Who will be 600?
Looming on the eve of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club’s 13th
Anniversary, the question – Who will score the team’s 600th all-time
regular season goal?
That’s right folks, Patrick Nyarko’s stoppage time strike in
last Wednesday’s 3-0 win over San Jose set the team up to turn the goaldometer
over to 600 on Saturday in Dallas… Unfortunately the Fire didn’t hit the back
of the net at all in Frisco, giving the side the chance to mark a milestone
during Friday night’s 13th Anniversary Match against the Columbus
The milestone got me to wondering, who scored the other,
“hundred milestone” goals and where did they rank overall in that player’s goal
|1||Roman Kosecki||3/21/1998||2-0 W @ MIA|
|100||Dema Kovalenko||8/22/1999||4-3 SOL @ DAL|
|200||David Hayes||6/30/2001||3-1 W vs. MET|
|300||Damani Ralph||7/19/2003||3-1 W vs. NE|
|400||Lubos Reiter||8/10/2005||3-2 L vs KC|
|500||Chad Barrett||5/25/2008||5-1 W vs. NY|
|599||Patrick Nyarko||9/29/2010||3-0 W @ SJ|
Having spent two seasons with DC United prior to joining the
Fire in 2001, striker David Hayes
appeared in only three matches for the club that season. The Washington, DC
native scored only one career MLS goal – a third minute strike in the Fire’s
3-1 win over the MetroStars on June 30, 2001, which also stood as the Fire’s
200th regular season tally in their 109th game. The match
was also Hayes’ last-ever appearance in Major League Soccer.
A veteran of 108 regular season matches for the Fire, Dema Kovalenko’s second career goal in only his fifth Fire
appearance stood as the club’s 100th tally in a 4-3 shootout loss
away to the Dallas Burn on August 22, 1999… It was the club’s 55th
regular season match. As an aside, I tweeted it earlier this week – but MLS has
come a long way since the days of that horrible tie-breaker…
Though not at all sensational, Damani Ralph’s penalty kick strike in a 3-1 win against New England
on July 19, 2003 was the Fire’s 300th all-time regular season goal
in their 166th game. It also has a place close to my heart as it was
scored on my 18th birthday… Yes, on the day I officially became a
man the club’s last single-season, double-digit goal scorer, in his rookie year
no less, scored his seventh career Fire goal… This is also the day Landon
Donovan tallied four goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team in a 5-0 rout of
Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. No birthday cake required, that
was more than enough to make me happy…
It looked to be all celebrations for the Fire when Lubos Reiter’s 6th minute
strike pushed the club to 400 all-time regular season goals in 234 games, while
giving the side a 2-0 lead over Kansas City on August 10, 2005. The Fire would
go on to be bit twice by former striker Josh Wolff as the Wizards came back to
win 3-2. The goal was also Reiter’s third and final in his second to last
appearance for the club.
Chad Barrett’s 7th minute
strike was his first of two goals on the day and five for the club as the Fire
trounced the New York Red Bulls 5-1 at Giants Stadium on May 25, 2008.
Barrett’s early goal was also the club’s 500th in 314 regular season
Who do you think will net #600…?
Who do you think will net #600…? Will it
be Brian McBride or Collins John? What about C.J. Brown’s sixth career goal or
Bratislav Ristic’s first in a Fire uniform? Could Alec Dufty, the keeper
called-in from the MLS Emergency pool in the wake of Sean Johnson’s injury
absence, make a substitute appearance, only to venture far up the field and
head in a winner towards the end of the match? Will it be Marco Pappa adding to
his team-leading seven tallies or will a Columbus own goal spoil the fun?
Vote in our poll to the right!
Jeff Crandall is the Team Writer
for the Chicago Fire. Follow him on Twitter @JefeCrandall