Archive for November 2010

Wilman Conde Signs with Puebla

Wilman Conde will be officially an ex-Fire defender when he signs with Mexican first division side Puebla FC today.  Terms of the deal are still unknown but the Fire did make an attractive offer earlier this season.  Conde’s departure along with the retirement of CJ Brown leaves the Fire with only two central defenders on... Read more »

Fire Interested in Maltese Striker?

This report out of the UK claims that the Fire are interested in former Coventry City forward and Maltese national team captain Michael Mifsud.  A closer look at Mifsud’s profile shows that he’s had some success at second tier European soccer but he’s only 5′-5″.  He’s bounced around the last three years amid some apparent... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to say thanks to all the readers, commentors, and emailers who made Chicago Fire Confidential fun to write this year!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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John and Krol Officially Released

A busy day at Toyota Park continued with the announcement that Krzysztof Krol and Collins John were being released.  Krol’s departure was expected given that his one year loan agreement expires in December and he has expressed interest in pursuing options in Europe.  The “mutual decision” to part ways with John came as a bit of... Read more »

Fire Lose Thorrington and Lowry

The Fire lost midfielders Peter Lowry and John Thorrington in today’s MLS expansion draft.  As most expected the relatively inexpensive and productive Lowry was the type of player that would draw some interest from expansion teams.  Lowry was selected in the 7th round by the Portland Timbers. The Fire gambled that John Thorrington’s salary and... Read more »

Fire's Expansion Protected List

The MLS expansion draft will be held on Wednesday and the Fire’s list of protected players includes a surprise or two.  The team has elected to protect both Mike Banner and Calen Carr while making two designated players and this year’s opening day goalkeeper available for selection by either Vancouver or Portland.  The Fire’s protected... Read more »
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Colorado Wins MLS Cup

The Colorado Rapids are raising MLS Cup 2010 as league champions and the league seems to be doing everything it can to ensure that lesser teams continue to provide playoff surprises that aren’t necessarily wanted or needed by most of it’s fan base.  Sure, an MLS Cup win is great for the fans of that... Read more »

To Protect or Not To Protect?

The conclusion of MLS Cup on Sunday will signify the end of the 2010 season and just a few days later the clock on the 2011 season will effectively start ticking with the MLS Expansion Draft.  All clubs will submit a “protected list” naming eleven players who will not be eligible for selection by new... Read more »

Pappa Wins MLS Goal of the Year

The Fire did manage to win something this season after all.  MLS announced today that Marco Pappa’s week 3 bomb against San Jose was voted the AT&T Goal of the Year.  Pappa managed to defy all adds and beat out the ballot stuffing, bot-voting fans in Seattle who only managed to get one goal named... Read more »
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Rosters Expand, Unlimited Homegrown Players & More

Don Garber announced today that MLS rosters will expand from 24 to 30 in 2011.  Similar to seasons past, the final six spots on the roster are limited to players under the age of 25 and will not count against the salary cap.  The cap will also increase from $2.55 million to $2.67 million.  Other... Read more »