Archive for March 2014

Fire 1 Timbers 1 - recap and ratings

Frank Yallop made some dramatic changes to the line up that dropped the season opening game 3-2 last weekend and the team responded with a hard fought 1-1 draw in Portland. The changes which included Matt Watson aiding Jeff Larentowicz in central midfield, Benji Joya and Harrison Shipp on the wings, and Alex in a... Read more »

Fire v Timbers match preview

Coming away with a result in Portland probably won’t nullify the embarrassing first kick performance against Chivas USA but earning at least a point will provide some optimism heading into the home opener next week. Getting off to an 0-2 start may begin to mount pressure on players who must be anticipating the possible repurcussions of... Read more »

Magee status in doubt for Sunday - Joya, Amarikwa could start vs Portland

Frank Yallop provided an update on team matters via conference call with reporters this afternoon. The big news coming out of Fire training on the west coast is that Mike Magee is still in doubt for the match against Portland on Sunday. Magee has resumed training but Yallop will proceed cautiously with the 2013 MLS... Read more »

Fire Reserves to take on Indy XI in West Lafayette

Thumbnail image for 'Fire Reserves to take on Indy XI in West Lafayette'
Ten games is hardly enough for reserve squads to break a sweat over the course of a long season and with that in mind the Fire have added two additional matches to the reserve schedule in 2014. The first will take place at the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana on April 1st at... Read more »

Chivas USA 3 Fire 2 - recap and ratings

Thumbnail image for 'Chivas USA 3 Fire 2 - recap and ratings'
The most disappointing thing about the Fire’s season opening 3-2 loss to Chivas USA is not the loss itself but the apparent continuation of issues that doomed the club in 2013. The game featured all of the negative aspects and concerns experienced over the course of last season all wrapped up into one ninety minute... Read more »

MLS 2014 season preview

MLS 2014 season preview
The margins are once again razor thin and just about every team has a chance to compete for a place in postseason. Such is the world of parity in American professional sports, not just MLS. Of course this league is much tighter from top to bottom because of smaller and tighter budget restrictions but there... Read more »

Atouba waived - Fire down to 28 man roster

Yazid Atouba, a second round pick last season who impressed enough in 2013’s training camp to earn a few minutes early on in the year was waived today. The move gets the Fire down to 28 players on the active roster, which is where Frank Yallop has indicated he’d like to be to start the... Read more »

Amarikwa gets a new start under Yallop - Fire trade for Vancouver's Watson

With the introduction of a new coach some players on the Chicago Fire looked for new opportunities to make their mark during the 2014 MLS preseason. One such player is striker Quincy Amarikwa. The 26-year old continued to impress as the Fire closed out preseason play last Saturday night against Chivas Rayadas, scoring a late... Read more »

New kits unveiled at Kick Off Luncheon, MLS 2014 is here

New kits unveiled at Kick Off Luncheon, MLS 2014 is here
The annual Season Kick Off Luncheon has become a milestone marker for the start of each new season and this year’s event benefiting the Chicago Fire Foundation featured the official first look at the team’s new primary kit. The unveiling was greeted by polite applause from the majority of the room but there was also... Read more »

Fire partner with ESPN 1000 for weekly radio show

It’s been a long time coming. The Fire will finally have a presence on English language radio via a weekly live radio program on ESPN1000. The show will air Saturday mornings at 7:00 am and will be hosted by former Fire TV play by play man Fred Huebner and will feature current TV color analyst... Read more »