Archive for March 2012

Fire TV Schedule - Finally

All is well that ends well might be the appropriate cliche to describe the Fire’s long awaited announcement of their regional television broadcast schedule.  The broadcast partnership will include games televised on Comcast SportsNet and NBC Chicago Nonstop along with other nationally televised matches.  CSN appeared to be out of the picture as recently as... Read more »

Optimism abounds at Kickoff Luncheon

The Fire’s annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago yesterday is traditionally an event where supporters gather to meet the squad for the first time every season while basking in an atmosphere filled with the optimism of a brand new season on the horizon.  This year was no different. ... Read more »

2012 Season Preview and FC Picks

It’s that time of the year again.  With the 2012 MLS season set to begin by showcasing an all-Canada showdown between Montreal and Vancouver and a Columbus at Colorado match up at 5:00 cdt we’re set to take another stab at prognostication in the not so predictable world of MLS.  Last season our panel didn’t... Read more »

Fire top Minnesota Stars in final tune-up

The Fire officially completed pre-season play this morning with a 3-1 victory over the defending NASL champion NSC Minnesota Stars at the Toyota Park practice field.  Goals scored by Dominic Oduro, Daniel Paladini, and Orr Barouch provided the difference but head coach Frank Klopas wasn’t thrilled with allowing a late goal from a set piece.... Read more »

Friedrich joins the Fire

German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich has signed a one year deal with the Fire.  The 32 year old defender, mostly recently with Wolfsburg was released in September at his request after suffering an injury that has kept him out of action until now. Friedrich was a regular starting centerback for the German National team... Read more »

FC Podcast Episode 1 & preseason notes

With preseason coming to a premature end due to weather conditions in Charleston, South Carolina last night the Fire are headed back to Chicago with a few decisions to make before first kick.  The match against the Charleston Battery was cancelled but the Fire will take on the NSC Minnesota Stars at the Toyota Park... Read more »

March 1 roster notes ; Fire may add Friedrich

With only one match remaining before the Fire complete Phase 3 of preseason training and return to Chicago, head coach Frank Klopas has the opening day roster close to set.  March 1 is roster compliance day for all MLS clubs, meaning that the total dollars expended on the senior roster must fall within the established... Read more »