georg Posted May 7, 2007 Share Posted May 7, 2007 Seems like some teams still thinks artificial surfaces are alot worse then Natural Grass. Read this Article http://www.suntimes.com/sports/soccer/fire/372628,CST-SPT-fire06.article They're faking it with next 3 on road Fire | Sarachan: Games on artificial surfaces will take a bit of a toll on his players' bodies May 6, 2007 BY LEN ZIEHM email@example.com Soccer was meant to be played on grass. The unbeaten Fire's next three road games, however, will be played on artificial surfaces, and that's not a good thing. ''If we played on it a lot it'd take its toll on our bodies,'' coach Dave Sarachan said. ''The [artificial turf] product isn't as burdensome as it used to be, but it is different. It's harder, and we try to stay off of it as much as possible.'' The Fire, which has its own grass training field at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, didn't look for an artificial surface to prepare for today's game against the New England Revolution. That policy might change before the Fire visits Toronto FC, Major League Soccer's newest expansion team, on Friday and the New York Red Bulls on May 24. The run of games of fake grass will be interrupted by a May 17 home game against FC Dallas. TODAY: FIRE AT REVOLUTION The facts: 4 p.m. (tape delay at 7 p.m. on CSN), 1200-AM in Spanish, 1230-AM in Polish. The story line: New England (2-1-2) has gone four games without a defeat since its 1-0 loss at Toyota Park in the season opener on April 7. The Revs weren't happy with Thursday's 1-1 tie against D.C. United on the road after Shalrie Joseph's controversial red-card ejection in the 63rd minute. That rules the stalwart defender out of today's game. The Fire (3-0-1) has an 18-17-6 edge against the Revs in all competitions since 1998. Len Ziehm Fire president John Guppy expects to add a practice field with an artificial surface to the Toyota Park complex sometime this summer. ''We'd all say grass is preferable,'' Guppy said, ''but the quality of the newer versions [of fake grass] is pretty good. Technology keeps getting better, but I doubt there will ever be 100 percent artificial fields. It still plays a little differently. There's a mental aspect to playing on it.'' NOTES: Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who will join the Fire on July 1 when his Mexican league commitments are over, scored Club America's goal in a 2-1 loss to Morelia and assisted on the goal that produced a 1-0 win over Atlante in his team's previous game. The Mexican league is heading into its playoffs. Blanco also will play for Club America in the Copa Libertadores tournament before coming to the Fire. • The Fire's new half-hour radio show, Chicago Fire Soccer Weekly, will make its debut at 6 p.m. Tuesday on WXAV (88.3-FM), the student-run station at Saint Xavier University. The show will be hosted by Angelo Bonadonna, the station's sports director, and Fire coach Dave Sarachan and captain Chris Armas are the first guests. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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