Archive for March 2015

Fire to add Spanish midfielder Víctor Pérez

The Fire are set to add Spanish midfielder Victor Perez to the roster within the next week or so. A report by Goal.com’s Nick Sabetti earlier today has been confirmed by two separate sources to Fire Confidential. Perez, whose contract is owned by Spain’s Valladolid, was on loan to Levante in La Liga but they... Read more »

Yallop on injuries, USL loans, and more

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Frank Yallop met with local media this afternoon to discuss the opening night loss in Los Angeles and the upcoming home opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps. He discussed an array of topics including injuries, style of play, and the salary budget ramifications of the new CBA. Here’s the rundown: On injuries David Accam has resumed... Read more »

Galaxy 2 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

The Fire took one on the chin in the opening match of 2015. A 2-0 loss to the defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy isn’t worrisome as a stand alone result but the bigger concern should be the limp challenge en route to a beating that probably should have been worse. The final numbers... Read more »
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2015 MLS season preview

2015 MLS season preview
          Thankfully, it’s time for soccer. MLS and the Player’s Union have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement and fans can return to thinking about the actual games on the field. Both conferences will be tight again with no clear cut favorite on either side. The playoff pool has been... Read more »

Strike averted - MLS/players agree on new CBA

Strike averted - MLS/players agree on new CBA
There will be soccer this weekend after all. MLS and the Player’s Union agreed to a new 5 year collective bargaining agreement tonight which ensures that the season will kick off as scheduled on Friday. The player’s union voted to strike late on Wednesday night after reviewing the league’s latest proposal yesterday but both sides... Read more »

Kick-off nears with CBA talks looming

Kick-off nears with CBA talks looming
The Fire’s annual Kick-Off Luncheon is always a place for optimism and well wishes but the possibility of a player’s strike cast a bit of a pall over the proceedings. The event raised over $85,000.00 which will benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation as they expand their P.L.A.Y.S. (Pariticipate, Learn, Achieve, Youth, Soccer) Program. PLAYS is... Read more »
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Fire end preseason with draw

The Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw thanks to a late tying goal from trialist Shahdon Winchester leaving the team with a 1-0-4 preseason record.  Draws in practice matches aren’t a big concern and Frank Yallop is fairly happy with the team’s progress going into the start of the season. “What I... Read more »