Archive for December 2009

Updating the head coaching search

Yesterday, Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America came out with a report that stated — amongst other things — that the Fire’s head coaching search is nearing its end. Citing a source within the Fire organization, [the report stated that the search is down to two former Fire players: ex-D.C. head coach Tom Soehn and current... Read more »

Morning Links

Yesterday afternoon was a busy one in the world of soccer. I didn’t update then, so we’re getting caught up now… In an announcement that certainly surprised me (just take a look at yesterday’s morning links for proof…), [Landon Donovan has signed a new deal with the L.A. Galaxy which will keep him at the... Read more »

Why Gonzalo Segares needs Europe

I first met Gonzalo Segares this June while covering a Fire training session. Gonzalo was playing through a calf injury at the time and left the practice field early to enter the locker room to receive some extra treatment on his leg. But before he could escape I jogged over to introduce myself to him.... Read more »
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Morning Links

I’ll be back later on today with a full post, but here are some links to kick start your day. The US Soccer Federation announced yesterday that [the team will conclude its annual January training camp with a friendly against Honduras at the Home Depot Center](http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2009/12/US-to-Face-Honduras-January-23.aspx). The match will take place on January 23rd —... Read more »

Crystal Clear

I wrote yesterday about my desire to see the Fire transform from a team that relies on the long ball to one that can use a more possession based buildup while attacking. It appears (wink, wink) that [Frank Klopas was reading](http://espn.go.com/chicago/columns/blog?name=corr&post=4744030)… > “First of all, the goal of the organization is to win a championship.... Read more »

London Calling

I started watching soccer – seriously watching soccer – in the summer of 2002. I was 12 years old, living in Florida and already nutty about playing the game. But I had never paid any attention to the actual professional product on the field. I had heard of Zidane, Ronaldo and some of the bigger... Read more »
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Sunday's Games: Your Open Thread

Sunday’s games: A tale of how the mighty have fallen. Ok, ok, that’s a bit over dramatic (and ridiculously cliche). So sue me. But consider some of today’s high profile European matches and you might see the point I’m trying to get at. Consider for instance, the Liverpool-Arsenal match (10 a.m CDT, FSC/FSE). We have... Read more »

Wynalda interested in Fire's head coaching position

I’ve learned that Eric Wynalda, the 2nd all time leading scorer in U.S. National Team history and current co-host of Fox Football Fone-in on FSC, is strongly interested in the Fire’s head coaching position.  I would be very surprised if the Fire hired Wynalda, who was notorious for his brashness both on the playing field... Read more »

Saturday's Games: Your Open Thread

Manchester United take on Aston Villa (12 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol) and Valencia takes on Real Madrid (3 p.m. ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com) in two of the day’s better games. The Barcelona derby is also today, with Messi, Ibrahmovic and co. taking on Espanyol (1 p.m. on GolTV). On a complete side note, Fire forward... Read more »
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Afternoon Update

Here are a few updates to close out your week with… Fire interview Fraser According to Steve Goff, the Fire had an interview with Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser this past week.   Fraser, who will turn 43 in a week, played 10 years in MLS, winning the defender of the year award in... Read more »