Archive for February 2011

Fire Face Cuts Ahead of March 1 Roster Deadline

WIth the MLS roster compliance deadline less than 24 hours away the Fire will have several cuts to make in order to meet the thirty man roster limit on March 1.  Currently the team has 21 signed players, 2 draft choices, and 12 trialists still available.  The signed players : GK : Sean Johnson, Jon... Read more »

Fire - Sounders Highlights

Here’s a pretty decent highlight video from yesterday’s Fire v Sounders preseason match.  Check it out here.

Klopas Speaks on PreSeason and More

I spoke to Frank Klopas yesterday about a number of topics before the Fire played New York in two exhibition matches in Florida.  Klopas cited the general positive attitude surrounding the team as an encouraging sign early in camp.  “The second phase has been very good as far as what we’ve planned for and what... Read more »
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Fire Show Improvement in New York Exhibitions

The Fire brass have to be happier after today’s twin bill against the New York Red Bulls than they were following the team’s first effort last week against a local college side.  While pre-season results aren’t really an important part of judging the roster at this point, the Fire got both results and several impressive individual... Read more »

Roster Trimmed Ahead of Wednesday Exhibition v New York

The Fire trimmed the training camp roster to 33 remaining players (21 signed players, 2 draft picks, and 10 trialists) today after cutting draft choice Amani Walker and trialists Jordan Seabrook, Eric Ustruck, Evan Schwartz, Fabian Burbano, Anderson Costa, and Jocian Bento. Tunisian Nadir Taider has been identified as one of the new trialists and interestingly... Read more »

Fire Announce Diego Chaves As Second International Striker Signing

  The Fire finally revealed the identity of the second international striker today, and his name is Diego Chaves.  At 5′-10″ and 150 lbs. Chaves isn’t exactly a prototypical target forward but the Fire are hopeful that he can fill the #9 spot that is currently up for grabs.  Chaves played briefly with Uruguayan teammate... Read more »
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Fire Draw 2-2 in First Result of 2011

The Fire can’t be too happy with a 2-2 draw with Florida Gulf Coast University on Thursday night.  The game was played in three thirty minute halves and featured most of the trialists on the pitch as the Fire relinquished a two goal lead after the first sixty minutes. Here’s the Fire line-up: Sean Johnson... Read more »

Training Notes and More

Training Phase 2 The Fire are currently in Ave Maria, Florida for Phase 2 of training camp while apparently continuing to look at as many available players as possible.  On top of the eight additional trialists the team is also hoping to add an Eastern European attacking midfielder.  The first competitive match of the pre-season will... Read more »

More Trialists Released and More Come In

Before departing for Phase 2 of pre-season training in Florida the Fire announced the release of trialists Nate Weiss, Graham Dugoni, Pedro Chicarelli, Leonardo, Matt Glaeser and Amadou Sanyang. They have also added new trialists Shane Clark, Gabriel Ferrari, Jordan Seabrook, Evan Schwarz, Joachim Bendu, Orr Barouch, and two additional yet unnamed players.  There are... Read more »
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Complete Fire/MLS 2011 Schedule Announced....Finally

MLS has finally released the 2011 schedule with a whopping five weeks to go before First Kick.  Some highlights of the Fire’s schedule include: First Kick on Saturday March 19 at Dallas Christening PGE Park in Portland on Thursday April 14 Christening the new stadium in Kansas City on Thursday June 9 Great Chicago Fire... Read more »