Archive for July 2010

Fire v Galaxy Preview

Freddie Ljungberg will be available for selection in Los Angeles on Sunday but Nery Castillo did not travel with the team and should make his debut on August 8 against New York.  The Fire’s outlook for the remainder of the season has changed dramatically over the last two weeks with the acquisition of two designated... Read more »

Freddie Ljungberg is the Second DP

The Fire added a second designated player by acquiring midfielder Freddie Ljungberg in a trade with Seattle.  The Sounders will receive a 2011 or 2012 conditional draft pick in exchange for the former Arsenal star.  Ljungberg has had a rocky second season in Seattle after showing up late for training camp, getting called out by... Read more »

The Fire's New #10

The Fire officially introduced Nery Castillo today and unveiled the new #10 jersey that Castillo will wear.  Castillo will presumably play in his preferred withdrawn forward role behind either Brian McBride or Collins John.  Both players should benefit greatly from playing with an individual that can create opportunities for himself as well as teammates.  While Castillo... Read more »
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Sean Johnson vs Galaxy ?

After the conclusion of SuperLiga fans and media began to wonder if Carlos De Los Cobos would consider getting a look at Sean Johnson in the starting goalkeeper role.  It seems De Los Cobos is pondering the move.  Johnson has seen some action with the first team in training and the Fire coach was noncommittal when... Read more »

Fire to Introduce Castillo Thursday

The Fire will officially introduce Nery Castillo at a press conference at noon on Thursday.  Castillo is expected to beginning training with the team that morning. http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/07/nery-noon Given the late start in training I would assume that he would be doubtful to debut against the Galaxy on Sunday night. 

Mapp Traded to Philadelphia

Greg Lalas reports that the Fire have traded midfielder Justin Mapp to Philadelphia for allocation money.  http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/midfielder-justin-mapp-traded-philadelphia The amount of allocation money has not been made public but the move allows the Fire to free up $245,000.00 in cap space (or roughly $122,500.00 in terms of MLS cap dollars for half of 2010).  Mapp never... Read more »
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Fire May Be Catching Galaxy At The Right Time

The Fire resume MLS league play on Sunday by travelling to Los Angeles to take on the best team in the the league so far this season.  The Galaxy are atop the standings and in command in the race for the Supporter’s Shield on 40 points with an impressive 12-2-4 record.  Fortunately, the Fire may be... Read more »

Book Review : Star Spangled Soccer

  A few weeks ago I wrote a review of Beau Dure’s “Long Range Goals”.  Both Dure’s book and Gary Hopkins’ “Star Spangles Soccer” cover the growth and expansion of Major League Soccer but Hopkins expands his reach to include the growth of the game in America as a whole.  While Dure focused on Major League... Read more »

SuperLiga Misc Post Game

Here are a few miscellaneous quotes from Fire players on SuperLiga and Nery Castillo. CJ Brown On SuperLiga win vs Pumas: “It brings everybody’s spirits up.  At the end of day we’ve won nothing, you get a win and it boosts your confidence.” On the team’s attitude: “The last two games it was good.  It’s... Read more »
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Fire 1 Pumas 0 - SuperLiga Close Out

The Fire saved their best effort of SuperLiga 2010 for their final match of the tournament.  The organized defensive effort from the back line and the confident performance in goal were miles from the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Monarcas Morelia.  Although the offensive performance in the second half left something to be desired... Read more »