a shot off of the bar, the rebound falls to Deering who's shot beats Chris Snitko inside the left upright.
- 87-Chicago finishes Dallas off, 5-1. Beasley sends Stoitchkov down the left wing, who then spots Wolff open on the far side. Wolff one-touches and slots the ball past the stranded Noetzel for his fourth goal in the game, a new Chicago Fire record.
Chicago exploded in the second half with three Josh Wolff goals and ensured
themselves of a semifinal birth against the winner of the Los Angeles vs.
San Jose cup-tie. Wolff's four goals on the night breaks the team record of
3 set by Ante Razov on 5-6 @ Miami. Hristo Stoitchkov continued his recovery
from a groin tear, coming on in the second half for Razov and assisting on
Wolff's final two goals.
Chicago Fire (3-5-2) Line-up
GK-#18-Zach Thornton (GK-#1-Chris Snitko 80)
D-#2-C.J. Brown (D-#6-Tom Soehn 73)
M-#26-Mike Sorber (M-#4-Sam George 77)
F-#9-Ante Razov (F-#8-Hristo Stoitchkov 69)
Dallas (3-5-2) Line-up
GK-#22-Matt Jordan (GK-#21-Johann Noetzel 67)
M-#11-Antonio Martinez (M-#15-Chad Deering 28)
M-#7-Mark Santel, M-#8-Oscar Pareja
F-#9-Jason Kreis (F-#5-Esmundo Rodriquez 63)
F-#20-Ariel Graziani (F-#16-Alexei Korol 57)
Chicago Fire Scoring:
Wolff Razov 2
Kovalenko Wolff 9
Wolff Unassisted 47
Wolff Stoitchkov 72
Dallas Burn Scoring:
DAL Deering Rhine 82
|Shots on Goal
|Time of Possession
Dallas - Lazo Alavanja NA 15
Chicago - Ante Razov NA 16
Dallas - Brandon Pollard NA 25
Dallas - Ariel Graziani NA 53
Dallas - Eric Dade RED 75
Referees: Terry Vaughn & Roger Still
Ref Asst.: Ricardo Salazar & Steven Davidson
4th Official: Victor Matheson
Quotes from the Game:
Chicago Head Coach Bob Bradley:
"A very good performance by our team tonight. Our players came out with a
good attitude, we pushed hard and that pushed the tempo of the game. It was
obviously nice to get some early goals, and it was obviously nice for Josh.
He has had a tough stretch where he has played well but has not been able to
finish. The fans were tremendous tonight, a great crowd here in the
suburbs, they showed tremendous passion."
Dallas Head Coach Dave Dir
"A lot of bad things happened tonight with our team. I don't have an answer
to a particular thing. We didn't adjust well to the pace of the game. It
seemed like every pass we were making was 20 yards short because of the
thickness of the field. We were simply embarrassed. And then [Chicago]
went out of its way to embarrass us some more at the end. It was one of
those games were it was just not our night."
Chicago Forward Josh Wolff on Tonight's Match:
"We had to take him out, he could not continue today. He re-injured his MCL
and we'll need to see how he progresses in the coming days."
Chicago Forward Josh Wolff on his Four-Goal Performance-first of its kind in Fire History:
"I think it was a good game collectively. My goals are secondary to the
win. It's good to get some goals, but those were some tremendous balls from
our guys. As a forward you just make the runs, and when you make the runs
you want the ball to be there. Tonight I got the ball in a silver
Next Chicago Fire Game:
The next game for the Chicago Fire will be a league
match, Wednesday, August 16 @ 7:30 p.m. (CT) from the Cotton Bowl against
the Dallas Burn. The game will be televised on WCIU-TV channel 26 and will
also be available on radio on WIND AM 560 (Spanish) and WNVR AM 1030