Fire v Real Espana Highlights

Highlights from the Fire's 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Filed under: 2012 Pre Season

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  • Hopefully Barouch and Oduro can continue this scoring in the season. Was it Puppo who took that penalty?

  • That was indeed Puppo on the PK miss.

  • The Colorado Rapids will incorporate fan's names into their 2013 jerseys..........

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/rapids/2012/02/06/rapids-want-your-name-on-their-jerseys/21397/

  • Hard to believe that just 7 years ago the Blackhawks were PAYING for radio air time, couldn't draw flies to the United Center, and nobody was watching on television. Now......

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120207/BLOGS04/120209854/blackhawks-business-side-ranks-no-1-in-poll

    Lessons to be learned here......

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    yep

    one lesson is that success breeds success :)

    marketing is all well & good, and in the entertainment business - you want to make your event "the place to be" each weekend.

    i thnk the Fire are now going about it the right way as far as building a team. they have their players in early, they have a strategy/vision on how the team can play and the players capable of executing that strategy. and they havent put all their eggs in one basket like hoping a Nery Castillo or Freddie Ljungberg will save the team, but instead have a bunch of decent players who are hungry and have something to prove.

    at least thats how it seems to me coming into the season

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    One thing to keep in mind is that my understanding is the Blackhawks, at one point, were wildly popular in Chicago. Then Bill Wirtz did everything he could to wipe the team out. But, there was still a good chunk of the city that wanted to love that team. And just as important, the media was more than willing to embrace hockey once the team stopped making crazy boneheaded decisions. The Fire have not been embraced by the city at large nor by the heads of the sporting depts of the major print and broadcast media outlets. However, it is evident they are becoming embedded in the landscape. For example, when the new jerseys were announced, the Trib put together a humorous cartoon of the jersey being part of an old colonial looking costume. I think there is something to be said for perserverence. Time (and the numbers) is on our side.

  • In reply to Doug:

    Yep..those are excellent points. Winning makes marketing multiple times easier and the Blackhawks history was something they have called upon while resurrecting their public image. That growing sense of history with the Fire/soccer is something I've written about in the past.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/fire-confidential/2010/04/whats-the-score-part-2/

    http://www.chicagonow.com/fire-confidential/2011/01/posada-has-a-full-plate-going-into-2011-season/

  • Having Quaker sponsor the team is a huge step because Pepsi (Quaker's owner) will not want the team to throw away the sponsorship money on a jersey that is not seen or heard. Pepsi is a marketing machine which mant want to lend a hand in marketing the team which will market the jersey. I still cannort figure out why the Fire cannot figure out how to collaborate with Brian McBride. He is easily the most famous Chicago area soccer national team player with connections to the Fire yet they let that go when he retired. They should have him on radio talking aboutr the Fire on the SCORE and on ESPN 1000 at least once a week. They need to force the action. Maybe WGN would give them air time.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    The Score simply will not acknowledge soccer or the Fire as a viable option for discussion on the air. It's unfortunate but that appears to be the attitude of on-air people as well as the suits who run the station. ESPN1000 is a bit more open minded with Fred Huebner on the air but mere mentions are scarce there too.

    Finding a way to incorporate McBride in an off-the-field role is not a bad idea.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Maybe they can get Quaker to sponsor a 30 minute or 60 minute show on Saturdays leading up to the games on WGN. It would be after the Cubs games for the most part (and if it conflicts put it on WIND). They could have true soccer people talk about the Fire, the national team with World Cup qualfying going on this summer, and they could have people from US Soccer drop by every now and then since US Soccer is Based in Chicago!!!! Andrew Hauptman are you reading this Blog? Listen to GR the man knows of what he writes!!!

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Getting the Fire involved on WGN at any level would probably be spectacular. I just can't see Kaplan going along with that.

  • In reply to Doug:

    You're right. They've tried to humor Kaplan by bowing down in the past and he's even had Klopas on the CTL show a few times....they've tried reaching out to him but he still seems to see soccer somewhere below Depaul and UIC basketball in terms of interest.

  • In reply to Doug:

    Kaplan is too busy sucking up to Tom Ricketts. I heard him on CTL talking about NIU, DePaul, Illinois and Northwestern athletics for few minutes from time to to time. The closest on air sports radio personalities to mention soccer will be either Mike Mulligan, Fred Huebner or Les Gorbstein. One caller last year mention to Gorbstein why you guys don't talk enough soccer and his response is people don't request it and we can't talk soccer 24/7. Yet 620 AM WDAE Tampa afternoon host had Wynalda is a guest interview and even had an opening monologue on the Gold Cup Finals between US/Mexico and took calls on soccer and the game itself throughout his whole show. A market that has no MLS franchise talk more soccer than a big market city that has a MLS franchise with a great fanbase with little coverage is pathetic.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Another AM dial prospect I will attempt to explore is WLS. Have a pre and postgame show host and take calls from the fans.

  • Do you know who was a spectacular high school soccer player? Jarret Payton. He played soccer his freshman and sophomore years in high school then played football his junior and senior years. He was a great soccer player by all accounts. Anyway, I am sure he still knows enoug about the game. They should get Payton and McBride to be on the radio for the pre-game shows. they both grew up in the Northwest burbs. They probably played against the same high schools. It would draw attention. If the Fire buys the time, don't they get to keep the add revenue? Also, if they buy the time, wouldn't that be a business call and not a sports director call? I cannot see getting the games on the air, but I can see getting a weekly show as a first step.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    A 30 minute weekly show on gamedays is a great idea. You'd probably need someone who's capable of hosting it and someone who's familiar with the team and the league as the second guy. I'll just throw this combo out there for conversation's sake - Fred Huebner and Peter Wilt. Wilt would certainly make it interesting.

    And yes...the point of buying the air time is that the purchaser sells and keeps the ad revenue. It is indeed a business call and not a sports director's call.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    They could broadcast the game from Toyota Park or better yet on away days from various Soccer Bars like the Globe, Small Bar (1 or 2) etc. The show should have a known personality beyond soccer fans though that is why a Brian McBride is a good starting point. I would give the Fire's own kid, Brendan Hannan, a shot. I thought he was great as a play by play man on the Fire's Open Cup streaming from Bradley university last summer. Seriously, how much would this cost to produce?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I like Hannan on pbp too but he's got his hands full with media coordination on game days. For me, if the post game is produced by a radio partner it should ideally should include an on-air team that is not employed by the club per se. I like a little more objectivity when it comes to actual post game analysis while still keeping it team focused. In theory it should be done like the shows you hear after Cubs, Bears, Bulls, games. Honest without cheer leading.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I agree with you on this one. Seriously though, who is he coordinating? I thought no one followed the team.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Ha.....there are probably two dozen or so media people in the box on game days, there's also post game access to coaches and players for media outlets that somebody needs to coordinate and keep moving. It's actually very hectic on game days and it's multiplied by several times for "big" matches.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Here's an idea. Let's get a college radio station to broadcast the show. Their signal will be too weak, but they could team up with a bigger station to simulcast the show. Maybe UIC's college station would be interested in this as a way for their kids to get into broadcasting.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Not a bad idea.....it's one that the Fire has actually used in the past. Back in 2007, a show called Chicago Fire Soccer Weekly originated out of St. Xavier College and actually wasn't half bad. Of course the signal was weak and not many people got to hear it.

  • http://www.diaadia.com.pa/edicion/actual/deportes-interna.php?story_id=21635&edition_id=20120208

    Interesting. Odd. Frustrating, if only because of rumors of other contract issues over the years with players gives this story a grain of truth. Comments?

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Story claims that Panamanian defender Eduardo Dasent was set to fly to Chicago today to join the Fire but upon receiving the written contract he decided not to accept the offer because some things had changed from the initial agreement that were not to his liking.

    I'll certainly ask about it.

  • GR, you just need to buy your own station and run the show. Then, all will be fixed with the soccer world's wrongs starting with FIFA and the fact that US Soccer didn't vote against Blatter's re-appointment!!!

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Ha!
    If I win the powerball tonight, I'll have a station up and running by March 10. ;)

    Don't start with Sepp.....that really chaps my hide!

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