A Klopas Memory

Looking back at a comeback

Yesterday as I passed big time Frank Klopas in the Chicago
Fire offices, I presented him a query I’ve long wanted to ask him…

“Frank, aside from the obvious, what is maybe your more
underrated Chicago Fire game, either as a player, assistant coach or manager?  Preferably, is there one during the
regular season the last few years that particularly sticks out…?”

Almost like clockwork he rattled off the date, the opponent
and goal scorers…

“April 25, 2009 at Crew Stadium, 2-2 McBride and Segares
tally late.”

Then walked away (he was in a rush)…

After going down 2-0 in the first half at Columbus Crew
Stadium, the Fire rallied late, getting two goals in as many minutes from Brian
McBride and Gonzalo Segares.

Check out the
box score and Segares’ 88
th minute equalizer below...Trips down
memory lane are fun, especially when you take points from the Crew!


April 25, 2009 1800

Fire 2 @ Columbus Crew 2

Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH

League Soccer


Scoring Summary

Columbus Crew -Chad Marshall (Guillermo Barros Schelotto)

Columbus Crew -Alejandro Moreno 34

Chicago Fire -Brian McBride (Patrick Nyarko) 86

Chicago Fire -Gonzalo Segares 88


Chicago Fire: Jon
Busch, Gonzalo Segares, Wilman Conde, Bakary Soumare (Chris Rolfe 69), Tim
Ward, Logan Pause, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, John Thorrington, Patrick Nyarko, Marco
Pappa (Mike Banner 75), Brian McBride

Columbus Crew
- Andy Gruenebaum, Gino Padula, Eric Brunner , Chad Marshall, Danny O'Rourke,
Adam Moffat (Jed Zayner 42), Brian Carroll, Guillermo Barros Schelotto
(Steven Lenhart 90), Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel Ekpo (Robbie Rogers 66), Alejandro

Misconduct Summary

CHI – Marco Pappa (caution) 32
CLB – Gino Padula (ejection) 57
CHI – Tim Ward (caution) 64
CHI – John Thorrington (caution) 72
CLB – Jed Zayner (caution) 80


Jair Marrufo; Referees Assistants : Adam Wienckowski, Claudio Badea; 4th
Official: Mikael Lundqvist

Attendance: 16,628