Archive for May 2014

Bliss: Fire can add DP

Fire Technical Director Brian Bliss spoke to reporters yesterday about the possibility of adding reinforcements in the July transfer window and indicated that the club does indeed have room to add a Designated Player to the roster. “Financially, we can do it just because of the rules the way they are and what you need... Read more »

USMNT "after-Landon" begins tonight

US Soccer begins the post-Landon Donovan era tonight with a friendly against Azerbaijan. Jurgen Klinnsman has hinted that the line up deployed in this game could strongly resemble what we see against Ghana on June 16. Of course, Klinsmann has been known to throw a curve ball every now and then so I wouldn’t be... Read more »

Crew 2 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

Offense couldn’t bail them out in this one. The Fire were shut out for the first time this season but continued to give up acres of space, uncontested time on the ball, and play generally sloppy defensively. With Mike Magee and Patrick Nyarko missing the offensive display was lethargic, wasteful, and without urgency but that... Read more »
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Fire v Crew match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Kinney, Hurtado, Ianni, Cochrane M Duka, Larentowicz, Joya, Shipp F Amarikwa, Anangono bench: Reynish, Segares, Ward, Pause, Ritter, Watson, Pineda Notes: Magee is a late scratch due to calf tightness, Alex is out with a hamstring injury, Nyarko (knee), Palmer (kidney stones), Soumare (calf). Grant Ward is on... Read more »

Donovan left out of World Cup squad and Fire notes

Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the US soccer community today by naming the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. The surprise exclusion of Landon Donovan, who is arguably the best American soccer player ever, has many fans wondering how the country’s all-time leading scorer in international competition could be left off. Klinsmann called it... Read more »

Fire Confidential Live debuts Sunday

We’ve been looking to get on a more structured schedule with the Fire Confidential Podcast and now we’ll have a new platform to discuss all things Chicago soccer related. I’m happy to announce we’ll be partnering with Radio Vive and the Fire’s Spanish language radio play by play man Hernan Espinoza to bring you Fire Confidential... Read more »
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Fire 2 Sporting KC 1 - recap and ratings

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It certainly wasn’t pretty but the Fire managed to hold on for three points at home against a far less than full strength Sporting Kansas City side. What looked like a dire stretch of difficult matches two weeks ago with New York and Sporting Kansas City beginning a string of six challenging contests before the... Read more »

Fire v Sporting KC match preview

The Fire appear to be catching Sporting Kansas City at a good time. The defending MLS Cup champions will be missing several important players due to international call-up and various injuries. Last year’s defender of the year Matt Besler and Graham Zusi (the key to SKC’s attack) are both away with the USMNT in preparation... Read more »

Fire could see SKC without three key pieces

Last night’s result in the only midweek game of this round showed why picking winners in MLS matches this season is so difficult. Sporting Kansas City, the defending MLS Cup champions, and current leader in the Eastern Conference hosted a struggling Philadelphia Union side boasting a 1-5-5 record coming into the game. One would expect... Read more »
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US preliminary World Cup roster set - MLS takes the next step with $720m tv deal

US preliminary World Cup roster set - MLS takes the next step with $720m tv deal
Jurgen Klinsmann named the 30 man preliminary roster for the upcoming  World Cup. The final roster will be pared down to 23 by June 2. As expected Nick Rimando beat out Sean Johnson for the third ‘keeper spot. Players begin reporting to camp in Palo Alto, California on Wednesday. Here’s the complete roster: GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad... Read more »