Archive for July 2009

Fire vs. Real Salt Lake: Match Preview

The Fire and Real Salt Lake meet for the first time on the season on Saturday night at Toyota Park. The Fire, who fell to second place in the East with last week’s 0-0 draw at Seattle, will be looking to return to their winning ways against Salt Lake who – with 23 points –... Read more »

An interview with Gonzalo Segares and Logan Pause

Hey everyone, hope your Thursday is going well. I caught up with the recently returned Gonzalo Segares and Logan Pause (both players had been with their national teams since the end of June for the Gold Cup) at yesterday’s practice and did a little group interview with them. Check it out below… **What did you... Read more »

MLS All Star Game: Everton wins in penalties

Tonight’s MLS All Star game was a thrilling affair between the All Stars (who were carrying a 5 game win streak against European teams into the match..) and Everton FC of the English Premier League. After 90 minutes the teams were all square at 1-1 and — per All Star Game rules — they went... Read more »
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Blanco, Segares Named to National Team Rosters for Qualifiers

Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been named to the Mexican National team roster ahead of their all important World Cup Qualifier against the United States. Fire defender Gonzalo Segares was also named to his country’s roster; he’ll play with Costa Rica when they take on Honduras on the same day. The early word is that... Read more »

Fire Practice Report 7/29

After having the last couple days off, the Fire held an intense practice today. Here are a few notes from the training session… **Seattle Reaction:** Today’s practice was the first for the Fire since their 0-0 draw at Seattle on Saturday and the team was impressed with the atmosphere at the game in Washington. “It... Read more »

Linked Up

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these so I thought I’d share some interesting soccer related stories with you guys on this slow news day in the world of the Fire. Here’s [a nice write up by ESPN on the MLS All Star game](http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=663433&sec=mls&root=mls&cc=5901). It’s a good preview of the match and... Read more »
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Fire vs. Sounders: Player Ratings

The Fire and the Sounders played to a 0-0 draw over the weekend and though the Fire lost the top spot in the East with the tie, the team undoubtedly returned to Chicago with their heads held high. I think the Fire has every right to take some pride in the point they earned in... Read more »

Mexico 5 -- USA 0: A Gold Cup Crushing

For those of you that haven’t heard, Mexico absolutely demolished the U.S. today in the Gold Cup Final 5-0.  Click on the link for ESPN’s match recap (if you even want to read about the drubbing that took place at Giants Stadium that is…). Mexico, who scored all of their goals in the second half,... Read more »

USA vs. Mexico -- The Gold Cup Final

The U.S. and Mexico face off today in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. Today’s match, which will be the second consecutive Gold Cup Final between Mexico and the States, is the first of two U.S. – Mexico clashes in a span of 17 days. The second match, which is a World Cup Qualifier, will take... Read more »
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Soumare Added to All-Star Team

Fire center back Bakary Soumare was added to the MLS All Star Team today. Soumare will be replacing Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching on the roster. The All Star selection is the first of Baky’s career and he will join Fire teammates Wilman Conde and Cuauhtemoc Blanco in Salt Lake City for the match against... Read more »