Archive for February 2010

Match of the Week

*No matter what time of year, no matter what continent one is on, on any given weekend one can catch an entertaining soccer game. The key is to know where to look. Well, look no further — here’s a weekly feature that will preview (and eventually recap) my favorite match of the weekend. Consider this... Read more »

No decision on John yet

Though Collins John has impressed thus far in his trial with the Fire, the team isn’t quite ready to offer him a contract quite yet. “We’re still just looking at him for now,” Frank Klopas said of the Dutch striker.  “We want to make the best decision for the team as a whole [so we'll... Read more »

Fire draw Chivas 1-1 in friendly

The Fire played Mexican club Chivas de Guadalajara to a 1-1 draw at Chivas’s training facility Thursday afternoon. Brian McBride opened the scoring in the match, but his first half strike was nullified by a Chivas goal with just moments left in the match. The Fire played the entire first half with their A-lineup on... Read more »
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CBA Update: Union will let current CBA expire, Won't strike

MLS and the Players’ Union failed to agree upon a new CBA before last night’s deadline, but for now, there will be no work stoppage.  Here is the Union’s statement: The Major League Soccer Players Union (the “Union”)today announced that the collective bargaining agreement between the Union and Major League Soccer (“MLS”) will not be... Read more »

Fire vs. Chivas Game Thread

The Fire is all set to take on Mexican club CD Chivas in today’s friendly in Guadalajara. I’ll be providing updates — including in depth descriptions of the goals courtesy of some emails from the kind people in the Fire front office — throughout the afternoon so stay tuned. **12:00 p.m. –** Game is set... Read more »

US outlasts El Salvador 2-1

Though the U.S. completely outplayed El Salvador in Wednesday night’s friendly in Tampa, they needed two goals in the last 16 minutes to [squeak out of Raymond James Stadium with a 2-1 win](http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/4944355/ce/us/second-string-us-impresses-el-salvador?cc=5901&ver=us). After heading into the break scoreless, El Salvador jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the 59th minute when U.S. right back... Read more »
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Bone enjoying the start of his Fire career

Life as a MLS player is busy this time of year.  Between two-a-days, team meals, trips to and from the training ground and general soreness, a player’s schedule is kept pretty full.  For rookies coming into this atmosphere after up to four years of college – where the atmosphere (though busy) is more relaxed –... Read more »

Corben Bone injury update

Instead of boarding a plane to Mexico for the second phase of preseason training with the rest of his teammates on Monday, Fire rookie midfielder Corben Bone remained in Chicago, where he is rehabbing a bone bruise picked up in last week’s friendly against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Bone, who was the Fire’s top draft pick,... Read more »

Moving on up?

Before ALS wracked his body and ended his playing career, baseball star Lou Gehrig was known as the Iron Horse for his incredible streak of 2130 consecutive games played. The story goes that Gehrig, who would go on to become one of the greatest hitters of all time, started his streak when regular first-baseman Wally... Read more »
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Fire to face Chivas Guadalajara in friendly on Thursday

The Fire announced this afternoon that they will take on Mexican-club Chivas de Guadalajara in a closed-door friendly Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. The Fire, who began their two-week stay in Mexico with training today, will play a second exhibition in Mexico on March 3rd. The opponent for the second match has yet to be... Read more »