Archive for January 2016

Fire Confidential Live podcast - Klopas, Schwarz, and more

Fire Confidential Live podcast - Klopas, Schwarz, and more
The 2016 debut of the Fire Confidential Live podcast features former Fire player, Technical Director, and coach Frank Klopas, the Daily Herald’s Orrin Schwarz, match preview writer Martin Tomszak, and new members of the ISA board. The podcast was recorded live during the ISA/Section 8 Chicago Annual General Meeting. If you can get by the... Read more »

Fire add defender Johan Kappelhof

The website for Dutch first division club FC Groningen reported this morning that they have come to an agreement with the Fire on the transfer of defender Johan Kappelhof. The 25 year old Ajax Academy product is mainly a center back but he can play right back if needed. FC Groningen also reports that the... Read more »

Fire notebook - Pause on new role, LaBrocca signs, Kaminski plays, and more on CB's

It didn’t take much thought for Logan Pause to answer a question about whether he preferred the front office or the field. “Yes. Absolutely,” said Pause of his preference for the bench following training earlier this week. Pause is the last link remaining on the first team to the club’s most recent successes but he did... Read more »
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Learning opportunities and optimism abound as Fire camp opens

For Veljko Paunovic, learning doesn’t just apply to the dozen or so players in camp with less than one year of professional experience under their belts. The Fire’s new head coach is planning to take in training sessions and upcoming matches to continue his own soccer education. “If anyone thinks that he knows everything he’s... Read more »

Fire notebook - camp starts, roster moves, Kaminski, and more

The opening of training camp is always full of optimism and this was no different. A new technical staff and many new players reported to the Private Bank Fire Pitch on Monday morning to meet the media. Nelson Rodriguez addressed a series of questions about the roster, the staff, and the outlook for the season.... Read more »

Fire coaching staff set - Pause, Mitrovic officially named as assistants

Veljko Paunovic’s assistant coaches will include Logan Pause and two members of his staff while with the Serbian U20 program. Marko Mitrovic and goalkeeper’s coach Aleksandar Saric round out the match day technical staff. Jordan Webb has been named as the new strength and conditioning coach. Mitrovic’s 14 year career as a midfielder in Serbia,... Read more »
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Fire add Meira, Cocis returns

With training camp opening on Monday, the Fire have added two more signed players to the roster. Midfielder Razvan Cocis is back with the club and 28 year old Portugese center back Joao Meira has officially joined the team. “From our initial planning, we wanted to have Razvan back and are glad that we could... Read more »

Fire notebook - centerbacks, midfielders, Vincents, and more

The name of the European based center back that Nelson Rodriguez referred to last week as one player that the club had reached an agreement with could be Portugese defender Joao Meira. Reports out of Portugal quote the 28 year old player as saying that he  is happy to be joining a club on the... Read more »

Fire add Harrington, McLain to roster

The Fire continue making additions to the roster with defender Michael Harrington and goalkeeper Patrick McLain officially announced this morning. Harrington, a veteran MLS free agent with nine years under his belt, can play both full back spots. He has played for Sporting Kansas City, Portland, and Colorado over the span of those nine season.... Read more »
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Fire targeting Polish center back

With a flurry of activity yesterday at the SuperDraft the Fire strengthened their defense but General Manager Nelson Rodriguez has alluded to additional reinforcements on the way. The club has come to an agreement with one center back from outside of MLS and is pursuing another. The deal for the first player technically hasn’t been... Read more »