Archive for February 2014

First cuts announced as Fire head to Arizona

Frank Yallop said there would be cuts at the conclusion of phase two of training camp in Bradenton and the club announced several today. The listed players who are not travelling to Arizona on Saturday are all of the “unsigned” variety. The list includes draft pick Bryan Ciesulka, open tryout winner Freddie Braun, David Meves, Tim... Read more »

Fire head into last leg of preseason undefeated and unscored upon

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A 1-0 win over DC United this morning leaves the Fire with a 4-0 record heading into the final phase of preseason in Tuscon, Arizona. The clean sheet was also the fourth consecutive shutout for a team that struggled defensively for the better part of the 2013 season. After the “kids” got a chance to... Read more »

Youngsters win again, Shipp continues to impress

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A group of trialists, rookies, and bubble players continued the Fire’s undefeated preseason run with a 3-0 victory over soon-to-be MLS club Orlando City SC. Harry Shipp once again set the tone for the Fire with a 14th minute free kick score after Giuseppe Gentile drew a foul just outside of the penalty area. Shipp... Read more »

Shipp shines in 2-0 win over DC

It’s still early in preseason but Frank Yallop has to like what he got out of his squad in their first match of 2014 against MLS competition. He has to be particularly happy with the mostly young side he fielded in the second half that featured homegrown players Harrison Shipp and Victor Pineda, newly acquired... Read more »

Yallop evaluating roster as phase two of camp begins

Frank Yallop addressed media yesterday in his weekly conference call as the Fire have begun the second leg of training camp in Bradenton, Florida. A match against DC United on Saturday should feature minutes for some of the first team after last week’s preseason opener showcased mostly young players and trialists. Yallop was accompanied by... Read more »

Sector Latino relocation sets off uproar

Supporters went into an uproar last night on social media outlets when Sector Latino posted the following message after a meeting with club leadership: Today we attended a meeting with the head of the Chicago Fire and they decided to take our section away. — Sector Latino (@SectorLatino12) February 5, 2014 The Fire have asked... Read more »

Fire win lottery for midfielder Joya

The Fire’s midfield competition got a little more interesting with the addition of Santos Laguna’s Benji Joya via an MLS lottery draw. The US youth player was made available after signing with the league on a one year loan with a transfer option. Seattle and Real Salt Lake were also interested in acquiring him but... Read more »

Fire v FGCU match day

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Fire starting line up GK Kann D Ward, Alves, Kinney, Jumper M King, Ritter, Shipp, Pineda F Dantes, Gentile Players Available: Signed Players Goalkeepers (3): Sean Johnson*, Alec Kann, Kyle Reynish Defenders (8):  Austin Berry, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Hunter Jumper, Steven Kinney, Lovel Palmer, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare Midfielders (10): Yazid Atouba, Dilly... Read more »