Archive for September 2012

Fire add World Cup vet Franco

The Fire made it official today with the announcement that the club has signed former Mexican National Team forward Guillermo Franco.  With the MLS roster freeze deadline approaching at midnight tonight the Fire probably needed to add some depth at the forward spot with only four strikers on the roster including homegrown player Kellen Gulley. ... Read more »

Fire 2 Toronto FC 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference by virtue of their third victory of the season over hapless Toronto FC.  This match wasn’t always pretty although the club enjoyed a 2 goal lead at half time but the Fire managed to accomplish what good teams always seem to find... Read more »

Fire v Toronto FC match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares M Nyarko, Pause, Pardo, Fernandez F Rolfe, MacDonald Bench: Tornaghi, Gargan, Thompson, Bone, Videira, Alex, Oduro Toronto FC GK Kocic D J. Hall, Eckersley, O’Dea, Emory M Lambe, Maund, Silva, Wiedeman F Amarikwa, Hassli Bench: F. Hall, Cann, Henry, Morgan, Stinson, Avila    

Guillermo Franco trials with the Fire

After acquiring midfielder Wells Thompson via trade yesterday the Fire are continuing to look at other options to bolster the roster down the stretch.  While another trade for an impact player may be difficult to facilitate without tampering with the starting eleven it won’t stop the club from pursuing players for depth at any position.  That... Read more »

Fire look to make moves before deadline

With the September 15 MLS roster freeze deadline quickly approaching all clubs have less than one week to add players that can be eligible for playoff competition.  Javier Leon said last week that the Fire was actively looking to add to the roster with the departure of Marco Pappa and it appears that one or... Read more »

Fire 2 Santos Laguna 2 - post game

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International friendlies in September are fairly meaningless and sometimes dull but this one was actually entertaining.  Defending Mexican champions Santos Laguna took a 2-0 lead after the first half hour of play when Benjamin Joya danced by Dan Gargan and Hunter Jumper to beat Paolo Tornaghi from 15 yards out in the 24th. Five minutes... Read more »

Fire v Santos Laguna International Friendly

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Tornaghi D Walls, Videira, Jumper, Gargan M Pause, Pineda, Oduro, Alex, Bone F MacDonald Bench: Nolly, Anibaba, Segares, Berry, Friedrich, Fernandez, Paladini, Nyarko, Pardo, Rolfe Santos GK Sanchez D Alanis, Galindo, Ibanez, Adachi M Martinez, Salinas, Ramirez F Luduena, Parra, Joya Bench: Becerra, Figueroa, Mares, Torres, Garcia, Crosas, Rodriguez, Sandoval,... Read more »

Fire 3 Dynamo 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire moved into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference table with another big win against an Eastern foe at Toyota Park.  Chicago improved to 7-0-1 in matches played at home against the East this season and didn’t take long to make a statement in this match.  Patrick Nyarko scored the fourth... Read more »

Fire v Dynamo match day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares M Fernandez, Paladini, Pardo, Nyarko F Rolfe, MacDonald Bench: Tornaghi, Gargan, Bone, Alex, Pause, Pineda, Oduro Dynamo GK Hall D Hainault, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe M Garcia, Clark, Davis F Watson, Kandji, Bruin Bench: Deric, Sarkodie, Camargo, Sturgis, Carr, Ching, Weaver