Rodriguez banks on Paunovic with Fire coaching hire

After a month of names and rumors regarding the Fire’s coaching search, Nelson Rodriguez has found his man and the choice comes as a bit of a surprise. Veljko Paunović has been named as the Fire’s new head coach. While he isn’t immediately recognizable, he does have a background that would suggest some coaching chops.... Read more »

Fire continue staff shake up

The Fire have parted ways with Head of Scouting Trevor James, Goalkeepers Coach Aron Hyde, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adrian Lamb, Director of Team Operations Ron Stern, Equipment Manager Charles Raycroft, and Assistant Equipment Manager Alan Araujo. I reported this morning that Technical Director Brian Bliss had also been dismissed but that isn’t happening just... Read more »

Fire Confidential Live podcast - Coaches, DP's, HG's and more

Fire Confidential Live podcast - Coaches, DP's, HG's and more
The latest Fire Confidential Live podcast is up and available for your ears here and here. In this episode we field a variety of questions and comments from you. The ongoing coaching search, player movement, Designated Players, and Homegrowns were the hot topics. We also picked one winner at random from questions submitted here and via... Read more »

Fire Friday notebook - Coaching update, deadlines, and more

Don’t expect a conclusion to the Fire’s coaching search until at least the end of the USMNT’s current camp. The odds on favorite to land the job, US U-20 head coach and senior team assistant Tab Ramos, won’t be free until after the US v Trinidad and Tobago match next Tuesday. While Nelson Rodriguez has... Read more »

Fire notebook - Coaches, GBS, and more

As first reported here last Monday, Tab Ramos continues to be the apparent front runner for the Fire’s head coaching position next season. Nelson Rodriguez will meet with Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the coming days and he is also thought to be a serious candidate. Schelotto told media in Argentina this past weekend that he... Read more »

Guillermo Barros Schelotto to the Fire?

Rumors surfaced on Wednesday that the Fire had approached former Crew attacker, and current Lanus head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto about the club’s open managerial position. Schelotto, who won MLS’ Most Valuable Player award in 2008 and has been in charge at Lanus in Argentina’s Primera Division since July of 2012, has been silent about... Read more »

Adding more names to the coaching speculation party

As Nelson Rodriguez continues his travels across North America and beyond interviewing candidates for the Fire’s head coaching position, his ideal time frame for the hire is quickly approaching. With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, having a coach in place by the end of the month could be crucial to completing player personnel decisions for... Read more »

Fire notebook - coaching search update, the Wolf, and more

The Fire’s 2015 season ended last week but the work is just starting for new GM Nelson Rodriguez. The first order of business is obviously deciding on who will be the next head coach. Rodriguez has indicated that he’d ideally like to have someone in place before Thanksgiving and that two of the characteristics he... Read more »

Roster decisions ahead for 2016 - who's coming back?

Roster decisions ahead for 2016 - who's coming back?
With the season at an end, players will sit through exit interviews in the coming days and some surely realize it’s the end of the line in Chicago after a disastrous year. Nelson Rodriguez and Brian Bliss will have a variety of factors to consider when looking at who stays and who departs heading into... Read more »

Red Bulls 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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On a night when Jesse Marsch, Denis Hamlett, and Chris Armas celebrated a Supporters Shield clinching victory at Toyota Park, the current version of the Fire are looking toward next season and another new beginning. Nelson Rodriguez met the media before the game but the formality of one more match this season was just that.... Read more »