Archive for November 2009

Working on some interviews... (UPDATED)

Hey everybody, I’m working on getting some interviews with Fire personnel scheduled so I will hopefully have some stories up regarding the ‘protected list’ decisions later on. If the interviews don’t work out, don’t worry, I’ll be back with another post today but the content will be slightly different. **UPDATE — I just got off... Read more »

Fire Announce Expansion Draft Protected Players

The Fire announced their list of 11 expansion draft protected players today. The players, who will be ineligible for selection by the Philadelphia Union in Wednesday’s expansion draft, include the following: GK: Jon Busch DEF: Wilman Conde, C.J. Brown, Dasan Robinson, Tim Ward MID: Justin Mapp, Marco Pappa, Logan Pause, John Thorrington FWD: Brian McBride,... Read more »

Hauptman's Response

I’m sure most of you noticed that last week’s edited version of Fire owner Andrew Hauptman’s letter to fans stirred up quite a bit of controversy on this site.  Well, it got people inside the Fire front office talking too and I’m happy to say that Hauptman got involved, writing back to me via VP... Read more »
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Real Salt Lake outlasts LA in penalties to win MLS Cup

Heading into the final game of the regular season, few expected Real Salt Lake to make the playoffs, let alone win the MLS Cup. But Sunday night, Real Salt Lake achieved the improbable, [defeating the star-studded L.A. Galaxy 5-4 (1-1) in penalties to win the first trophy in club history](http://web.mlsnet.com/mls/events/mls_cup/2009/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091123&content_id=7703148&vkey=mlscup2009&fext=.jsp). As Fire fans know all... Read more »

Matchday 11/22: MLS Cup Final

The Fire’s season might already be over, but there is still business left to take care of in MLS. The L.A. Galaxy and Real Salt Lake will finish that ‘business’ tonight, when they meet in the MLS Cup Final (7:30 p.m. on ESPN) for the 2009 league title. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the... Read more »

Expansion Draft Update; Top 10 Fire Goals

Hey everyone, have a little Saturday morning update for you courtesy of scaryice — who tipped me off to these stories via email. Here we go… **Nyarko Graduating Generation Adidas?** According to [this post on Climbing the Ladder, Patrick Nyarko could be graduating from the Generation Adidas program](http://usasoccer.blogspot.com/2009/09/graduating-from-generation-adidas.html). The significance of this is that the... Read more »
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L.A. vs. Real Salt Lake: MLS Cup Preview

There’s only one game left in the 2009 MLS Schedule and it’s the big one; the MLS Cup Final. This year’s final, which will be played at Seattle’s Qwest Field, pits Western Conference regular season champs the L.A. Galaxy against the streaking Real Salt Lake. The matchup offers some good star power with the obvious... Read more »

Donovan Named MLS MVP

MLS announced this afternoon that [L.A. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has been named league MVP](http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20091119&content_id=7689544&vkey=pr_mls&fext=.jsp). The honor, which is the first MVP trophy in the 29-year-old’s 9-year career, comes as a precursor to Sunday night’s MLS Cup Final — when Donovan and L.A. will take on Real Salt Lake. Donovan, who had 12 goals and... Read more »

Expansion Draft Info

Getting off the topic of the “Hauptman Letter Debate” for a minute, some important info came out today regarding next Wednesday’s MLS expansion draft. Here’s the info, [per Steve Goff](http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2009/11/mls_news_notes_1.html#more) (and NaperSteve — who provided the tip): > Philadelphia will select 10 players; current clubs must submit their 11-man protected list by Monday afternoon; no... Read more »
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Hauptman's Letter

On Tuesday, the Fire distributed a letter that owner Andrew Hauptman wrote to fans of the club.  The letter, which ran a relatively short 293 words, was sort of Hauptman’s wrap on the season.  It details how he felt after the Real Salt Lake game and reminds fans that the club is already working hard... Read more »