Random Off Season Thoughts

  • The Fire return to the Toyota Park practice field today for two weeks of post season training.  It should be interesting to see who's on the pitch and and who's on the sideline with De Los Cobos' training staff. 
  • Krzysztof Krol is apparently done with the Fire.  Most observers have expected that his loan would not be renewed in 2011 and his wife, Patrycja Mikula was busy tweeting these gems over the weekend......

    Big news to all of my husbands fans. He's officially no longer a Chicago Fire player!!! We are both so happy that he will play in Europe

    And.....
    In the next 2011 year! We will be moving very soon!!! I'll keep u all posted!!! Best players play in Europe xx

  • I found myself rooting for Real Salt Lake in Dallas over the weekend just because of the incredibly weak crowd in attendance at Pizza Hut Park.  MLS will have to address that problem sooner or later.
  • My pick for the MLS Cup winner is in a bit of a hole.  Javier Morales picked up a second yellow card on Saturday and will miss the second leg in Utah.  Dallas will have some issues too.  Atiba Harris was shown a straight red and Milton Rodirguez was forced out of the match with a groin injury.
  • The Rapids beat Columbus 1-0 in Colorado but may ending up wishing they had padded the lead going into game 2.  The Crew are tough to beat at home and may have dodged a bullet getting out of the first leg down just 1-0.
  • San Jose and Jon Busch are in trouble after losing at home 1-0 to the Red Bulls.  Joel Lindpere continues to show why he's been the real MVP of that team.
  • Seattle lost to Los Angeles 1-0 at home last night in front of a huge crowd.  Freddie Ljungberg was reportedly not in attendance in Seattle. 

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  • RSL v FCD was a great game to watch. lots of back & forth positive soccer from both teams

    LA v Seattle was a good first half, but LA was satisfied with their 1-0 lead and did little in the 2nd half to try to extend that lead. seattle just couldnt get that final touch thru the whole game, and montero seemed to have an off night. and WTF was nfuko thinking trying to kick the ball out of the keepers hands?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    RSL and FCD might be the two best teams.

    Boring soccer is LA's style. Once they get a lead, they will do all they can to sit on it.

  • In reply to cesba:

    thats why i am rooting for RSL, FCD, or even *choke* NYRB to win over LAG

  • In reply to cesba:

    I liked Krol. That being said, when he played, he did so with commitment and zeal. However, something in the chemistry (team/coaching/something) wasn't right and/or his confidence took a nose-dive: then, once that happened later in the season, when he did see minutes, he didn't do what was needed.
    He seemed to be the sort of guy that could punch above his weight if he knew that everyone was behind him (motivationally, that is). But when he felt he was out there on his own, or his confidence was damaged, he played thoughtlessly--and his weaknesses were evident to most. It is unfortunate that we didn't have a coach with whom he could click, as I think he still could have been a great part of the 2011 Fire.

    His wife is just sticking up for him and helping his ego/confidence--it's just human nature. I don't agree with her statements nor sentiments, but no biggie. I hope things go well for him in his professional (and personal) future.

  • In reply to giaco:

    I thought Krol did a decent job when he was out there. He wasn't great but wasn't bad either.

    There's nothing wrong with his spouse sticking up for him, but if the belief is that he's going to go back to Europe and cash in on some mega contract because he's better than MLS...well that may be a bit over-ambititous.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Dallas has never drawn well. But they were really snakebit on Saturday. In addition to college football, they were up against the Dallas area's first ever World Series game. Hats off to the people that showed up. They're true fans.

    I don't think Krol will be missed.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Good point on the World Series in Texas. I forgot about that....along with everyone else outside of San Francisco and Texas.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i remember watching a game in mid-summer where they maybe had 2000 fans show up?

    saturdays game was actually a decent showing for them, esp when you consider the other factors (rangers world series, longhorns home game)

    that being said, they have way too good of a team in relation to their overall fan support

  • In reply to cesba:

    Alumni Update

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/11/frankowski-soumare-score

  • In reply to cesba:

    Puerto Rico Islanders win USSF D-2 title. Former Fire, Osei Telesford plays for the Islanders.

    http://www.ussoccer.com/News/USSF-D2-Pro-League/2010/10/Puerto-Rico-Islanders-Win-2010-USSF-D2-Championship-31-on-Aggregate.aspx

  • In reply to cesba:

    Congratulations to the Puerto Rico Islanders, well deserved. Colin Clarke is perfect guy for that team and has that team playing great soccer and a bright future. Will Colin Clarke's name be surface as a MLS coach candidate for this year or down the road?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I would think he would have to get some consideration somewhere.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Thank You CJ event at The Pitch on November 9.

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/10/thank-you-cj-0

    RSVP and you can win a pair of supporter's season tickets.

    Coquito,
    That may solve your problems ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    Nice to see the Dipsy update. I forgot about him.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think we need to take our minds off these player moves and other non-important issues and focus our energy on the real issue: the return of the Chicago flag 3rd jersey. How can we get this done? Is there a petition we can sign? Can we still added it to the November ballot? I am a rabid fan of the jersey that greats others wearing said Puma shirt to TP with the saltiest look anyone has received since Luis Arroyave conducted his last interview with Denis Hamlett! I will be looking for my "Jersey" update, Guillermo, and I don't mean anything involving Snooki or a Situation.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I'm a big fan of that jersey too. It would be great to see a return in a new Adidas version.

    I can guarantee you that you will never see anything involving Snooki or the Situation posted on Fire Confidential. I get the itch to pull an "Elvis" and shoot the television every time one of those dopes poisons my eyesight with an appearance.

  • In reply to cesba:

    ROFL!!!! right on that

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Krol another loss. Ugh next year will be ugly.

  • In reply to Danel605:

    hey we got plenty of midfielders

    no strikers or defenders tho...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Maybe Nery Castillo will be HUGE next year ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    Jenny Craig HUGE?

    The biggest impact he had on the pitch this season was the imprint he left from standing in one place too long. Can't imagine next near will be different.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I want 2011 to be huge for the Chicago Fire and us as fans.
    It wont happen with Carlos de los Cobus as the Head Coach.
    Look what Hans has done with the Red Bulls in one year.
    Owner and management need to wake up and relize that Carlos is
    not the right guy to coach the fire. He had the chance and "blew it"

  • In reply to cesba:

    In case you want to see maybe the last of Wilman Conde in a Fire uniform, here is a Volkswagon promo with Conde and some guy to show kids how to celebrate goals:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1zwvsZrzvg&feature=channel

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Why do they have a defender showing how to celebrate goals? I know defenders score from time-to-time, but a full-on, all-out goal celebration? Seriously? The craziest celebration I've ever seen from a Fire defender was Dasan ripping off his jersey after completing the come-back with a go-ahead goal in stoppage time to reveal a "Jesus Loves You" shirt, earning him his second yellow and subsequent red card. I still think that was a bit of a douche move by that ref, though.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Removing your shirt is an automatic yellow in any league. He pretty much had to show it.

    An instructional video on collecting needless yellow cards may have been more appropriate for Conde this year.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Will the refs give any players a yellow card for "Toot the Boot" celebration? LOL!!!

  • In reply to Danel605:

    Segares is a better player than Krol when healthy so left back is an area that shouldn't be that big a concern. Loss of depth however will be an issue if no suitable replacement is signed.

  • In reply to cesba:

    He is rarely healthy, and he was not better then Krol this year. Sega will now be on the downside of his career, Krol was on the upside. Krol is exactly the type of guy we should be building our team with, I am sad to see him go, instead we get Umanzor.

  • In reply to milicz:

    You are correct. He was not better than Krol this year but he's still only 28 so he has several good years left.

  • In reply to milicz:

    Fire video interview with CJ Brown

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/11/cj-brown-clears-out-his-locker

  • In reply to milicz:

    A LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE
    It's hard to put in words the disgust and disappointment I have for the Fire organization.
    I don't know how many received the e-mail " A LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE" stating that
    three Fan Relations staff (Erika Heaney, Julie Jawor, and Krista Stoddard) have been released.
    Reading this message and seeing the results on the field, one can only conclude that the Fire
    is being run by amateurs and morons.The only reason I re-newed for next season was that Julie convinced me to give the Fire another chance, it certainly wasn't due to the way the team was going.
    Julie lived and breathed the Fire, always helpful and courteous.
    I don't know how the organization can expect fan loyalty when they don't show it to their own employees. The Fire should be ashamed as an organization, if the Fan Relations office fell below expectations, it is the result of front office failures and poor play, not due to lack of effort of the Fan
    Relations office.
    If this is a glimpse of the future for the Fire it certainly doesn't look promising.
    I wish I could share this with Hauptman and Posada, but I doubt they take the interest
    and lack the balls to look at Chicago Fire Confidential.
    They need to know the frustration the fans are feeling.
    If there are others feeling the same way contact the FansRelations office.
    If they call this a move towards the future, they're clueless.
    It's the quality of players and play that will bring in the fans.
    Ron Stone
    lonecoyote@ameritech.net

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    lonecoyote,

    I received the email as well today and will have some thoughts on this shortly.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Good Points lonecoyote. I feel a lot like you do about
    The Chicago- Fire front office. You might also share your comment with a post on fire@chicago-fire.com.
    It looks like they are bringinging back Carlos de los Cobos
    so we can expect another disaster in 2011.
    It is a shame the Red Bulls can bring in a coach who makes an immediate impact and turns the team arround and is now a strong contender for the 2010 MSL Cup. Here in Chicago we have Mr. Excuses and under achiever Carlos de los Cobus.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    At the same time, I don't want the Fire to be hiring and firing coaches every single year like DC United or Toronto FC. Both of those teams have no direction, no future and players have less amount of interest if a franchise keep changing coaches and have no identity. It is very rare that any team could had done with the Red Bulls have done. It takes time for players to adjust a certain system.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Spell check problems galore! Of course I meant to say "Can we still add it to the Novemeber ballot" and "...greets others wearing..." I'm an engineer not an English teacher. :/

  • In reply to cesba:

    FC Dallas stadium is in middle no where, their attendance has been brutal for the past couple of years and attendance in Saturday's game between Columbus and Colorado was pathetic as well.

  • In reply to cesba:

    My MLS Cup Final pick was Los Angeles and New York; I pick the Galaxy to win it all. The player to watch out for in the playoffs is Joel Lindpere (most underrated MLS player).

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Everyone seems to think he's the most underrated in player in the league...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    "In the next 2011 year! We will be moving very soon!!! I'll keep u all posted!!! Best players play in Europe xx"

    uhhh someone tell her the polish league isn't exactly the EPL. i'd say the MLS ranks right up there with the other top division euro leagues other than the big 4 of english, spanish, italian, and german (MLS mite even rank close in quality to the german bundesliga)

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    There are alot of mediocre players in Europe too.

  • In reply to cesba:

    just take castillo for example. 20 million man a few years ago in ukraine, and he can't even sniff the field in MLS

    europe just has the money from being longer established leagues. as MLS continues to grow (a world cup in the US will give another big boost IMO) the money will be there and MLS will become the 5th top soccer league and actually begin to attract some top players in their prime rather than in their 30s

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