Fans had the chance to see the Chicago Fire beat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC without the help of Marco Pappa. As rumors about his possible departure continue, the win gives some hope that they will be able to survive without him. They finished the game on July 14 with 1-0 and will face the New York Red Bulls on July 18.
No Marco Pappa
Although Marco Pappa was listed as a substitute before the game on July 14, the Chicago Fire indicated he had an infection and was not able to play. The match with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC provided them an opportunity to test a different lineup without Pappa. Since his name is constantly being linked to different clubs and transfer rumors are popular, the Chicago Fire made the right decision to experiment without Marco Pappa.
Pavel Pardo's Goal
Pavel Pardo showed that the midfield can survive without Marco Pappa by being the only player to score a goal on July 14. He made the goal in the 10th minute of the game and gave the Chicago Fire the 1-0 lead that they maintained for the rest of the night. Pardo made another attempt to score later in the match.
Alex joined the starting lineup on July 14 and seems to be improving each time he participates in a new game. However, it may be too soon to say he can permanently replace Sebastian Grazzini. Although he has been alert and quick, he still needs time to fully integrate into the team.
Red Card for Arne Friedrich
Arne Friedrich received two yellow cards and an automatic red card that left the Chicago Fire with 10 players instead of 11. I think this is another example of the referee mistakes that have become common in MLS. Although Austin Berry has admitted he should have been the one to receive a yellow card for the challenge on Darren Mattocks, it seems that the referee simply decided to punish Arne Friedrich a second time. He will be forced to miss the July 18 game because of the red card suspension.
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