By the Numbers

Delving into Fire digits

I don’t consider myself a “numbers guy” by any means… Most of my expertise when it comes to numerics comes from my ability to add and subtract 90 from any denomination (a past job) and my love for Evil level Sudoku puzzles.

That said numbers are fun even in soccer and especially when they relate to the Fire… Let’s have more fun with numbers…

Jersey Switch

*With the arrival of Freddie Ljungberg to the Chicago Fire, third-year midfielder Peter Lowry has had to surrender his #8 jersey to the ex-Arsenal winger. Having previously worn #29 during his first two seasons, Lowry switched to #8 this year, but is now getting accustomed to his new number, 6.

*While we’re on number changes, newly reacquired defender Gonzalo Segares took the #31 after his previously worn #25 was taken by rookie goalkeeper Sean Johnson earlier this season.

Lack of All Competition’s Familiarity…

* Saturday’s opponent’s Houston Dynamo are one of four teams the Fire have never faced outside MLS regular season play, with the other three being more recent league additions Toronto FC (2007), Seattle Sounders FC (2009) and Philadelphia Union (2010). The Dynamo and Fire began competing after the club moved to Houston from San Jose following the 2005 season.

August’s been good…

* Historically speaking, August has been the club’s best month in terms of wins all-time, racking up 34 victories in the close-summer. August is the club’s best month in terms of winning percentage, going 34-22-8, winning 53.1% of the time.

Dasan a leading goal scorer…

*Defender Dasan Robinson is tied with midfielder Mike Banner with the most goals scored in a Fire uniform in August by the current roster with three. Robinson’s career goal total? Three.

Welcome back old-timer…

*At 130, Gonzalo Segares has the third most appearances for the Fire among players on the current roster over all competitions. Having played for the club from 2005-09, the Costa Rican international sits behind C.J. Brown (361) and Logan Pause (220).

Reminiscing about MLS Cups gone by…

* Though few of the players from either team remain, the Fire’s two opponents this week met in back-to-back MLS Cup Finals in 2006 and 2007, with the Houston Dynamo besting the New England Revolution both times.

 International Relations…
* There are 13 birth countries represented on the current 24-man roster – the most of any time in club history… They are: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Liberia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Sweden and the United States… Count goalkeeper coach Aron Hyde (England) and Soccer Fitness Specialist Alvaro Briones (Chile) and you have 15...

Games in Hand…
With 16 games played, the Fire have played the least amount of matches out of all 16 Major League Soccer clubs in 2010, with the other 15 clubs having played an average of 3.33 matches more than the Fire.  Would you rather have the games or the points? I want the games!