News and notes

Before the weekend MLS action kicks off on Friday here's a look at the top Fire related stories today.

Lindpere & Rios called

Joel Lindpere and Egidio Arévalo Rios have been called up by their respective countries for World Cup qualifying matches. Both players will depart after the Houston game on Sunday but won't be available for road games at Seattle and Toronto.

US WCQ Roster

US Soccer has announced Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. As expected Sean Johnson didn't make the cut as one of the three goalkeepers despite an impressive outing in Gold Cup competition. Here's the entire roster:

GK: Guzan, Howard, Rimando

DEF: Beasly, Besler, Brooks, Cameron, Castillo, Evans, Gonzalez, Orozco

MID: Beckerman, Bedoya, Bradley, Diskerud, F. Johnson, Jones, Zusi

FWD: Altidore, Dempsey, Donovan, Johannsson, E. Johnson

Houston in CCL 

Sunday's opponent, the Houston Dynamo played a Tuesday night CONCACAF Champion's League match against Arabe Unido and came away with a 2-1 victory in Texas. Dominic Kinnear used a mixture of starters and bench players but three of his most important offensive weapons only saw short minutes. Will Bruin played 13 minutes, Oscar Boniek-Garcia 45, and Brad Davis 23. Other regulars Giles Barnes, Andrew Driver, Jermaine Taylor, and Kofie Sarkodie didn't play. Fatigue shouldn't be a big issue in Chicago.

They are however coming off a 5-0 pasting in Montreal and are only 3-6-3 on the road this year with a -7 goal differential.

Their line-up on Tuesday:

Hall; Ashe, Brunner, Boswell, Chabala; Creavalle, Lopez (Bruin 13'), Johnson (Davis 23'), Dixon (Garcia 45'), Moffatt; Weaver

Fire Confidential Podcast

Catch the latest episode of the Fire Confidential Podcast as we discuss the ramifications of the "Editorial" with the OTF Radio crew. As a side note to the podcast I'd like to issue two corrections pertaining to the discussion.

1-The "editorial" was apparently edited at some time last Friday. We noticed the censorship on Tuesday afternoon.

2-Section 8 Chicago protested Peter Wilt's departure in 2005 by staging a black out and protested racism and fan safety in 2007.

Filed under: 2013 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • I guess it's the best time to play Seattle with Dempsey, Johnson and Evans called up. It's kind of bad that you have to hope for players to be called up to hope for a draw or possibly a win.

  • In reply to dustbin:

    My heart is breaking for Seattle. ;)

  • In reply to dustbin:

    It is a pretty enormous bummer that MLS is impacted as much as it is by nat'l team call-ups. It tough to be in a race to the playoffs when your better players are called away. Obviously every team has to deal with it, but it's certainly not always balanced. I don't have any answer, but I guess it's just unfortunate.

    As for the Nats, it's nice to see a pretty stacked F grouping, though it's certainly all relative.

  • In reply to dustbin:

    But we'll be without Joe Lindpere!

  • Per the Daily Heralds Orrin Schwarz on twitter - there could be changes in the front office soon and not the PR staff.

    Hearing about additions AND subtractions but nothing confirmed yet.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Yeah, there are probably still some real soccer people that Andy plans to clean out and replace with the type that introduce themselves with "I'm new to the sport of soccer but..."

  • I really enjoyed the podcast, there wasn't anything that I didn't agree with that was said. I hope Dandrew heard it too. The talk about how the article lightly addressed the situation with the fans but put most of the emphasis on protecting the ego of the FO and ownership is the problem. Also addressing that Fire games are fun for first timers but lose its appeal and ability to sustain new fans is a huge issue. I think this is directly related to the play on the field. After you become a real fan and care about the team, it's not about tailgating, getting drunk and singing songs. If you love the team it's more about the success of the team and its no fun watching a team you love lose.

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