Archive for November 2011

MLS Releases Re-Entry Draft List & More

MLS Re-Entry Draft Major League Soccer has released the full list of players who will be available via the Re-Entry Draft on December 5 and December 12.  The list includes a few interesting names including Bobby Boswell, Santino Quaranta, Dasan Robinson, Peter Lowry, Arturo Alvarez, Andy Williams, Bobby Convey, Nate Jaqua, and John Thorrington.  Since the... Read more »

Klopas Set To Depart For Euro Mission

Frank Klopas is set to depart for a European scouting mission this weekend and I had a chance to catch up with him to discuss a wide range of Fire related topics.  Here’s a Q&A with the Fire’s head coach that sheds a little bit of light on what should be another interesting offseason. Are... Read more »

Husidic, Conway, Dufty Exit

The Fire announced today that Baggio Husidic, Jon Conway, and Alec Dufty will not have their options exercised and will be made available in the MLS Re-Entry draft on December 5 and 12.  The exit of Conway and Dufty leaves the Fire with no back-up goalkeeper for Sean Johnson currently on the first team roster. ... Read more »
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2012 Home Opener Set for March 24

The Fire will open the 2012 home season at Toyota Park on Saturday, March 24.  The upcoming season will begin on March 10 so it’s possible that Chicago will start the campaign with two road matches leading up to the home opener.  Start times and opponents have yet to be finalized. As the league still... Read more »

Pappa to Holland Rumors Resurface

Rumors of an impending transfer for the Fire’s Guatemalan midfielder have been floated around for some time now but one possible destination that keeps resurfacing is the Dutch Eredivisie.  Specifically FC Twente.  According to this report from Goal.com’s Spanish site, the Fire are involved in negotiations with Twente regarding a transfer during the upcoming January... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Fire fans! Enjoy good food, good family, and good fun. I’m thankful no Fire players got picked in yesterday’s Expansion Draft. I’m also thankful to be able to contribute to a great site like Fire Confidential. Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday.   -Jeff
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Fire's Protected 11 - MLS Expansion Draft

The Fire’s list of eleven “protected” players doesn’t really contain any surprises and was relatively easy to figure out from spots 1-9.  Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko, Sebastian Grazzini, Marco Pappa, Logan Pause, Gonzalo Segares, Jalil Anibaba, Cory Gibbs, and Sean Johnson seemed to be no-brainers to me.  The last two spots which the Fire used... Read more »

MLS Announces 2012 Format Changes

Major League Soccer’s Board of Governor’s has announced some big changes to the playoff format for the 2012 season.  Here are the highlights: The MLS Cup Final will no longer be played at a predetermined neutral site.  The team with the higher regular season point total will now host the Final. The Montral Impact will... Read more »

Carr v Barrett Mega Showdown Spoiled

Okay…so the headline is a bit tongue in cheek but just when we thought we’d see two former maligned Fire strikers starting against each other in an MLS Cup Final the count is down to one.  Chad Barrett will miss the season’s final match after suffering a dislocated ankle during training last week. That leaves... Read more »
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Monday Misc. Notes and Links

Here are a few stories of interest before MLS Cup this coming weekend and the expansion draft a week from Wednesday on November 23.  Note Pad Sales In Mexico To Increase Former Fire head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has surfaced again after departing from Once Caldas in Colombia.  He’s now in charge of Puebla FC... Read more »