Archive for July 2009

Fire 0 -- Sounders 0: Scoreless in Seattle

Heading into Saturday’s match at Seattle, the Fire knew that it would be a tough task to leave the Pacific Northwest with a result. But after 90 minutes of supercharged soccer action, the Fire was able escape Qwest Field with a point, tying the expansion Sounders 0-0. The match, played in front of yet another... Read more »

Fire vs. Sounders: Match Preview

The Fire bring their two game win streak and first place record into Seattle this weekend, where they will take on the second place Sounders at Qwest Field on Saturday (2 p.m. on ESPN). The Fire, who has been excellent on the road all season, is looking forward to their match with Seattle, who –... Read more »

Mexico defeats Costa Rica in a thriller: Advances to Gold Cup Finals

Note: I originally had no plans to write about this match.  Then it decided to go ahead and get insane on me.  Read below for my recap of the game and get excited for Sunday.The CONCACAF Gold Cup: where crazy happens.   Now that’s not the official slogan of the biennial tournament that features the... Read more »
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USA 2 - Honduras 0: Americans Advance to Gold Cup Finals

The U.S. blanked Honduras 2-0 tonight at Soldier Field and, in doing so, advanced to their third straight Gold Cup final. The final, which will be played on Sunday at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford N.J., will feature the U.S. against Mexico or Costa Rica, who are currently tied 0-0 in the second half of... Read more »

Matchday: Gold Cup Semifinals

Hey everyone, I’m about to head out to Soldier Field for tonight’s action.  I’ll be updating this post throughout the night with starting lineups and some commentary so keep your eyes open for that.  Feel free to share any thoughts you have about either of tonight’s matches in the comments section below. Enjoy the games. 

Gold Cup Semis Tonight at Soldier Field

Chicago’s getting a double dip of soccer action as the Gold Cup semifinals make their way to Soldier Field on Thursday for an exciting night of international soccer. I’ll be at Soldier Field for both the U.S. – Honduras match as well as the Costa Rica – Mexico game (look for a matchday post later... Read more »
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Logan Pause returns to Chicago

Remember Logan Pause? It seems like it’s been a while since we last saw the central midfielder suit up for the Fire (mainly because it has, June 27th was the last time he played with the club…) but Logan has been keeping busy, playing with the U.S. National Team in their journey through the CONCACAF... Read more »

Fire Practice Report 7/21 -- Updated Version

The Fire took part in a very tough practice today, doing a ton of conditioning work while not spending a ton of time on the ball. After Fire training I (along with a mass of other media members…) headed into Toyota Park to catch the end of the U.S. team’s practice and I was fortunate... Read more »

Gold Cup Update: USA and Costa Rica advance and Busch called in

The Fire will just have to wait a little bit longer for Logan Pause and Gonzalo Segares. This past weekend saw both Pause and the U.S. team and Gonzalo and the Costa Rican squad win their quarterfinal matches and advance to the Gold Cup semifinals, which will be played on Thursday night at Soldier Field.... Read more »
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An interview with Patrick Nyarko

I talked with Fire forward Patrick Nyarko for a few minutes prior to Saturday’s match against San Jose (during which he scored the game-winning goal…) and in getting to know him found the 23-year-old to be a very down to earth guy. I talked with Patrick about a wide variety of topics including his reaction... Read more »