Archive for June 2009

Fire 1 -- Chivas USA 0

A Fire squad full of reserves was able to hold off fellow MLS club Chivas USA in SuperLiga action Tuesday night, defeating ‘The Goats’ 1-0. Click [here](http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-24-fire-chicago-jun24,0,6148930.story) for my match recap and read below for some more thoughts I had on the match… **Liked it:** **1 – The play of the Fire reserves** Tuesday night’s... Read more »

Linked Up - An Interview with Jim Curtin

I’m just killing some time before heading out to Toyota Park for tonight’s Fire–Chivas USA SuperLiga match and thought I’d share an interesting article that Flynn Murphy (blogger for Section 8’s “D! News Weekly”) sent me the other day. The article is [an interview with Flynn and Chivas USA defender Jim Curtin](http://section8chicago.com/jm3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=426&catid=52&Itemid=159) (formerly of the... Read more »

Fire vs. Chivas USA: Match Preview (The SuperLiga Edition)

The Fire will be looking to continue their SuperLiga success Tuesday night, when MLS rival Chivas USA comes to Toyota Park. [Here is a short preview of the match I wrote up](http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/fire/chi-23-fire-chicago-jun23,0,6367565.story), but I’ll dive into some areas I didn’t touch upon in that piece here (namely, a prediction…) So I’ll get right to it…... Read more »
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Fire Practice Report -- 6/22

Here are a few notes from the Fire’s practice today: **1 – No Thorrington** The Fire midfielder did not participate in full training with the team today as he continues to rebound from a mild back injury. Thorrington did do some work with the trainers though and looks to be getting back into the swing... Read more »

Fire vs. San Luis: Player Evaluations

Hey all, hope everybody enjoyed their Father’s Day (the U.S. team made that a little easier…wow). Here is the latest edition of the Fire player evaluations (and, if you are interested, [here is a link to the ratings scale](http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-fire-confidential/2009/06/fire-vs-dynamo-player-ratings.html)). **Starters:** GK – Jon Busch – 8 Busch played a very nice game. He made several... Read more »

Happy Father's Day

Just wanted to wish a happy Father’s day to all of you Dads out there.  Your day has some solid soccer action in it and if you will be watching USA take on Egypt in the Confederations Cup hopefully you will enjoy it.  Check back tomorrow for some player evaluations and more reaction from the... Read more »
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Fire 1 -- San Luis 0

The Fire finally ended their three game losing streak Saturday night, [defeating Mexican side San Luis 1-0](http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/fire/chi-21-fire-chicago-jun21,0,3615049.story) in SuperLiga action at Toyota Park. Brian McBride scored the match’s lone goal in the 69th minute of play, when he was able to smash a Cuauhtemoc Blanco back-pass into the upper 90 from the top of the... Read more »

Segares and Thorrington named to premilinary Gold Cup rosters

John Thorrington and Gonzalo Segares were both named to their countries preliminary 30-man rosters for the CONCACAF Gold Cup today. The rosters will be cut down to 23 players when the Gold Cup opens on July 3rd. While I fully expect Segares to make Costa Rica’s final roster, Thorrington’s chances of making the U.S.’s final... Read more »

Profiling San Luis FC

The Fire kick off their SuperLiga play Saturday night when they take on Mexican first division side San Luis FC. San Luis, who play in Central Mexican city San Luis Potosi, qualified for SuperLiga play by virtue of finishing the regular season of Apertura 2008 in first place. Despite their first place finish in the... Read more »
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Linked Up

Here are a couple interesting Fire related links to get your day started.  Look for an informational piece on the Fire’s first SuperLiga opponent, San Luis, later on in the day. As reported on the Fire’s official website, the Fire’s first U.S. Open Cup fixture has been announced.  The Fire will be taking on the... Read more »