Archive for February 2014

Yallop on Magee, Ward, the Berry trade and more (updated)

The Fire trained for the final time in Tucson Friday morning under perfect skies and 80 degree temperatures, a far cry from the weather bound to meet them at the home opener just over 3 short weeks away. After training, Fire manager Frank Yallop granted Fire Confidential an exclusive interview, covering a variety of topics. He addressed the introduction of Mike Magee back to preseason training after a two week absence, as well as discussion of the salary cap, the Austin Berry trade, and the release of Federico Puppo. Here's a blow-by-blow from the Fire gaffer...

Fire suffer first preseason loss

A stoppage time goal from Kelyn Rowe, a player with a knack for scoring against the Fire handed the club its first loss of preseason. A nifty give and go with from Diego Fagundez was the difference just moments before Quincy Amarikwa hit the crossbar with what would have been an equalizer in the 92nd... Read more »

Fire return to My50 for local tv broadcasts

The Fire will broadcast games locally on My50 once again this season. Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan will return to the broadcast booth and they’ll have a sideline reporter this year in Brooke Weisbrod. Another new feature to the telecasts will be what is being described as a “Fire branded broadcast desk that can be... Read more »
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Sources: Berry traded to Philadelphia

The 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year is on the move. Sources tell Fire Confidential that Austin Berry has been traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money. The trade announcement will be made pending league approval. The move presumably adds budget space which would enable the Fire to increase Mike Magee’s salary... Read more »

Fire remain undefeated in preseason with 2-0 win

The competition was a PDL side but there were still plenty of positives to take from the Fire’s 2-0 win over FC Tucson on Saturday afternoon. The starters were pushed for ninety minutes and although there was some fatigue evident late in the second half the team registered their fifth clean sheet in six pre-season... Read more »

New Fire jersey leaked

New Fire jersey leaked
It was just a matter of time before the Fire’s new 2014 jersey was leaked online and footyheadlines.com posted it today. The kit will be officially unveiled at the Season Kick Off Luncheon on March 4 during MLS’ jersey week. So what do you think?  
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Yallop on Ward, Piermayr, and more

Frank Yallop’s weekly tele-conference with reporters yielded some insight into the club’s plans for trialists Grant Ward and Thomas Piermayr along with an update on a few other topics. Needless to say, the coach was very pleased with the performance of the young players so far including the most recent win over Colorado. Here are... Read more »

Gulley, King cut

The Fire’s infusion of new, young talent in the form of additional homegrown players, trialists, and draft picks meant that some names already on the roster weren’t going to make it to first kick on March 9. The first two “signed” player casualties are forward Kellen Gulley and midfielder Brendan King. As the Fire’s second... Read more »

Young guns win again, Fire stay undefeated in preseason

The Fire lost their shut out streak but still managed to stay undefeated this preseason by defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-1 in Tucson, Arizona. Frank Yallop said he would play trialists and young players in this match and the “B” squad impressed yet again. A midfield featuring Logan Pause in the holding role with Victor... Read more »
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Fire's depth chart shows some promise

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The Fire are deeper this winter than they were last season at this time. There’s not much doubt about that. Frank Yallop is making sure the team isn’t caught flat footed like they were after Arne Friedrich’s late camp injury in 2013. The loss of the German center back was probably the most glaring cause... Read more »