Archive for April 2012

Klopas & Anibaba suspended

Frank Klopas and Jalil Anibaba will both be unavailable for the match on Friday against Chivas USA.  Although there was no mention of disciplinary action immediately after the match the stats page at MLSsoccer.com on Sunday afternoon showed that Anibaba had received a red card for “fighting” in the 87th minute.  The referee’s standard game... Read more »

Sounders 2 Fire 1 - Recap and Ratings

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The Fire are now 0-4-3 against the Seattle Sounders after dropping a 2-1 decision that probably should have resulted in at least one point. Chicago had the better of the opportunities in the first half before a 40th minute cross attempt by David Estrada was slightly deflected by Arne Friedrich allowing the ball to trickle... Read more »

Fire v Sounders Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Gargan, Friedrich, Anibaba, Segares M Pause, Pardo, Grazzini, Paladini F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Tornaghi, Berry, Jumper, Pappa, Robayo, Barouch, Puppo Sounders GK Gspurning D Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Gonzalez M Rosales, Alonso, Evans, Estrada F Johnson, Montero Bench: Meredith, Burch, Rose, Scott, Caskey, Cato, Ochoa
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Fire v Sounders Match Preview

The Fire have yet to beat Seattle Sounders FC in MLS regular season play, going 0-3-3 against them since the club joined the league in 2009.  A 2-0 loss in the US Open Cup Final last season also spoiled a shot at possible redemption for a second consecutive season without a playoff appearance for the... Read more »

Fire add Brazilian midfielder Alex

The Fire have signed 23 year old Brazilian midfielder Alex Monteiro De Lima.  The attacking midfielder, who goes simply by the name “Alex” appeared for the Fire in two preseason matches and impressed those who were in Florida and able to witness the matches against DC United and Real CD Espana. “Alex is a special... Read more »

Rolfe still out - Fire Confidential Podcast

Chris Rolfe did not participate in training this morning due to the ankle injury suffered last Thursday.  His status for the Seattle match this weekend is still up in the air but it doesn’t sound good.  ”We’ll see.  He’s day by day and he’s not out here.  He doesn’t have any swelling but there’s still... Read more »
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Fire 3 Toronto FC 2 - Recap and Ratings

It wasn’t pretty but when all is said and done, three points on the road is still an excellent result.  Even if it was against the worst team in the league.  As expected the Fire were able to find space in midfield against Toronto’s 3-4-3 formation but they conversely allowed Toronto attackers too much room... Read more »

Fire v Toronto FC Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Segares, Anibaba, Friedrich, Gargan M Pappa, Pardo, Grazzini, Pause F Nyarko, Oduro Bench: Tornaghi, Berry, Jumper, Robayo, Paladini, Puppo, Barouch Toronto FC GK Kocic D Eckersley, Frings, Cann M Stinson, Dunfield, Avila, Morgan F Lambe, Johnson, Plata Bench: Roberts, Harden, Aceval, Henry, de Guzman, Burgos, Silva

Fire v Toronto FC Match Preview

Everyone will have to wait at least another week to witness Chris Rolfe’s re-introduction to the Chicago Fire.  The oft-injured forward picked up an ankle knock during training on Thursday morning and will not be available for this match.  Rolfe’s injury is considered minor but it may keep him out for up to two weeks.... Read more »
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Rolfe trains with the Fire - Toronto FC ahead

Chris Rolfe participated in full training with the Fire this morning without his customary #17 which is currently worn by Pavel Pardo.  After embarking on a 9 hour direct flight from Copenhagen to Chicago on Monday, Rolfe took some time to unwind yesterday and arrived at training today sporting the newly assigned #18.  ”It’s good... Read more »