Fire notebook - Paunovic on roster youth, line up choices, new trialists, and more

The Fire are following Saturday’s 3-0 win over the University of South Florida with a game against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Veljko Paunovic told reporters during his weekly conference call this morning that he is very happy with the first phase of training camp so far. “We’re starting the third week... Read more »

Fire drop USF 3-0 in preseason opener

There wasn’t much trouble dispatching the University of South Florida in Veljko Paunovic’s Chicago coaching debut. The Fire controlled the play from start to finish and comfortably defeated their first opponent of the preseason by a 3-0 score. Trialist Arturo Alvarez made a case for a permanent spot on the roster with the opening goal... Read more »

Fire v USF preseason match preview

Match preview guru Martin Tomszak kicks off 2016 with a University of South Florida…yes, a University of South Florida match preview. The new regime’s competitive debut should provide some interesting insight into what’s to come in the week’s ahead. What Are They All About? University of South Florida After what seems like an eternity, the... Read more »
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Frank Klopas on the Fire, his time in Montreal, owners, and more

Recording a live podcast during an event such as last weekend’s ISA Annual General Meeting has its challenges. The biggest hurdle is providing clear, audible, content throughout all of the segments. The latest Fire Confidential Live podcast featured an interview with former Fire player, Technical Director, and Head Coach Frank Klopas that was obscured by... Read more »

Fire add right back Ramos on loan

The makeover of the back line is nearly complete. The Fire have announced the addition of right back Rodrigo Ramos on loan from Coritiba Football Club in Brazil’s first division. The twenty year old has come up through Coritiba’s youth system and was a member of the runner-up Brazilian side that fell to Veljko Paunovic’s... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic on first week, Shipp's position, and more

The Fire are beginning the next phase of training camp in Tampa, Florida. Training is underway ahead of the first preseason match of the year on Saturday against the University of South Florida. Coach Veljko Paunovic provided an update via a media conference call on Monday afternoon. ‘We are preparing good today in two sessions... Read more »
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Fire Confidential Live podcast - Klopas, Schwarz, and more

Fire Confidential Live podcast - Klopas, Schwarz, and more
The 2016 debut of the Fire Confidential Live podcast features former Fire player, Technical Director, and coach Frank Klopas, the Daily Herald’s Orrin Schwarz, match preview writer Martin Tomszak, and new members of the ISA board. The podcast was recorded live during the ISA/Section 8 Chicago Annual General Meeting. If you can get by the... Read more »

Fire add defender Johan Kappelhof

The website for Dutch first division club FC Groningen reported this morning that they have come to an agreement with the Fire on the transfer of defender Johan Kappelhof. The 25 year old Ajax Academy product is mainly a center back but he can play right back if needed. FC Groningen also reports that the... Read more »

Fire notebook - Pause on new role, LaBrocca signs, Kaminski plays, and more on CB's

It didn’t take much thought for Logan Pause to answer a question about whether he preferred the front office or the field. “Yes. Absolutely,” said Pause of his preference for the bench following training earlier this week. Pause is the last link remaining on the first team to the club’s most recent successes but he did... Read more »
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Learning opportunities and optimism abound as Fire camp opens

For Veljko Paunovic, learning doesn’t just apply to the dozen or so players in camp with less than one year of professional experience under their belts. The Fire’s new head coach is planning to take in training sessions and upcoming matches to continue his own soccer education. “If anyone thinks that he knows everything he’s... Read more »