Archive for June 2009

Soumare headed to France? Unidentified Club (maybe..) makes a bid

According to a recent [report](http://www.soccerbyives.net/soccer_by_ives/2009/06/french-club-makes-bid-for-soumare.html#more), an unidentified French first division club has made a bid for Fire center back Bakary Soumare. I have been in touch with the Fire front office and they will be getting back to me shortly with some more details about the rumored bid. *I just spoke with the Fire front... Read more »

Fire vs Wilmington Hammerheads: Match Preview (Follow the game on Twitter)

[Here is a little piece I wrote for the Tribune](http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/fire/chi-30-fire-jun30,0,1016521.story) previewing tonight’s Fire U.S. Open Cup match against the Wilmington (N.C) Hammerheads of USL-2. But I wanted to take a more in depth look at the match (especially the lineup) so here are a few more thoughts that I had… **What will the Fire do... Read more »

Fire vs. Tigres: Player Evaluations

As I’m sure all of you now know, the Fire’s modest two-game winning streak came to an end Saturday night when they fell to Mexican team Tigres UANL by a score of 2-1. The Fire were still able to advance to SuperLiga’s semifinals (courtesy of Chivas USA, who tied with San Luis on Saturday) where... Read more »
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U.S. vs. Brazil - Confederations Cup Final

The U.S. Men’s National Team is all set to take on Brazil in the FIFA Confederations Cup Final. The match is the first FIFA tournament final for the U.S. team and a win (though it would be an upset…) would really announce the American team’s arrival to the big-time. Today’s game (which kicks off at... Read more »

Fire 1 - Tigres 2

The Fire fell 2-1 to Mexican club Tigres UANL on Saturday night, but despite the result the Fire was able to advance to the semifinals of SuperLiga. The Fire barely scratched through to the semis, getting through on a Cuauhtemoc Blanco 84th minute penalty kick conversion. The Fire really didn’t play too well throughout the... Read more »

Fire Release Nick Noble

The Fire waived 24-year-old goalkeeper Nick Noble yesterday, ending his 2 ½ year stay with the club.  Noble was demoted to third string goalkeeper earlier in the year, foreshadowing yesterday’s release. Noble’s release comes at a strange time for the Fire, who is about to lose starting keeper Jon Busch for up to a month... Read more »
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Profiling (and Previewing...) Tigres UANL

The Fire is set to take on Mexican side Tigres UANL in their third (and final) SuperLiga group stage match tomorrow night.  Tigres, who play in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, are interestingly enough the official team of the publicly owned university in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Tigres qualified for SuperLiga action... Read more »

Three Fire players called up for Gold Cup play

Fire players Gonzalo Segares, Jon Busch and Logan Pause were all named to their respective national team’s rosters for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. Segares’s call up to the Costa Rican national squad was fully expected but the naming of Pause and Busch (neither of whom was named to the U.S.’s 30-man preliminary roster) to... Read more »

Fire vs Chivas USA: Player Evaluations

As most of you know, the Fire was able to continue their winning ways in SuperLiga on Tuesday night, defeating Chivas USA 1-0. The Fire’s lineup was chock full of normal reserves and youngsters and for the most part, they impressed. So without any further ado, here is the latest installment of the Fire player... Read more »
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US vs. Spain -- Confederations Cup Semis

The U.S. Men’s National team takes on Spain later on today in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. The match is no doubt one of the biggest matches for the ‘Nats in recent memory. Spain comes into the match riding a 35-game unbeaten streak and is (right now) the definitive best team in the world.... Read more »