Archive for April 2014

MLS Player's Union Salary report is out - time to review the Fire's budget

Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss have repeated time and again that the club was working with a tight budget coming into the season. The MLSPU released their spring version of the 2014 Player’s Salary report today and shed some light onto just how tight the Fire’s cap/budget situation is at the moment. Of course, the... Read more »

Gentile loaned to USL's Charlotte Eagles

The Reserve League doesn’t provide enough games and minutes over the course of the season to give younger players the time on the pitch in live competition needed to develop. With that in mind, The Fire have loaned striker Giuseppe Gentile to USL-Pro side Charlotte Eagles. The club acquired Gentile via waiver draft this past... Read more »

Five games in - panic or patience?

The Fire played their fifth game of the 2014 season this past Saturday and have yet to record a victory. Through five rounds and four consecutive draws the team has showed some reason for optimism and equally as many reasons for concern. Offensively, they have managed to score some goals. Their eight tallies is the... Read more »

Fire 2 Union 2 - recap and ratings

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The Fire won the possession battle (52-48), attempted more shots than the opponent (19-7), had more of those shots on target (7-2), and completed a significantly higher percentage of their passes than Philadelphia did (73-64), but yet still managed to somehow give up two goals in a draw at home. Dreadful set piece defending was... Read more »

Fire v Union match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Palmer, Hurtado, Soumare, Cochrane M Nyarko, Larentowicz, Watson, Shipp F Amarikwa, Magee Bench: Reynish, Anangono, Duka, Ianni, Joya, Alex, Pause Union GK MacMatch D Fabinho, Okugo, Wheeler, Gaddis M Carroll, Fernandes, Edu, Nogueira F Le Toux, Casey Bench: Blake, Hoppenot, Williams, White, Bone, Berry, Lahoud

Fire v Union match preview

The Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire have some of the same issues. They’ve both dropped points this season by allowing late goals and they both lack a facilitator in the final third. While the Fire have been more successful offensively this season with more creative options, the Union have been more cohesive defensively. Both sides... Read more »

Fan favorite Rolfe traded to DC United

Chris Rolfe is on the move one day after playing 60 minutes in a reserve match against Indy Eleven. The Fire have traded Rolfe to DC United in exchange for allocation money. After returning to the club in 2012 and scoring 8 goals, Rolfe struggled to find the net last season and was moved into... Read more »

Reserves defeat Indy Eleven plus midweek notes

First half goals from Lovel Palmer, Juan Luis Anangono, and Chris Rolfe lifted the Fire Reserves to a 3-1 victory over NASL side Indy Eleven last night. Palmer’s goal in the 6th minute was headed in from a Rolfe corner giving the Fire an early lead than was never relinquished. Palmer also factored into the... Read more »