A Tale of Revenge: #USAvsJPN

Tonight the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) faced off against Japan. This matchup has grown to be one of the greatest rivalries in women’s soccer and has only grown to a more legendary status over the years.  This is especially true after the last two World Cup Finals. In 2011, Japan came out the victor 3-1 in penalties. In 2015, the USWNT defeated Japan 5-2 and were crowned World Cup champions.

Tonight’s game was all about revenge for Japan. There’s no spoiler alert here. See how the game played out below.


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Chicago Fire vs. Indy Eleven: A Midwest Rivalry is Born

The Chicago Fire have won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (USOC) four times (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006) since joining Major League Soccer in 1998, and they’ve been the runner-up twice (2004, 2011). They’ve even been known as Kings of the Cup.

On Wednesday, Indy Eleven defeated Louisville City FC 2-1 to move onto the fourth round of the USOC play. This is their third appearance in the USOC tournament and their second time playing in the fourth round. This time around, Indy will meet the Chicago Fire on June 15 at Toyota Park.

Indy and Chicago have only met once before in a friendly match on April 1, 2014, where the Fire won 3-1.  This made the Chicago Fire as inaugural champions of the Schlabst Cup – the Schlabst Cup was born due to Peter Wilt’s (more on Wilt below) invention of Schlabst, best known as Milwaukee’s black and tan – a combination of Schlitz beer and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Section 8 Chicago cheering the Chicago Fire on in the Fire’s first meeting with Indy Eleven in Indiana in 2014. Photo credit: Section 8 Chicago

It may not sound like these two teams have a lot in common, but they do. Indy Eleven and Chicago Fire have several connections that make this matchup an exciting one. I asked a few key participants some questions about the upcoming matchup. Let’s take a look at what they had to say…

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So long, Gilberto 👋

Rumors are in. Is Gilberto leaving the Chicago Fire?

Gilberto, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto FC on July 27, 2015, has not scored any goals for the Fire in the first 12 matches of the 2016 season. As one of three designated players on the Fire’s roster, the lack of goal-scoring is a serious problem. Several sources report that Gilberto asked to take a personal leave before the Chicago Fire’s last home game against the Portland Timbers.


Gilberto after a foul in Chicago Fire’s 3-1 win over New Englad Revolution on October 3, 2015. Photo Credit: Suzanne M. Ryan


Here’s what the media is saying:

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Get to know Jeff Krause – Fire fan and writer

Thanks to Twitter I’ve been fortunate to connect with countless fans of the Chicago Fire that I may have never met otherwise. Jeff Krause is one of those fans. A few years ago Krause and I connected on Twitter over the Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars. Since then we’ve gotten to know one another at Section 8 Chicago tailgates and Fire watch parties.

Not only is Krause a Fire fan, he is also a freelance writer, who is best known for his contribution to Chicagoland Soccer News and Fire Confidential Live covering the Chicago Fire.

I appreciate Krause taking the time to talk about his experience as a soccer blogger. I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as I did.

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Photo credit: Jeff Krause

Your Twitter bio says that you are a freelance writer – When did you start freelancing and what inspired you to do so?

JK: As far as specifically freelance writing, I really only started doing so in the last year. Up to that point, all my previous writing was through another site, however doing so has afforded me the opportunity to contract out some work as a writer, which is when I added “freelance” to my writing resume.

You have been contributing at Chicagoland Soccer News – Who else have you freelanced for, and are there any other blogs/sites that you contribute to?

JK: I occasionally contribute to Chicago Fire Confidential, which is part of the Chicago Tribune and is run by Guillermo Rivera. (Read CF97 Sirens’ interview with Fire Confidential’s Rivera from May 17.) I’ve recently done work for US Soccer and Copa America, and I have written for Total MLS, Soccer by Ives, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and MLSSoccer.com in the past.

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A few of Krause’s contributions:

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Red Stars’ Rory Dames makes expectations clear


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Bridgeview, IL – Sunday May 29, 2016: Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta (11) celebrates scoring during a regular season National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) match at Toyota Park. (Photo credit: Chicago Red Stars)

The Chicago Red Stars played Sky Blue FC to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. They were without three starters from the USWNT: Julie Johnston, Alyssa Naeher, and Christen Press, which I discussed in my match preview. It was imperative for the Red Stars to create scoring opportunities and lock down the defense without these starters reporting to national team duty.

Sophia Huerta scored a goal in the 34th minute after a beautiful ball was slotted to her through the middle of the field from Danielle Colaprico. These two and the rest of the Red Stars created plenty of other starting opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net with the chances they created. With a goal from Sky Blue FC in the 69th minute of the game, the Red Stars were not able to earn their fifth win of seven games this season; however, they still remain unbeaten in six games.

In post match interviews, the Red Stars’ head coach Rory Dames wasn’t shy in expressing how he felt about the team’s performance, and now his comments are a hot topic of debate amongst NWSL fans.

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#CHIvNJ Recap: Huerta Scores; A Kai Comeback

Today Chicago Reds Stars played Sky Blue FC to a 1-1 draw at Toyota Park. The game started off slow until the 34th minute when Sofia Huerta netted a goal off a beautiful assist from Jen Hoy.

Huerta has scored seven goals in her NWSL career and all seven of these goals have come when Christen Press hasn’t been playing. If the Chicago Red Stars can take advantage of the goal scoring abilities of these two players and develop their on-field chemistry, the Red Stars offense attack will be a dangerous one.

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LIVE from Toyota Park: A look at Red Stars vs. Sky Blue

Today the Chicago Red Stars face off against Sky Blue FC at Toyota Park. The Red Stars are on the hunt for their fifth win in their seventh game of the season, while Sky Blue are looking to bounce back after having five goals scored against them in their previous match.

Game Previews:

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