GOTY Bracket: Day 5

Goal of the Year Voting Day 5

We had our second upset of the tournament yesterday as #3 Marco Pappa (6/27 at New England) upended #2 Brian McBride (10/8 vs. Columbus). The win is Pappa’s second of the tournament while McBride loses in his first of three entries. The rivalry will continue later this week as the two will go head-to-head on Wednesday and Friday.

TODAY’S MATCHUP:  In the Kubik Bracket. #2 Peter Lowry (10/8 vs. Columbus) takes on #3 Wilman Conde (8/21 at Houston)

Peter Lowry’s 30th minute goal on October 8 will live forever in Fire lore for a few reasons. First, it was the 600th goal in Chicago Fire regular season history, but more importantly it stood as the winner as the side defeated one of its biggest rivals to celebrate its 13-year anniversary.

All of that doesn’t even mention what a great, flowing goal it was… Logan Pause switched fields in the attacking half, finding right back Steven Kinney who played a deflected ball to Patrick Nyarko. The Ghanaian winger one-touched a pass into the path of Peter Lowry who cut into the box, turned U.S. international Chad Marshall and with the outside of his right foot, curled his effort around onrushing Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer to put the Fire ahead 1-0. Wow, did we do it justice?

Conde’s 81st minute goal on August 21 at Houston served equal importance at its time. Down 2-0 after a drab first 50 minutes, Calen Carr cut the lead to 2-1 in the 55th minute. Houston took back a two-goal lead four minutes later when Brian Ching slammed a bicycle kick past Sean Johnson. Patrick Nyarko forced a Houston own goal in the 69th and then Conde came through with his powerful header off a Freddie Ljungberg corner kick in the 81st minute to level the  game at 3-3.

The Fire ended up losing 4-3 after Brian Ching completed his hat trick in the 85th minute, but nine minutes from time, Conde’s goal looked to be the club’s saving grace after a poor start.

Voting will run through 10 am CT Wednesday!  The winner of today’s matchup will take on #1 Marco Pappa (4/10 vs. San Jose) in the final of the Kubik Bracket next Monday, November 22.  Check out the upcoming matchups by viewing our schedule and bracket!

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