Fire Reserves Stay Unbeaten

The Fire stayed unbeaten in the MLS Reserve League after a 5-0 thumping of FC Dallas at the Toyota Park practice field this morning.  Cristian Nazirit scored a hat trick while Orr Barouch added a brace against a mostly young and inexperienced Dallas side that featured very few of the regular players for the Hoops.  Dallas controlled possession early in the first half before Nazirit opened the scoring and Barouch was awarded a penalty kick in stoppage time. 

The match saw the home side utilize several trialists and academy players as well.  Lyle Martin, a 26 year old right back previously plying his trade in China and Dado Hamzagic, a 25 year old Bosnian center mid and product of Chicago Fire Premier made their Reserve League debuts.  Martin Rivas who has been with the team all season as a trialist and Academy players Brady Wahl and Peter Beasley also saw action.

Here's one very interesting idea on how to maximize the development of the Reserve League by joining forces with the NASL. 

Fire Lose Out In Lottery

The Fire were one of four teams involved in a weighted lottery for University of Michigan freshman forward Soony Saad.  Sporting Kansas City won the rights to his contract over the Fire, Portland, and Chivas USA.


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  • so what do you think of the red headed wonder's(lalas) comments about the state of officiating in the league right now? you think garber will finally stop worrying about a second team in the NY area and worry about the officiating?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    What did Lalas say? I missed it.
    As for Garber and his continued insistence and attempt to shoehorn a second team into New York....I don't think the officiating will stop him from that. He seems determined to create an artificial rivalry that only one city will care about. Difficult to do when most of the city doesn't care about the one team they do have.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:


    I don't know why the Don doesn't try to increase the geographic footprint of the league.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    here ya go:

    "I mean, this was the worst refereeing job - definitely this year and probably in history," said ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas. "Absolutely horrible."

    "When you see (RSL coach) Jason Kreiss on the sideline with his counterpart, (New England coach) Steve Nicol, go over to him after (RSL) has been awarded a penalty kick and propose, 'Why don't we walk off because this is so horrible?' - this is the situation MLS is in right now," Lalas said.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    That performance by Yader Reyes on Monday was a joke. Worst in history? Lalas does like to overstate things every now and then.....

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    It's crazy to get another team in NY! Like someone said already the RB'
    s have some big name players and still don't draw well!
    How about getting some MLS teams in the SE like Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Memphis etc???

    I would love a 2 tiered league like in Europe where the 2 bottom teams get relegated to the B league and the top 2 come up to the A league!

    The disconnect with the USL is stupid, as is the disconnect in developing young talent now from high school on up.
    As Lalas said, no young talent that he sees replacing Donovan and Dempsey in the near future!!! Very sad! :-(

  • In reply to smiley:

    unless you think you can convince owners to invest in a team that may end up being in tier 2 the very next season, its silly to think there will be relegation in American soccer

    would relegation/promotion be cool? sure. but its wishful thinking for now, and for the forseeable future.

  • In reply to smiley:

    The disconnect with USL is silly, but lower level leagues haven't done themselves any favors in terms of organization and stability either. I think we're seeing the approach to developing young talent changing now with the strengthening of academies and youth teams in a manner that is more similar to the way clubs across the pond develop talent. It's just going to take a while.

    We will never see promotion/relegation in our life times. Just isn't gonna happen. It's one of those conversations that I think is just fruitless. Not that I think it's not a good's just not going to happen.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    It isn't going to happen because promotion/relegation doesn't work in the United States and it is all about the dollar. If relegation is enforced in MLS, the league doesn't want to see the big market teams in a dismal year compete with small market teams that draw 5,000 people.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Quick analysis on the 20th MLS franchise propsal:

    Memphis: Absoultely not. Memphis had a soccer a team in the old NASL days but it failed miserably. See the Grizzilies NBA franchise.

    Charlotte: Not happening....perfect in the NASL Div 2

    Florida teams: I can't see that happening anytime soon because the Mutiny and the Fusion folded due to financial and attendance reasons 10 years ago. Maybe 10-15 years down the road pending how the league progresses.

    Atlanta: No Thank You

    Las Vegas and Phoenix: too humid

    My answer is St. Louis, Minnesota or Milwaukee should be the 20th franchise if they find a buyer and willing to have a soccer stadium in the works.

  • Garber is a marketing man, not a soccer man.
    Probably most avid soccer fans know more about
    soccer than he does.
    Most of his career was spent in the NFL,
    They should rename the Red Bull, Cosmos and be done with it.
    I could see another team in N.Y. if Red Bull drew as much as Seattle.
    They barely outdraw the Fire while having several marque players
    The League should move south and possibly to St. Louis,
    with a built in rivalry between the Fire, Nonsporting KC, and St Louis.
    When they named Garber as commisioner I thought the league could have made better choices than him.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Garber isn't a "soccer" guy but I think he's done a pretty good job overall. If you get a chance read some of the things written about his role in helping the league recover from near financial ruin less than a decade ago and you may appreciate what he's done a little more. He's been right with a majority of his decisions although I disagree with his position on the second New York team.

  • Gosh how we can't buy a win...make the unbeaten reserves our starting 11 for a few games...what the heck could we lose! :-)

  • Regarding the refs, isn't there a review/ranking of the referees maintained by US Soccer? Is that ever made public? Also, MLS has no control over the selection/retention of the referees because US Soccer is required to supply referees. Again, this goes to Sunil Gulati and his ineptitude at the top of US Soccer.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    USsoccer does publish occasional reviews of individual calls made by referees but there is no public forum or published report that shows how each ref is graded.

  • Sunil Gulati is a Big Zero and disappointment for
    US Soccer and needs to be replaced with someone that is more competent.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    I would love to see Klinsmann to have full control of the USSF over Gulati's because his inept system is not working. They need a change in personnel to teach young players how it is done. 18 million kids are participating in soccer programs and they can't produce more Donovan's and at least a Messi type player.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    You are right on I think Juergen Klinsmann would be "Good For US Soccer" .

  • also i forgot to add, anybody think garber is going to fine lalas for his comments made about the officiating?
    i do agree that promotion/relegation would be cool but in the USA it will never work.
    any news on possible player signings so we can get them up to speed and not have to wait until late august for them to play?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Lalas doesn't work for the league as a coach or GM anymore...he's employed by ESPN as an analyst.

    I'll continue to ask about possible additions when I get a chance to speak to parties involved in the process.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    the lalas getting fined was a joke. i know he can't get fined but the way that garber is fining players and coaches for calling out bad performances by the refs is a joke. has he ever thought that some of the criticism may be right and he should look into it and try to improve the quality of officiating instead of defending it?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I know there are people out there who would like to see ESPN fined for putting Lalas on the air. ;)

  • The Fire have used the NASL by loaning out KWS to Tampa to get some experience. Hopefully it works out and he comes back a better player.

    Stop worrying about a 2nd NY team; it is not happening anytime soon. The only person really interested in owning the team were the Wilpons. After all the lawsuits related to the Madoff scandal, he's not going to have the money or the desire to buy an MLS franchise. He can barely control the Mets as it is.

  • In reply to eamuscatuli72:

    That's the frustrating part about the NY2 conversation. The Wilpons were Garber's best chance to make it happen but he continues to publicly state that the league is looking to make the second New York team happen despite the financial issues you mentioned. He seems determined to shoe horn them in as the 20th team.

  • Marketing news regarding the Fire's use of text messaging in order to reach fans......

    A quote from the article......
    “Sports fans in general want information as soon as possible, but we noticed soccer fans wanting even more access to the team,” said Jessica Nolivos, marketing coordinator at the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Bridgeview, IL.

    Of course giving fans access to the team via radio programming with match broadcasts, pre and post game show call-ins, and actual conversation can't beat a good text message when you want to stay on the minds of your customers. ;)

  • Fun with the Opta Chalkboard.....

  • Right now, US Soccer is so clearly an old boys club that it needs new faces badly. Gulati's actions ragarding Jack Warner's tenure as the head of CONCACAF are sufficient grounds to raise doubts as to why the structure of US Soccer should not be revisited. They just spent millions of dollars putting together a recommended training/principles program to develop soccer players. If you look at what they put together, it is so regimented, so skill specific at each age level, and basically designed to remove any creativity out of a youth player's blood system that he/she will be running to basketaball before age 10. That's their idea of development, a uniformed training module that the entire nation should use. Let's see, what happens when everyone playes the same way: we get creamed when we play against other countries who do different things because our kids didn't grow up being allowed to see that type of player. Way to Sunil, how much did you pay for that?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    While I'm generally a fan of Bradley as a coach I can agree that the USMNT needs and HAS needed a fresh take since the WC ended last year. A new approach is probably a good idea behind the bench and at the top.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    How about Klinsmann taking over the Fire.
    Actually, he would be a great choice to head US soccer, giving it a fresh perspective.
    I agree with you Krasov about the US team playing out of a text book
    with little creativity.
    I don't blame Bradley for this as this has been a problem for many years.
    This lack of creative playing takes me back (many years ago) to my
    years as an AYSO coach. In my area, most of the coaches didn';t know much about soccer (probably many didn't see a game prior to AYSO) but a lot about american football.
    As a coach I stressed giving the kids a solid understanding of soccer,
    encouraged them to watch soccer (mainly on Spanish tv back then),
    focused on 1,2,3, touch soccer, passing, running off the ball, etc.
    Of course it takes time for kids to get the hang of this but if a kid can learn drbbling he can get the rudiments of 1,2,3, touch soccer and
    Each year when I took over a new team when I started talking about a wall pass or give and go, or 1,2,3, touch soccer the new players looked at me like I was the man in the moon.
    I had to wonder about the quality of the coaching they received outside of dribbling.
    I don't know know if this experience was particular to my area
    So, I,m not shocked that the US displays the lack of creative play
    Soccer is fluid motion, dynamic, creative and opportunistic and anyone that doesn't understand that shouldn't be coaching or making decisions about training.

  • GR, I don't like this new format, are there any options to change view so it's more like the way?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I'm not a big fan of the new look either. The new features along the right rail are nice but the site itself isn't aethestically enjoyable to read. It's a work in progress and ChicagoNow will listen to suggestions but unfortunately there is no "view change" option.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I like the looks of the sidebar too. Can't understand why it required making the site harder to read and navigate though. And why do the comments need to run in reverse order?!?

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I'm told the comments section will be revised and improved in the coming weeks.

  • Philadelphia has traded starting left back Jordan Harvey to Vancouver for allocation money.

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