Archive for February 2016

Fire Confidential Live podcast with guest Nelson Rodriguez

Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez joins us in the latest Fire Confidential Live podcast. Rodriguez addresses the Harry Shipp trade, Collin Fernandez’s development, possible upcoming transfers, all that allocation money, and more.

Fire trade to Shipp to Montreal

Fire Confidential has learned that midfielder Player Harry Shipp has been traded to the Montreal Impact in exchange for a combination of General Allocation and Targeted Allocation Money. In his third season with Chicago, Shipp has had some ups and downs since signing as the club’s third ever Homegrown Player in 2014. He provided 7... Read more »

Fire beat Union 4-2, plus roster notes, rumors, and more

Preseason is off to a promising start with a second consecutive win and a good showing. The Fire defeated Philadelphia 4-2 on the strength of a strong second half performance and David Accam’s ability to create with pace. Accam scored twice in the first half, but the Fire put the game away by the 64th... Read more »

Fire v Union - preseason match preview

The Fire face Philadelphia on Thursday at 3pm (stream at in their second match of preseason. Martin Tomszak takes a look at Chicago’s first test against MLS competition this year. What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union Possession, passing, fluidity and goals! The Chicago Fire put together a dominating preseason performance on Saturday beating... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic on roster youth, line up choices, new trialists, and more

The Fire are following Saturday’s 3-0 win over the University of South Florida with a game against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Veljko Paunovic told reporters during his weekly conference call this morning that he is very happy with the first phase of training camp so far. “We’re starting the third week... Read more »

Fire drop USF 3-0 in preseason opener

There wasn’t much trouble dispatching the University of South Florida in Veljko Paunovic’s Chicago coaching debut. The Fire controlled the play from start to finish and comfortably defeated their first opponent of the preseason by a 3-0 score. Trialist Arturo Alvarez made a case for a permanent spot on the roster with the opening goal... Read more »

Fire v USF preseason match preview

Match preview guru Martin Tomszak kicks off 2016 with a University of South Florida…yes, a University of South Florida match preview. The new regime’s competitive debut should provide some interesting insight into what’s to come in the week’s ahead. What Are They All About? University of South Florida After what seems like an eternity, the... Read more »

Frank Klopas on the Fire, his time in Montreal, owners, and more

Recording a live podcast during an event such as last weekend’s ISA Annual General Meeting has its challenges. The biggest hurdle is providing clear, audible, content throughout all of the segments. The latest Fire Confidential Live podcast featured an interview with former Fire player, Technical Director, and Head Coach Frank Klopas that was obscured by... Read more »

Fire add right back Ramos on loan

The makeover of the back line is nearly complete. The Fire have announced the addition of right back Rodrigo Ramos on loan from Coritiba Football Club in Brazil’s first division. The twenty year old has come up through Coritiba’s youth system and was a member of the runner-up Brazilian side that fell to Veljko Paunovic’s... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic on first week, Shipp's position, and more

The Fire are beginning the next phase of training camp in Tampa, Florida. Training is underway ahead of the first preseason match of the year on Saturday against the University of South Florida. Coach Veljko Paunovic provided an update via a media conference call on Monday afternoon. ‘We are preparing good today in two sessions... Read more »