Archive for June 2010

Landon, Justice, and the American Way

  After 90 excruciating, nail biting minutes (not to mention a 4 plus day wait after Coulibaly-gate) Landon Donovan gave the USA a much deserved goal and passage into the knock out stages of the World Cup.  The goal and eventual result was a just outcome and has placed the beautiful game on the forefront... Read more »

World Cup Watch Parties IV

World Cup Watch Parties IV
USA v Ghana! The Fire and Section 8 are hosting a World Cup watch party on Saturday at Nisei Lounge (3439 N. Sheffield).  Nisei is also hosting Mexico v Argentina on Sunday. Fado Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark Ginger’s Ale House, 3801 N. Ashland The Globe Pub, 1931 W. Irving Park... Read more »

New Trialist - Jeremiah White

We’ve heard rumors for several months now regarding the Fire’s interest in American midfielder Jeremiah White.  It seems the rumors were true.  White is now on trial with the team.   
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Mid Week Injury Report & US Open Cup Opponent

With a the World Cup buzz it’s easy to overlook the fact that MLS resumes play this weekend.  The Fire travel to New England on Sunday night, with the early injury report being released today. CHICAGO FIRE — OUT: FW Calen Carr (R quad strain); MF John Thorrington (L quad strain) NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION — OUT:... Read more »

World Cup Watch Parties III

Fire/Section 8 Watch Party The Fire and Section 8 are hosting a watch party for the USA v Algeria match on Wednesday.  The party location is Union Park Lounge, 228 S. Racine, and will feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and 1 ticket for the Real Salt Lake match combo for $30.  If you plan on... Read more »

More Random World Cup Thoughts

Wednesday’s USA v Algeria match will take place at the same time as the England v Slovenia match.  ESPN will air the USA match at 8:30 am while ESPN2 carries the Brits.  We’ll know the fate of Group C by 10:30 on Wednesday….I’m counting the minutes.  It seems Bob Bradey is contemplating moving Clint Dempsey... Read more »
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Book Reviews : Long Range Goals - The Success Story of Major League Soccer

  For those of you interesed in reading good soccer related material I suggested reading Soccernomics a few weeks ago (Sam also previously recommended it in a post a while back).  Since soccer related books seem to be popping up with some frequency, mostly due to World Cup excitement, I’ve been searching for US and MLS... Read more »

Fire Postpones Minnesota Friendly

The friendly scheduled for Sunday in Minnesota has been postponed.  Details to come. Update : The match has been cancelled.

MLS Referees Can Now Say They Are Better Than World Cup Referees

I’m not sure when the last time this happened (if ever) but at the conclusion of the USA v Slovenia match today I was left pining for the likes of Brian Hall, Abbey Okulaja, Terry Vaugh, and Kevin Stott.  If FIFA is going to insist on assigning incompetent referees to World Cup matches it would... Read more »
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Fire Invites 4 Trialists to Training

  4 New Trialists Sam Stejskal has more info on the trialists on mlssoccer.com.  Malaury Martin is interesting since he has a decent resume and is only 21 years old.  He’s also an attacking midfielder. Here are some notes on Martin from a Ligue 1 scouting report: Malaury Martin, Monaco, CM/AM, 88Rating : 8.5C, BodmerTalent... Read more »