Archive for May 2011

Klopas Takes Over As Interim Coach

Frank Klopas wrapped up his first training session as the “interim head coach” of the Chicago Fire this morning by answering questions regarding the immediate future and direction of the team after yesterday’s dismissal of Carlos De Los Cobos.  Klopas explained that the move was a “soccer decision” and was not an easy move to make... Read more »

De Los Cobos Released - Klopas To Take Over On The Bench

The Chicago Fire have fired head coach Carlos De Los Cobos after 41 games at the helm in just over one season.  A disappointing May that appeared promising at first glance was apparently the last opportunity for De Los Cobos to maintain his position for the rest of the campaign.  Technical Director Frank Klopas will assume the coaching duties... Read more »

Fire 2 Earthquakes 2 - Recap and Ratings

Another day, another draw.  With the season roughly one-third of the way complete the Fire have managed only one MLS victory.  That in and of itself isn’t the most frustrating part of the campaign to date.  The gnawing part is that the Fire really haven’t played all that badly as a whole thoughout the first... Read more »
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Fire v Earthquakes Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Segares, Cuesta, Gibbs, Ristic M Pappa, Paladini, Pause, Oduro F Chaves, Nazirit Bench : Conway, Pantazopoulos, Robinson, Bone, Husidic, Barouch, Puerari Earthquakes GK Busch D Convey, Hernandez, Opara, Beitashour M Corales, Stephenson, Ring, Gjertsen F Lenhart, Wondolowski Bench : Weber, Burling, McDonald, Ampaipitakwong, Cronin, Morrow, McLoughlin

Fire v Earthquakes Match Preview

The Fire is hoping that Tuesday’s penalty kick victory over the Earthquakes will serve as a spring board to a reversal of fortunes.  Despite advancing to the US Open Cup tournament for a fourteenth consecutive season the Fire are still winless in their last eight MLS regualr season matches.  After a difficult start of the... Read more »

Have Your Say : This Day In 1981

FireStingDoug looks back at May 27, 1981: “The Sting travelled north of the border to Toronto to face the Blizzard at Exhibition Stadium, the site of the 1981 Soccer Bowl.  Their six game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the second worst team in the league by a score of 3-1. ... Read more »
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Fire 3 Earthquakes 2 (PKs) - US Open Cup

The Fire broke what seemed like a season long winless drought with a dramatic victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.  The victor was decided after an additional thirty minutes of play and six penalty kick rounds.  Daniel Paladini converted the deciding kick as Scott Sealy missed his chance for San Jose.  The victory ensured the... Read more »

US Open Cup Play In Tuesday

The Fire will need a win tonight to avoid missing the knock out stages of US Open Cup play for the first time ever in franchise history.  This game, along with the previous win against Colorado are considered “play in” games and not part of the tournament proper.  San Jose manager Frank Yallop says he’s going... Read more »

Monday News and Notes

A round up of some of today’s headlines: Gold Cup Marco Pappa has been called up for the Guatemalan National team so it is likely that he will miss most of the Fire’s games in June.  Seattle 6/4, at Kansas City 6/9, at Columbus 6/12, at New England 6/18, and Real Salt Lake on 6/22... Read more »
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Have Your Say : This Day in 1981

Multiple games in less than one week’s time was commonplace in the old NASL.  FireStingDoug reflects on a match with the Seattle Sounders on May 23, 1981. “Seattle came to town and paid a visit to Comiskey Park where 10,929 fans saw the Sting emerge victorious 3-1.  The Sounders led the league in total points... Read more »