Archive for May 2016

Source: Gilberto likely done in Chicago

The Fire return to full training next Monday after taking a week off during MLS’ “Copa America break”. One player that is not likely to be back at Toyota Park with the squad is Brazilian forward and Designated Player Gilberto. Following last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers, coach Veljko Paunovic told media that... Read more »

Fire 1 Timbers 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire continued to shows some signs of improvement at home in this match. The effort didn’t result in three points but the overall play was a step up over ninety minutes in comparison to the 1-0 win against Houston last week. The Fire need wins at home to stay in contention in a weak... Read more »

Fire v Timbers match preview

What Are They All About? Portland Timbers Preview Sweet, sweet victory! Fans of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club were pinching themselves after the final whistle of Saturday’s match as the jumbotron proclaimed a 1-0 victory for the Fire over Houston. More important than the result was the performance as Chicago peppered Houston’s net with twenty... Read more »
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Fire notebook - injury updates, Timbers, formations, and more

Veljko Paunovic’s weekly conference call featured an injury update on players who were not available for the Houston match, a discussion about formation and system, and look ahead to the Portland Timbers on Saturday. Here are the highlights: On team injury updates “Collin Fernandez will do some preparation. He will rest a couple of days... Read more »

Fire 1 Dynamo 0 - recap and ratings

Fire 1 Dynamo 0 - recap and ratings
It may have come against the team with the second lowest point total in MLS but the Fire had what was probably their best overall performance of the season in this much needed 1-0 victory. The 4-3-3 alignment that looked lethargic against New England worked well enough in this match. Chicago outshot Houston 20 to... Read more »

Fire v Dynamo match preview

Before the match preview, or along with it, you can catch audio of Nelson Rodriguez’s media roundtable over at the Fire Confidential Live podcast page. Now for the match. What Are They All About? Houston Dynamo Preview Sweet Home Chicago. After an extensive road trip that saw the Chicago Fire traverse all over North America... Read more »
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Fire charitable event took a scary turn in April

It’s been a difficult year for the Fire on and off the pitch so far. A recent charitable event took a frightening turn last month. During the Fire’s Habitat for Humanity service on April 20 two shootings occurred in the vicinity of the West Pullman site in which the team was working. The incidents occurred... Read more »

Fire notebook - USOC, MLSPU salaries

The draw for third and fourth round US Open Cup match-ups took place this morning. The Fire will face the winner of the June 1 third round game between USL’s Louisville City FC and NASL’s Indy Eleven. Should Indy Eleven win that match they will face the Fire at Toyota Park on June 15. A... Read more »

Red Bulls 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

David Accam returned to starting line-up, Sean Johnson was back in goal, and the Fire even registered two shots on goal but that wasn’t enough to overcome one mistake in a 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. A 30th consecutive road match without a win continues to tack on to an already dubious... Read more »
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Fire v Red Bulls match preview

What Are They All About? New York Red Bull Preview Goose egg. No, that is not a misspelling of Chicago Fire newcomer John Goossens. It is the number of points that Chicago came away with in their last match. As it happens it is also the number of goals scored in that match, and most... Read more »