Fire/MLS announce full 2015 schedule

With only two months remaining before the start of the regular season MLS has released the full fixture list for all teams. They've also announced that the playoff field will increase from 10 to 12 teams this coming season. Six teams from each conference will qualify for postseason and the knockout round will consist of four single elimination matches.

A few interesting notes from the Fire's schedule includes:

7 Friday games

8 Sunday games

5 Wednesday games

3 games on Fox

3 games on ESPN2

4 games on Univision Deportes

3 games on UniMas

Here's the Fire's complete schedule:

# DATE OPPONENT VENUE HOME/AWAY Time (CT)
1 Friday, March 6 (UniMas) LA Galaxy Los Angeles AWAY 9:00 PM
2 Saturday, March 14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Chicago HOME 5:00 PM
3 Sunday, March 22 (FOX) San Jose Earthquakes San Jose AWAY 6:00 PM
4 Sunday, March 29 (ESPN2) Philadelphia Union Chicago HOME 4:00 PM
5 Saturday, April 4 Toronto FC Chicago HOME 2:00 PM
6 Wednesday, April 15 New England Revolution New England AWAY 6:30 PM
7 Saturday, April 18 Montreal Impact Montreal AWAY TBD
8 Friday, April 24 (UDN) New York City FC Chicago HOME 7:00 PM
9 Sunday, May 3 (ESPN2) Sporting Kansas City Kansas City AWAY 4:00 PM
10 Saturday, May 9 Real Salt Lake Chicago HOME 2:00 PM
11 Friday, May 15 (UDN) New York City FC New York AWAY 6:00 PM
12 Friday, May 22 (UDN) Columbus Crew SC Columbus AWAY 7:00 PM
13 Saturday, May 30 Montreal Impact Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
14 Wednesday, June 3 D.C. United DC AWAY 6:00 PM
15 Saturday, June 6 Orlando City SC Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
16 Wednesday, June 24 D.C. United Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
17 Friday, July 3 (UDN) Houston Dynamo Houston AWAY 8:00 PM
18 Saturday, July 11 Seattle Sounders Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
19 Wednesday, July 15 Columbus Crew SC Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
20 Sunday, July 19 (ESPN2) Columbus Crew SC Columbus AWAY 4:00 PM
21 Saturday, July 25 New England Revolution Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
22 Sunday, Aug. 2 (FOX) FC Dallas Chicago HOME 6:00 PM
23 Friday, Aug. 7 (UniMas) Portland Timbers Portland AWAY 10:00 PM
24 Sunday, Aug. 16 (FOX) Philadelphia Union Philadelphia AWAY 6:00 PM
25 Saturday, Aug. 22 Colorado Rapids Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
26 Wednesday, Aug. 26 New York Red Bulls Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
27 Saturday, Aug. 29 Orlando City SC Orlando AWAY 6:30 PM
28 Saturday, Sept. 5 Montreal Impact Montreal AWAY TBD
29 Friday, Sept. 11 (UniMas) New York Red Bulls New York AWAY 6:00 PM
30 Saturday, Sept. 19 Orlando City SC Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
31 Saturday, Sept. 26 Toronto FC Toronto AWAY TBD
32 Saturday, Oct. 3 New England Revolution Chicago HOME 7:30 PM
33 Sunday, Oct. 18 D.C. United DC AWAY TBD
34 Sunday, Oct. 25 New York Red Bulls Chicago HOME 4 PM

Filed under: 2015 Regular Season

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  • i like the added friday games. i'm def. more busy socializing on saturdays, so i miss a fair amount of those games during the season.

    can't wait for the portland game now that i live here!

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    i like the friday games too - i'm usually more busy on fridays so this gives me a good excuse to not go to any of those games.

  • I'm going to be wrong, but I'll swing for the fences and make my prediction:

    21-5-8
    Win SS
    Lose USOC final
    Lose EC Semi-Final

    I laughed when I typed all that, but it'd be nice to say in our future "Party like it's 2015."

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    It's too early to be drinking....

  • Bakary Soumare with some parting shots for the Fire.....

    http://m.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/01/07/montreal-impact-newcomer-bakary-soumare-has-harsh-words-decline-ex-club-chic

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Funny how Soumare says he saw the decline in the squad; the squad of which he was a member! The Fire were crap in many aspects last season and he certainly contributed his share to the crap.

  • Guillermo ... any news about the coaching staff for 2015??

  • In reply to southsidefutbol:

    Haven't heard names yet but I know Yallop was looking for a more experienced lead assistant.

  • Wow ... so-no-class to the end ... I feel sorry for the Impact fans ...

  • I hate to say it, but BaKY is not saying any thinG I don't agree with. Look at the 2007 team and success of the club prior to 2007. Look at the decline since. I don't see anything different with baky's comments and Taylor twellman's comments during the season. The league should listen to both and force a sale of the club before it's too late.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Yeah, Soumare is speaking as a fan of the team here (which he always said he was, he referred to Chicago as home throughout his time elsewhere), and in that capacity he's correct.

    It's just he was also on that team that sucked. And played a significant role in the sucking, which kind of lessens what he said.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I have been critical of Baky's play in his latest stint with the Fire (and in the year or so before he left for France). But he's right to criticize the club. How do you explain Sherjil MacDonald? Anangono? Puppo? Robayo? The field last year?

    Lack of will to succeed. He nailed it.

    The efforts last year seemed to be on improving marketing and pushing the Fire into the community with the soccer center. Not the on-field product or the field itself. Hopefully with the off-field investments made the focus will be the pitch and what's on it from here on out. I'm still waiting for the "key player" that Frank talked up, as well as the other parts that are essential to turning the ties into wins in 2015.

  • Back on topic: anyone have a shared ical for import to Google calendar?

  • Nm, found buried here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/schedule-download

  • Like the Friday games. Sunday games are a lot harder to deal with me.

    David Accam going to the Africa Cup of Nations is a huge feather in his cap. I don't know think Avram Grant gives a s**t about him playing in MLS. He was selected based on his play in Sweden and his work with the national team as long as Grant has been on board (which is only a month or so). And while there are big names on the squad, some of the competition who did not make the squad are playing in places like Kazakhstan and League Two.

    Hoping Accam sees some time in Equatorial Guinea, scores for Ghana, does not get injured, and comes to Chicago ready to light it up on March 6 in LA.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Did you notice that Accam was listed as a midfielder for the Ghana squad? Pretty interesting stuff, I wonder if they are thinking of playing him there at all here. Might make some sense at least while Nyarko is out and with Igby, Q and Guly up top. It's going to be very interesting to see how Yallop uses all these new players...he has almost a completely blank canvas and a bunch of new paint colors...

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Reading my mind on questions for Yallop.....

  • I always liked Baky and, when he was on, he was a defensive beast. You will recall he made the MLS team of the week once last summer. I don't see that he that he's said anything about the 2014 Fire that I (or most, if not all of us here) didn't also say. If there's a failing for which he should be accused, it's that he failed to mention or otherwise acknowledge his part in the "suckage" that was 2014 CF.

    He had his shortcomings. He could be inconsistent and prone to mental lapses. But there was never a doubt that he played for the badge during his time here. I do not look forward to seeing him play against the Fire.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I look forward to him playing against the fire from the 8th minute on when his brain turns off.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    85th minute

  • Altidore, Diskerud, and Kljstan are coming back to MLS. So where is the Fire in the allocation?

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Is there still an allocation process in this league?

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    The Fire are 5th in the allocation ranking behind NYCFC, Montreal, San Jose, and Colorado.

    I guess the real question would be, which nonsensical allocation ranking will they follow? The regular allocation or the secret DP allocation? Heck, just blind draw them all.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    You almost sound cynical, Guiilermo.

    But maybe you're just exasperated at trying to explain MLS rules logically when MLS can't even do that themselves.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Wow! Per tweet from Twellman: Multiple sources tell me Jozy Altidore and @MLS are in discussions about his return this winter with 3 teams applying. #TFC #RBNY #POR
    1:30 PM - 7 Jan 2015
    So how does that list of "teams applying" match up with the allocation list? Watta crock!!!

  • Guys. I have been following the development of Orlando city and I am impressed. If their coaching holds up they should be in contention to compete with the Galaxy. The fire will be better they could not have been much worse than last year. If someone had an ounce of brain matter they should try to get Petke as the head asst.

  • Can this possibly be correct?

    "ESPN FC has been told that ...Chicago... are believed to have made the most attractive financial offer to Wigan for his services."

    http://www.espnfc.com/story/2240366/wigan-mull-chicago-fire-interest-in-midfielder-shaun-maloney

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Yes

  • In reply to Modibo:

    My knee-jerk response would be to note that the key word in that phrase is "believed" and to remind you how much PR spin has been spun by Andell and the Fire in the past.

    The other major facet of this possible transaction is whether Wigan might prefer to settle for a little less money to keep Maloney playing in a higher level of competition.

    Don't hold your breath. Try to remain calm. Wait and see where the dust settles. Then you can unleash your emotions.

  • G., would you dare to say, or guess, that a Moloney signing stands a 50/50 chance of happening?

  • In reply to Mac97:

    I think there's a good chance. 50/50 is probably accurate.

  • What formation is Yallop planning on playing? We keep bringing in all these attacking players while we have crap central midfielders and defenders. Id rather go for Kljstan instead of Moloney. Shipp, Magee, Accam can all play behind the striker in the formation that we played last year. Watson, Cocis, Ritter, and Stephens are simply not good enough to help us win the league. Unfortunately, we have seen what a combo of Watson, Cocis, and Ritter can do on the field. Simply adding strikers will not make those mediocre players better. Look at our center backs right now...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I'd still love to see Yallop employ the 4-1-4-1, however we don't have Kyle Beckerman on the club, so I don't think a lone DM will work.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    We dont have anyone even close to Beckerman. If he plays a 4-3-3, that means that 3 of Ritter, Cocis, Watson, and Stephens will be on the field at the same time. Shipp would be thrown back on the outside, wasting away. The season hasn't even come close to starting yet and I can't wait for it to be over. Yallop needs to go, immediately.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Seems to be that 4-3-3 would suit what he's brought in this winter.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I have to agree on the emphasis of the transactions. Maybe Yallop has some intraleague deals up his sleeve to shore up the midfield/defense, but given how quickly they made these foreign moves, and how soon preseason begins, I'm starting to wonder. You can't count on the draft for that defensive depth.

    And I'm not sure the intention of the team with the midfielders you list is to "help us win the league." I think the intention is for them to be serviceable MLS players. They'll probably look a hell of a lot better if the offensive signings give them something to work with up front and, more importantly, if we can get a real talent to lift all their boats a bit. Look at Husidic this season with the Galaxy. It helps a lot to be playing with Donovan, Keane, Juninho, Gonzalez et al than his teammates while in Chicago. And the Revs were a fantastically erratic team last season before Jones stepped in and dragged them to MLS Cup (with Lee Nguyen).

    I don't think we'll get anyone who can do that - Maloney doesn't seem to be that guy - but adding quality there or getting a CB as masterful as Friedrich could make them all look better by organizing the defense behind them.

    Hey, Jeff, who knows, maybe they're trying to get Beckerman from RSL now that Kreis and Lagerway are gone. Riiigghhhhht...

  • In reply to Modibo:

    That's why I'm saying that they should be looking for a center back instead of an offensive minded midfielder. Shipp, Magee, and Accam can do that. We have nobody to play center back. Big Red should be playing in the midfield. He is fine at center back because he knows how to play the game. He is better in the midfield. Yallop cleared a lot of cap space and roster space and should have been bringing in players that can play there. With all of the room that was made this off season, we shouldn't be relying on a central midfielder to be out leading center back. Like I have said before, I do not like the decisions that Yallop is making. With all of the space made, we should be pushing for a title and not trying to be a team that is hopeful of making the playoffs. Majority of the teams in the league make the playoffs. You win games by controlling the middle of the field. CB's, CM's, and ST's. Right now, I dont see us being much better than last year.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    If Chicago brought in Beckerman, it would have to be written into his contract that he's required to shave off that rat's nest upon hitting the Bridgeview city limits.

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