Archive for March 2015

Fire notebook - victory edition

Fire notebook - victory edition
Here’s a rundown of the news and notes following the Fire’s first victory of the season. Frank Yallop covered a lot bases in his weekly media conference call. Perez joins the team Midfielder Victor Perez was in town this weekend to witness the team’s first win of the season and suited up for training this... Read more »

Fire 1 Union 0 - recap and ratings

Chicago Fire defender Adailton (4) watches as his header crosses the goal line against Philadelphia Union
 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL on Sunday, March 29, 2015 (Sean King for Chicago Fire Confidential)
Perhaps this win will set the Fire’s fortunes moving in the right direction. In what was easily the team’s best outing this year, Chicago was clearly the better team from start to finish of this match although the last twenty minutes were unforgettable while playing with a man advantage. “From a viewpoint of points, it’s fantastic to win our... Read more »

Fire v Union match preview

Martin Tomszak is back with another look at the this week’s opponent, the Philadelphia Union. Both teams are in desperate need of points. What Are They About? Philadelphia Union Preview After a record setting 0-3 start to the season, the Chicago Fire look to get back on their feet against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday,... Read more »
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Fire announce loan move for Víctor Pérez

The Fire made the loan move for Spanish midfielder Víctor Pérez official this afternoon. The Real Madrid academy product arrives via an agreement with Real Valladolid that includes an initial loan through the end of June. The Fire have options to extend the loan for the rest of the season and 2016. “We’re pleased that... Read more »

Amarikwa still Fire's first option up top

Amarikwa still Fire's first option up top
The Fire have only scored one goal through their first three games but forward Quincy Amarikwa remains optimistic considering that the team’s offensive cohesiveness has gotten progressively better after each game. The Fire have won the possession battle in each of the last two contests but haven’t done much with the ball in the final... Read more »

Fire news and notes - Accam to miss again, Igboananike struggling, more moves to come?

Frank Yallop didn’t indicate that more player personnel changes are on the immediate horizon in his weekly conference call with reporters but did file notice that Designated Players aren’t going to be immune to relocation if necessary. After Sunday’s loss in San Jose, Yallop had this to say about finally having all three DP’s on... Read more »
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Earthquakes 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire have stumbled into the first ever 0-3 start in team history. Another slow start has thrown a wet blanket on much optimism but there were some signs of incremental improvement despite the loss. On the positive side, the Fire scored their first goal of the season and controlled much of the possession throughout the match winning... Read more »

Fire v Earthquakes match preview

Here’s an opponent preview from reader Martin Tomszak to tide you over until kick-off tomorrow at 6pm. The Earthquakes are opening their branding spankin’ new digs at Avaya Stadium so the Fire will have yet another debut party to contend with in order to avoid to the club’s first ever 0-3 start to a season. What... Read more »

Fire news and notes - Accam returns to training, Perez update

Fire news and notes - Accam returns to training, Perez update
Both Sean Johnson and David Accam participated in full training yesterday morning. Frank Yallop told reporters in his weekly conference call that he won’t rush Accam back and will continue to monitor his progress in practice this week before deciding on his status for the upcoming San Jose game. Joevin Jones started in left midfield... Read more »
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Whitecaps 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

Section 8 shows their Chicago Fire Pride before kick off of their game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL on Saturday, March 14, 2015 (Sean King for Chicago Fire Confidential)
This is certainly not the start that Frank Yallop was looking for and definitely not one that the Fire can afford. The inability to take advantage of anything at home coupled with late defensive lapses was of major concern last season and this home opener did nothing to assure anyone that those struggles have been... Read more »