Archive for January 2011

Fire Add Percovich to Coaching Staff

The Fire have added former Uruguayan international Leo Percovich to the coaching staff as first assistant to Carlos De Los Cobos.  Percovich was most recently an assistant to Preki at Toronto FC and Chivas USA while also acting as the Colorado Rapids goalkeepers coach in 2006-2007.  Percovich fills the spot vacated by Mike Matkovich after... Read more »

Fire Add Midfielder and Central Defender

The Fire have announced the signings of former Carolina Railhawks midfielder Daniel Paladini and Croation central defender Josip Mikulic.  Paladini is a 2 time USL Best XI player who excels on free kicks and Mikulic joins the team from NK Zagreb.  Paladini, 26 and Mikulic, 24 along with Cory Gibbs are presumably the first of... Read more »

Looking At 2011 - Klopas on the Draft and More

Frank Klopas and the Fire technical staff are currently in Florida for the MLS Combine ahead of the draft on January 13 but Klopas feels the Fire have a pretty good handle on which players they’re interested in right now.  “These players have been off for a few months so it’s tough to judge guys... Read more »

Open Tryouts Start Today

The Fire are holding their annual open tryouts at the Bridgeview Sports Dome today and tomorrow.  The Sun-Times’ Len Ziehm has a short preview here and HotTimeInOldTown has a look at the tryout format here.  The Fire are also providing tryout coverage here.  With 209 players participating and travellers coming from as far as China and... Read more »

Section 8 Donates Over $10K to Charity

I really wanted to post a link to this story on it’s own rather than link it in the comments section of a particular post since I think it really illustrates why the supporter’s culture in soccer is different than the fan culture of the “big four” sports in the US.  The ISA donated over... Read more »

Have Your Say #1 - Shortpasses

The transfer window is now open and the next two weeks should be very active at 7000 S. Harlem.  The MLS combine takes place from January 8-11 in Florida ahead of the SuperDraft on the 13th in Baltimore and the Fire need to begin filling the open spots on the roster now, but before any... Read more »