Charlie Corr Blog

Fire defense needs to limit set pieces

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The
Chicago Fire defense allowed four goals for the second time in MLS play this
season when they departed Houston with a 4-3 loss to the Dynamo on Saturday. 
The number of goals was not the most troubling
thing, but rather the way in which Houston scored its tallies -- on set pieces.
That was something the Fire were prepared for with Houston, but the Dynamo
still cashed in. 

"The thing that we talked about is the only
time that they were going to score is on set pieces, and they did it four
times," Fire left defensive back Gonzalo Segares said. "It's
frustrating because we talked about it." "That's their game -- set pieces," Fire
center defensive back C.J. Brown said. "We, as in I, have to do better at
it." 

Brown stressed the "I" probably because
the man he was marking, Dynamo forward Brian Ching, had a hat trick. And moving
forward, Brown was quick to point out that the best remedy for defending
against set pieces is simply eliminating them. 

"At the end of the day, I think it comes to
limiting the opportunities to have free kicks -- preventing the corner kicks,
preventing the free kicks," Brown said. "Doing better at that would
help us a lot more. And just as an individual being focused on your man." 

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