By the numbers

One streak begins, one ends and the 800th Fire goal...

It always seems a strange weekend when the Fire don’t have a
match. Such was the case this past holiday weekend as the side, along with most
other MLS teams sat idle during the FIFA international break.

After the high every supporter of the club got following
last Tuesday’s 2-1 U.S. Open Cup semifinal win over Richmond, the respite gave
yours truly a little extra time to come up with some facts and figures for this
edition of By the Numbers, among them a goal milestone, a streak snapped and
one ironic coincidence…

800 – Dominic
Oduro’s curling 61st minute effort in last Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup
semifinal vs. Richmond not only put the Fire up 2-0 but was also the 800th
Fire goal across all competitions since 1998… See below the club’s other “Hundred”
competitive goal milestones.

Number

Player/Minute                  

Date/Result/Opponent                  

Competition

100

Josh Wolff (65’)                  

7/2/99 2-1 W (SO) vs. DAL

MLS

200

Josh Wolff (87’)                                    

8/9/00 5-1 W vs. DAL                  

USOC

300

DaMarcus Beasley (30’)                  

10/17/01 2-1 L vs. LA

MLS PO

400

Damani Ralph (63’)                  

9/23/03 3-2 W vs. LA

USOC

500

Gonzalo Segares (58’)

7/9/05 1-0 W vs. NE

MLS

600

Chad Barrett (45’)

8/22/07 3-2 L @ KC

MLS

700

Cuauhtemoc Blanco (63’)

7/15/09 2-1 W vs. NE                  

SuperLiga

800

Dominic Oduro (61’)

8/30/11 2-1 W vs. RIC                  

USOC

5 – In games
following a match in which a Fire player has hit one of the milestones above,
the team has five wins, going 5-1-1 all-time across all competitions. It’s
interesting to note that the 700th Fire goal scored by Cuauhtemoc
Blanco on July 15, 2009 was followed three days later by a 2-0 Fire win vs.
Saturday’s opponents San Jose on July 18…

3 – Oduro’s 16th
minute strike in the match was his third consecutive game winner, making him
just the second Fire player all-time to achieve such a feat in three straight
competitive matches.

The first? Andy Herron (pictured right) who did it in 2006. See below
Herron’s three straight game-winning strikes. 

Date                    

Score/Opponent

Competition

9/17/06

1-0 W vs. DC (61’)

MLS

9/23/06

2-1 W vs. LA (84’)

MLS

9/27/06

3-1 W vs. LA (16’)

USOC

6 – With last
Tuesday’s win, the Fire qualified for the club’s MLS record sixth Lamar Hunt
U.S. Open Cup final. They’ll look to equal Maccabi Los Angeles and Bethlehem
Steel tournament record of five championships in the October 4 final at
Seattle.

13 – The Chicago
Fire will look to continue their winning ways in San Jose as the Earthquakes
ride a club 13-match league winless streak into Saturday night’s match at Buck
Shaw Stadium.  

26 – While the
Fire will hope to extend San Jose’s winless streak to 14 matches, a Fire streak
will undoubtedly end Saturday night. The only player to start all 26 regular
season matches this season, Fire defender Gonzalo Segares (pictured right)  is suspended for the
match at San Jose after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the
2-0 win over Colorado on August 27. Segares was two matches from tying his
career best of 28 consecutive starts for the club, achieved from September 3,
2006-August 22, 2007.

1 – Before last
Tuesday’s Open Cup win over Richmond, the Fire had only played the USL-Pro side
one time previous. That match came in an August 4, 2004 Open Cup quarterfinal,
a 1-0 Fire win at Richmond…

Question: Who’d
they play in the next game?

Answer: A league
match against Saturday night’s opponent San Jose.

Question: The
score? 

Answer: 2-1 win
as the Jamaican tandem of Andy Williams and Damani Ralph earned the Fire three
points.

Question: Omen as
the team looks to fight its way back into the MLS Cup playoff picture?

Answer: Lets hope
so…

GO FIRE!

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Jeff Crandall is the Team Writer for the Chicago Fire.

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