Fire Sign Marko Maric

The Fire now have 23 officially "signed" players on the roster after announcing the signing of 6-2" Croatian midfielder Marko Maric.  Described as a box to box player who can fill an enforcer role if needed, Maric is the sixth international on the roster.  The other five are Pappa, Ristic, Mikulic, Chaves, and Puerari.  The Fire have two international spots remaining.

Posada to Attend Section 8's March Meeting

Fire President Julian Posada is scheduled to attend tonight's Section 8 Monthly Board Meeting at the Abbey Pub in Chicago.  Posada will field questions for about 30 minutes. 

I'd be curious to hear his thoughts on why something like this is possible in Houston but not in Chicago.

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  • If the subject is not presented, can you also ask about local tv coverage? I would love to see games on 50 or 26.

  • Oh, and, it goes without asking, the jersey sponsor and the possibility of the flag jersey instead of the plain white away jersey on mlsshop.com

  • is it true that Chicago only has 4,000 STH's? No local radio or TV outlet, no shirt sponsor, and such a low STH base suggests serious problems with the organization. And that ignores the on field product, the quality of which remains to be seen. A point of comparison will be DC, the worst team in the league last year and with a rookie coach. I'd DC finish ahead of the fire this year, even if the Fire improve from last season, Then it will be time to clear out the front office and bring in new blood, hopefully with a fire connection.

  • In reply to Celt:

    There was a report in Sports Business Journal a few days ago about the Fire's largest offseaon influx in new season ticket holders this year. They're always a bit elusive about the total STH count though.

  • In reply to Celt:

    ha....that's ok....the pic that went out with the announcement for the meeting even said "Section 8 Board Meeting"....ugh.

    It's always the guy in Ops that has to be the nit-picky, anal-retentive jerk......

  • In reply to Celt:

    The scouting report on Marko Maric is that he is listed as a holding midfielder; don't they have a holding midfielder that is so good, they named him captain of the team?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Maric is a holding mid who can play box to box from what I hear. He won't be a starter but he'll be an option if the Fire want to go with a different look in center mid depending on the opponent.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The reserve game is hardly the venue for making a clear judgment on Maric. However, with that said, he looked very good on the passing combinations in midfield. He may look big but appeared to play skillfully which isn't usually the case. Which raises this question--what is the difference between a holding and a defensive midfielder? IMO Pause is a defensive mid. GR ?????

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    The terminology for mids has gotten out of control....a defensive mid is the same as a holding mid as far as I'm concerned. Some holding mids are more defensive minded and some of the better ones can play both ways linking the back line to the attacking players.

  • In reply to Celt:

    maric only has played 9 first team games in the past 3 years? i hope he has played alot of reserve team games.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Just wondering if it's fair to ask Posada the following questions.
    1.Mr. Posada why are you still the Chicago Fire President since
    you have done next to nothing since assuming this position?

    2. Why is it that The Houston Dynamo has a Jersey Sponsor, Radio
    and Television contracts and the Chicago - Fire with a much
    larger Fan base under your direction does not as of now.

    3. Mr Posada what have you achieved since becoming The Chicago
    Fire President that the fans and community should be aware of?

    ***Just a few of many questions that Chicago Fire Fans deserve
    the answers to***
    There was a lot of hype when Mr.Posada became President, but in my humble opinion he has done "Nada" so far.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Tiger,
    I'm going to go ahead and assume you're not a fan of Posada so far.

  • In reply to Celt:

    So who got cut, who is signed. hasn't this happened already? Or is paperwork being held up by mysterious processes?

  • In reply to Celt:

    Signed Players (23) : Anibaba, Banner, Bone, Carr, Conway, Gibbs, Husidic, Johnson, Kinney, Mikulic, Nyarko, Paladini, Pappa, Pause, Pineda, Ristic, Robinson, Segares, Watson-Siriboe, Puerari, Chaves, Maric, Dufty

    Draft Picks Unsigned (1) : Davis Paul (Sam Arthur will report after graduation)

    Trialists (7) : Videira, Barouch, Yoximar, Pantazopoulos, Rivas, Muniz, Ferrari

  • In reply to cesba:

    The deadline was yesterday and yet we still have no news. How is this possible?

  • In reply to Celt:

    i think the deadline is just that teams with signed players are in compliance with the roster & salary cap rules.

    with only 23 signed players, and no DP, pretty certain the Fire have no problems there

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    You are correct Count.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Don't you think that Julian Posada has to know that there is a lot of resentment out there among Fire fans regarding the lack of communication about the team. I hope the first things he says at tonight's meeting is (1) that they have a TV schedule and will post it tomorrow, (2) the games in Charleston cannot be streamed because the Battery want people to be in the seats, and (3) that the Fire are committed to increasing media visibility by making their players and staff available ton radio, TV, and print journalists. To do this, they will be arranging weekly interviews with TV and radio sports shows so that they get increased coverage. Is it really that hard to do the simple things?

  • In reply to Celt:

    Can anybody here be sure to post up "highlights" of the Q&A with Mr. Posada? I'd love to hear what people ask him + answers. Thanks!

  • In reply to Warren:

    I'll try to make it out there.....I believe Sam is going to attend though.

  • Please note: "Section 8" is the location in the stadium. "Section 8 Chicago" or "The Independent Supporters' Association" are the terms for the organisation.

    While we're on the topic, there is no membership to Section 8 Chicago--this is because Section 8 Chicago is NOT a supporter group. If you find yourself in Section 8 at the stadium and are there to support the Fire, then you are a part of Section 8 Chicago.

    Make sense? Hope so.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Noted.....I always forget to write it that way. I know you're sensitive about it. ;)

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