Archive for April 2010

Fire vs Houston Preview

This will be a bigger challenge than DC United.  The Dynamo have lost Dwayne DeRosario, Stuart Holden, and Ricardo Clark over the last two seasons but continue to be one the better sides in MLS.  Dominic Kinnear has done an excellent job of replacing departing players and not missing much of a beat.  Although Brian... Read more »

Fire Announce Unique Supporters Charter

The Fire in conjunction with Section 8 Chicago have announced the signing of a very unique agreement designed to encourage and promote a cooperative partnership between the Fire and their fans.  The Charter is a result of 18 months of ongoing discussions and collaboration between the Fire and Section 8 designed to improve and maximize the fan experience at... Read more »

Is MLS Surpassing the NBA & NHL?

Last week mls-daily.com published this piece comparing the average attendance of the five major sports in America http://www.mls-daily.com/2010/04/mls-attendance-moves-past-nba-nhl.html . It correctly listed MLS ahead of the NBA and NHL in terms of average attendance for each sport’s most current seasons.  Although misleading due to the fact that the MLS season is only four weeks old it... Read more »
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Fire vs AC Milan May 30

http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/04/chicago-fire-challenge-ac-milan The Fire will be taking on AC Milan at Toyota Park in just a few weeks. Nice.  

Blanco anyone?

 A quote from Mr. White’s agent, Jose Manuel Sanz (from mlssoccer.com) “Sanz also represents Cuauhtémoc Blanco, who is currently in camp with the Mexican National Team in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. He would not rule out a possible return for the former Chicago Fire midfield leader.” “His years with the Chicago Fire were... Read more »

Links of Interest

Here are a few Fire related items. A piece on Andrew Dykstra on SBI. http://www.soccerbyives.net/soccer_by_ives/2010/04/dykstra-relishes-firstever-win-in-front-of-home-crowd.html#more   And this interesting take on the Fire’s  designated player possibilities from Soccer America’s Ridge Mahoney. “8. CHICAGO. So far, Coach Carlos de Los Cobos – despite his laudable record with clubs in Mexico – has preferred to import players... Read more »
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Fire Alumni Update

Chris Rolfe started again for AA Aalborg in their 0-0 draw with Esbjerg. Rolfe missed an opportunity for a goal in consecutive games when he clanked a chip shot off the cross bar.  Gonzalo Segares did not play in Apollonas’ 0-0 draw against Omonoia. Bakary Soumare started and went the full 90 in Bolougne’s 2-1 loss... Read more »

Fire vs DC Player Ratings and Recap

After a badly needed win the Fire improve to 1-2-1 on the season.  The match wasn’t exactly pretty but it was effective nonetheless for the Fire.  DC was held to very few real scoring opportunities while the only truly dangerous chances were 2 headers from Julius James.  Offensively the Fire looked more composed and fluid than in the... Read more »

Starting Line Up and Match Comments

The Starting 11 for the Fire : GK Andrew Dykstra D Kryzstof Krol D Wilman Conde D CJ Brown D Dasan Robinson M Patrick Nyarko M Marco Pappa M Peter Lowry M Baggio Husidic M Justin Mapp F Collins John
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Fire vs DC United preview

It’s too early in the season to call any game a must win but this match is important for both teams.  DC United has been racked by injuries and bad play while the Fire has looked like a team trying to find itself.  DC has struggled defensively and they will be missing both starting center... Read more »