Archive for August 2015

Fire 3 Union 3 - recap and ratings

With both teams needing a win to keep faint playoff hopes alive the 9th and 10th place teams in the Eastern Conference came up even. The Fire mostly have Sean Johnson to thank for helping them avoid a second consecutive loss in Philadelphia so any congratulatory plaudits regarding the bounce back effort following the USOC... Read more »

Fire v Union - rematch preview

Who’s excited for this return match-up between the the ninth and tenth place teams in the Eastern Conference? Somebody? Anybody? There are twelve games remaining and they’re going to be played so Martin Tomszak is taking a look at the Union again. What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union Preview Somewhere in Chicago there is... Read more »

Union 1 Fire 0 - USOC semifinal flame out

With a near full complement of players, the season on the line, and a chance to host the US Open Cup Final at home, one would have expected this match to feature an all-out effort worthy of carrying or at least acknowledging the weight of this match from the Fire. That wasn’t the case. Despite... Read more »

Fire v Union - USOC semifinal match preview

What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union Preview This is a season defining moment for the Chicago Fire. There is no room for cute quips or funny intros to this week’s preview; it’s time for the squad to show that it has some character and pride left and get it done. Chicago takes on the... Read more »

Fire notebook - USOC semifinal, Accam's status, Maloney's Hull City offer, and more

Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being. During his weekly conference call, Frank Yallop told reporters that David Accam has returned to training and is expected to be available for the US Open Cup semifinal match in Philadelphia. “He trained today, we’ll see how he reacts tomorrow to it but we’re... Read more »

Timbers 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

Following last weekend’s impressive victory over FC Dallas wasn’t going to be easy on the road in Portland. The Fire weren’t able to build on that in this match and instead reverted to the form that they’ve displayed for a most of the season, particularly in the final third. With the US Open Cup semifinal... Read more »

Fire v Timbers match preview

The Fire added Trinidad & Tobago centerback Daneil Cyrus on loan from W Connection to bolster the back line but the biggest player news could be the debut of Gilberto in Portland. With the transfer window now closed it’s time to focus on the games again. Martin Tomszak is back with a look at the... Read more »

Fire notebook - Gilberto arrives, Chicharito does not

With the transfer deadline coming up at 4 pm on Thursday it might be a good time for a recap of the all news and non-news surrounding the Fire in the last day. Here’s a rundown: Gilberto has joined the team in Portland. The Fire will train on Thursday at 6 cdt before the match... Read more »

Fire notebook - tactics, FCD win, USOC, injury and transfer window update

The Fire finally had all of their first choice starters back and available on Sunday afternoon and that coupled with a tactical shift resulted in a win against one of the best teams in MLS at the moment. During his weekly conference call, Frank Yallop explained that what worked against Dallas may not be what... Read more »

Fire 2 FC Dallas 0 - recap and ratings

Fire 2 FC Dallas 0 - recap and ratings
With thirteen games remaining in the season, time will do some damage to the Fire’s playoff dreams but a nearly complete and healthy roster showed what they’re capable of on Sunday night. A 2-0 win over the top team in the Western Conference and a club that had won five consecutive matches highlighted much of... Read more »