The Fire dismantled yet another team 4-0 at a sold out Toyota Park, when they beat the Vancouver Whitecaps. The fans were treated to Fireworks on the field with three goals in the first half and a spectacular early Independence day fireworks display after the game. Michael De Leeuw, nicknamed the lion finally got his first goal of the season. De Leeuw has been tasked with doing the dirty work this season, patrolling the midfield, helping out in defense and has not had that many chances in front of goal. But he has been up to the task, running all over the field, putting in heroics in defense and creating chances for teammates Accam and Nikolic. But to a striker by nature he wanted a goal. Every time he got a chance fans cheered and willed that ball to go in. Yelling come on Michael, and agonized sighs could be heard throughout when the ball went wide, when he finally got his goal the stands erupted in standing ovation, He was instantly embraced by his teammates who knew how much it meant to him. His spectacular performance earned him Man of the Match honors. After the match de Leeuw had this to say “I feel good, finally you know the monkey is finally off my back. But I think it was an elephant, I’m happy with my goal.”

The win set a club record 8 straight wins at home, outscoring their opponents 27-4. Toyota Park is once again a happy place to visit unless of course you are the opposing team and their fans. The fire are proving to be very rude hosts, but that makes fire fans euphoric and would like to see this rudeness continue through October. Head Coach Veljko Paunovic is taking a more cautionary approach saying after the match “But now I have to be the party breaker and I want to stop the euphoria because I think it’s important to know we still haven’t done anything.”” But try telling that to long suffering Fire fans who were so hungry for something to cheer about. One dark spot of the match was the injury to Bastian Schweinsteiger who went off injured in the 43 minute. It does not seem that the injury is too serious and is listed as day to day for Wednesday’s match in Portland. But knowing the spirit of this team if he is unable to play they will find a way to win. There is still 16 games left in the regular season, but you know fire fans will be looking at the MLS table seeing their “Men in Red” at the very top and thinking this has got to be a dream. If it is a dream please don’t let me wake up till December.

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