Archive for October 2009

The First Round Rundown

I’ve already taken a brief look at the Fire-Revolution first round series, but haven’t spent any time on the three other Conference Semifinals going on around the country in the next couple of weeks. That’s about to change though. Click after the jump for a quick rundown of the ‘other’ first round series. **Eastern Conference... Read more »

Fire set to take on Revolution in Playoffs

When the Fire played the New England Revolution on Oct. 17, many saw the match as a possible playoff preview. Now that the MLS regular season has come to a close those predictions of a Fire-Revolution postseason battle have come true. The sides will begin their two-leg Eastern Conference semifinal series at 3 p.m. Saturday... Read more »

Playoff Update 2.0

Things took a wild turn in the MLS playoff race last night as the team with the least amount of points heading into the day, Real Salt Lake, was the only team to end the night with a playoff spot clinched. Real Salt Lake got into the 2009 edition of the MLS Cup Playoffs in... Read more »
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MLS Playoff Scenario Update

With two playoff spots remaining and six teams in the hunt, things could get a little dicey in MLS this weekend. Colorado (40 points) is the only team that controls its own destiny and if they get a win at Real Salt Lake tonight (9 p.m. on FSC) they will clinch the 3rd or 4th... Read more »

Fire 1 - Chivas USA 0: Playoff Ticket Punched

The Fire finally clinched their spot in the playoffs tonight, earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference [with a 1-0 win at a rain-soaked Toyota Park over Western Conference leaders Chivas USA](http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/fire/chi-23-fire-chicago-oct23,0,4467014.story). The Fire, who took the lead in the 67th minute when Chivas forward Eduardo Lillingston put a Cuauhtemoc Blanco corner kick in... Read more »

Matchday 10/22: Fire vs. Chivas USA

Hey everyone, I’m settled in at a very rainy Toyota Park and the Fire and Chivas are almost set to kick off their all-important match.  The Fire will be looking for a win or a tie to clinch the Eastern Conference’s second seed in the upcoming playoffs but Chivas will be gunning for a win... Read more »
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Fire vs. Chivas USA: Match Preview

After the Fire last met Western Conference leaders Chivas USA in MLS action on May 28th, Chicago was the talk of the league. Not only had the Fire just pulled off a thrilling 3-2 come from behind victory over Chivas – who at the time were MLS leaders – but they also extended their season-opening... Read more »

Mid-Week Update: Injury Notes and Reaction to the New England Game

Now that I’ve finally spoken to Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett, I can provide you guys with a couple of updates regarding the Fire’s injury situation and give some reaction to the 0-0 draw with New England this past Saturday. Here we go… **Injury Updates:** **Wilman Conde – Game day decision** Conde, who missed last... Read more »

Linked Up

Hey everybody, thought I’d share a few links with you before I talk with Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett later this afternoon (knock on wood…). Here’s a piece the USA Today put together further detailing the MLS playoff situation.  It gives a pretty broad view of the postseason picture and drops some valuable knowledge so... Read more »
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Interview with Hamlett Wednesday afternoon (UPDATED)

I’ll be interviewing Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett this afternoon and wanted to open up the floor for you all to pose some questions to the man in charge of the Fire.  If you get your question in before 1 p.m., I’ll do my best to get it answered for you.  I should have a... Read more »