Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Here's hoping that you all have a safe and happy holiday......and if you didn't get everything you were hoping for, don't forget the transfer window opens in January.

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  • Happy Holidays Everyone.
    A special thanks to you Guillermo for all of your hard
    work and efforts in keeping us all informed.
    Hopping for a Great 2011 Chicago Fire Season.

  • Merry Christmas to all my fellow fire fans and a big thank you to G for a great year of soccer coverage.

  • Happy Christmas Guillermo. I hope you spent it well with your family.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Hope you had a great Christmas too Giaco!

  • Merry Christmas to all. I love it when I see people say Merry Christmas , the media is trying to outlaw the words Merry Christmas but they will never win.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    merry Xmas Doug.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    Guillermo, Cant you invent a rumor or two, for the love of god, I'm suffering football withdrawal pains here. It seems the Fire are in most need but are the least active. if Morales rumor is for real the Fire front office is caught n a time warp and we are in for an awful year. The expansion teams are in better shape than we are.

  • In reply to Celt:

    The Morales rumor is bunk. Things will heat up after the first of the year.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Guillermo, For years I have been hearing how progressive the Fire is when it comes to youth development. I notice Dallas and other teams, even Phillie, have more youth signings to the MLS team, more players on the national youth teams, and more real and potential signings of players from their academy that can be removed from the College Draft and claimed as home grown. Indeed, the fire seems well down the list of successful youth programs in terms of the only criteria that counts, signings. Have we been getting a snow job all these years, all spin and little substance?

  • In reply to Celt:

    celt, don't be lazy on the stats end, you can get those off of the Fire's page about the academy--I won't provide the link.....I'm tto lazy :P

    The Fire's academy has done very well in competitions and call-ups. The reason you haven't seen more signing sout of it though is that the Fire's first team technical staff isn't going to sign someone just to do so. Victor is/was ready for the transition, and ould get first team time very soon. We'll really see how that pans out with the return of the reserve league this coming season. A few other teams have decent academies--Dallas and Vancouver (most notably), and have signed players from there to bolster their line-ups.
    To me though, a lot of it feels a bit like the nuclear arms race or outer space exploration...first to say 'we were there, we did that' sort of thing, you know?

  • In reply to giaco:

    Giaco, I read that stuff but winning silverware is not the object. DC, NYRB, Houston, Dallas, Revs all appear to have more national team players and more academy players of real potential than the Fire. E

  • In reply to Celt:

    Celt,

    That's a good point and definitely one of the questions that I have for Klopas, if I can ever get him to sit down and answers some questions in between scouting trips.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Was going to prattle on but an errant finger posted that so will go back to watching EPL. Not convinced the hype over the years matches the reality

  • In reply to Celt:

    geez, I am a lazy typer some days and my speling and spacing can be waaaaaay of.

    geesh.

  • In reply to Celt:

    That's my department!!
    JCO's drag name is Kitty Kitty Bang Bang...
    Klopas likes Ketchup on his Gyros...
    and Banner can't pull up his shorts until he puts his socks and cleats first.
    Hopefully that will tie you down until after New Year.

    Happy Holidays to Everybody!!! Protein shakes with a little Eggnog y'all!!

  • In reply to Celt:

    Simon Borg : Celtic may be looking to add Ljungberg and Dwayne DeRosario.......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/celtic-eyeing-move-dwayne-de-rosario

  • In reply to Celt:

    An udpate on Season Ticket Sales from the Fire........

    http://ht.ly/3uMIO

    I'd prefer an update on a player acquisition or two.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Lamer than a mustard sandwich on wonder bread.
    My interview would go something like "really Mike, really??"
    Fans don't mind discounts? Really?
    Fans already signed up for 2011 in an alarming rate? Really?
    There is now a waiting list for season tickets? Really?
    Really? Really?

  • In reply to cesba:

    oft injured harry kewell also possible future MLS player
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/25321-harry-kewell-would-give-mls-a-further-boost-of-credibility

  • In reply to cesba:

    would be nice, but i don't see it happening. i really don't see how they can make next year's team a championship contender unless that invest a butt load of cash into player signings.

  • In reply to Celt:

    2014 could be a BIG year for MLS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=goal-milanstrikerzlatanibrahimov

    also nicholas anelka contract expires in 2014 and he wants to play in MLS too

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I'm still convinced 2056 will be a great year for the MLS...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    There are much better ways of courting Ben Gay and Depends as sponsors for thr the league...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Dick move by DeRosario........

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/despite-tfc-denials-de-rosario-trains-celtic

  • In reply to cesba:

    you are what you eat Rosario....

  • In reply to cesba:

    Here's this year's Generation Adidas class......

    http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=goal-reportmlsreleasesgeneration

    Perry Kithcen is on the list.

  • In reply to cesba:

    MLSsoccer calls Posada's hiring the most underreported story of 2010.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/posadas-hiring-underreported-story-year

  • In reply to cesba:

    Ljungberg looking for about 2 mill at Celtic.....

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/editor-s-picks/ljungberg-may-seek-1-5m-cash-carrot-1.1077005

  • Merry Christmas all - great job this year, Guillermo!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Thanks Redline!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/857786?cc=5901

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    If Freddie does go to Celtic then we will have so much cap space that we could sign anyone that we want...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    We'll see what sort of monetary offer Celtic makes Ljungberg. I'm pretty sure it won't be the 3 mill per he's looking for.

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