Archive for August 2015

Fire notebook - International call ups, injuries, Montreal and more

The Fire will go into next Saturday’s match against the Montreal Impact without several key players. David Accam, Joevin Jones, and Matt Polster are all first team selections that will be out due to international duty. The Fire have two games in Montreal on the schedule and a win in this game can put more... Read more »

Fire 1 Orlando City 1 - recap and ratings

For a while it seemed that the stars were lining up for the Fire to make an unlikely jump into the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Montreal, New York City FC, and Philadelphia had a all lost and a Chicago victory over Orlando City meant a leap above the red line. As has... Read more »

Fire v Orlando City match preview

The Fire have a golden opportunity to break a long winless stretch away from home against an expansion team struggling mightily of late. Martin Tomszak is back to take another look at Orlando City. What Are They All About? Orlando City SC And just like that, the play off dream has been reignited! Well, unless... Read more »
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Fire 3 Red Bulls 2 -recap and ratings

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MLS is hard to figure sometimes and the Fire are even more perplexing. After defeating front running FC Dallas at Toyota Park on August 2, Chicago proceeded to drop two games to Philadelphia and another to Western Conference bottom dwellers Colorado. The New York Red Bulls entered this game riding a five game unbeaten string,... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

With the Fire playing New York Red Bulls three times over the last ten matches of the season playoff miracles don’t seem likely. Martin Tomszak previews the first of those three encounters and I’m not sure if his prediction is tongue-in-cheek or just a statement regarding the unpredictability of MLS. I think it’s the latter.... Read more »

Fire notebook - transfers, injuries, and blackouts

Frank Yallop’s weekly press conference call centered around the impending transfer of Shaun Maloney to Hull City. On Monday, Yallop said that he hoped the deal would be completed within the next “24-48” hours. The reasons for moving Maloney continued to be a topic of conversation and Yallop clarified the Fire’s side of the story. “He... Read more »
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Rapids 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

Rapids 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings
As the Fire continue to slide towards the worst season in club history one has to wonder just how bad this is going to get. After dropping out of the US Open Cup with a whimper, they followed that with what could have been a five or six goal onslaught from the same Philadelphia team... Read more »

Fire v Rapids match preview

It’s another battle of the titans. With eleven games left in the Fire’s season every match is a must win. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Colorado Rapids, a team sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference. What Are They All About? Colorado Rapids Preview Two goals from Kennedy Igboananike, fighting spirit, a... Read more »

Maloney transfer to Hull City near

The Fire’s top target this past winter, the center piece of an offseason rebuilding program, lasted less than one full season with the club. Shaun Maloney has been transferred to Hull City after only 14 regular season appearances in which he produced a meager 3 goals and 2 assists. Frank Yallop told the Daily Herald... Read more »
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Fire Notebook - Maloney saga continues, Injury updates, and staying positive

The Fire returned to Chicago Monday after Sunday’s draw against the Philadelphia Union, as they prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids this Saturday at Toyota Park. Tuesday afternoon, the conversation on Fire head coach Frank Yallop’s weekly conference call was weighted towards the rumors of Shaun Maloney departing Chicago for Hull City, but Yallop... Read more »