Archive for May 2016

Fire finally add Michael de Leeuw

Fire finally add Michael de Leeuw
After months of pursuit the Fire have finally announced the signing of Dutch attacker Michael de Leeuw. FC Groningen’s leading scorer this past season scored 9 times and added 2 assists over 29 Eredivisie contests. He is the Dutch league’s second leading goal scorer over the last five seasons with 56 tallies over that span.... Read more »

Fire notebook - Thiam's debut, Accam's return, NYRB, and more

The Fire will try to avoid a 30th consecutive match without a win on the road against another struggling side in the New York Red Bulls. The defending Supporter’s Shield winners are leaking goals and already have seven losses on the season. Veljko Paunovic was asked about New York and several other topics during his... Read more »

Revolution 2 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

The 4-3 loss to the start the season at home was a let down but after an encouraging second half against Vancouver on Wednesday night, this 2-0 defeat may have been the most disappointing effort and result of the season so far. There was an improvement in terms of possession numbers (51-49 to NE) but... Read more »

Fire v Revolution match preview

What Are They All About? New England Revolution Preview This Wednesday the Chicago Fire lost to the Vancouver White Caps in what has become a typical scenario for the team, a valiant effort that falls just short of producing a positive result. Veljko Paunovic said his team was close to winning the match but that... Read more »

Gilberto's lack of production examined

Gilberto's lack of production examined
It’s no secret that the Fire have been looking to add some punch to the attack. The roster is thin at the forward position. Kennedy Igboananike has had his moments this season but without David Accam for most of the early going Chicago has looked to their third Designated Player to deliver. So far, Gilberto... Read more »

If not May for de Leeuw, then July?

The Fire are in need of scoring punch and the transfer deadline pursuit of Kei Kamara by clubs like Vancouver and New England spurred fan hopes via social media that Chicago would enter the fray for his services. That was never likely, given that the Fire currently have all three Designated Player spots spoken for. The... Read more »

Whitecaps 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire are now sole holders of the longest consecutive road winless streak in MLS history. A remarkable 28 game run without a win away from home was capped by a loss reminiscent of many others over the last three seasons. Lackluster play (in the first half), a decent run that wasn’t quite good enough... Read more »

Fire v Whitecaps match preview

What Are They All About? Vancouver Whitecaps Preview Sir, you’re going to have to check that bag. After a lackluster 1-1 draw at home to DC and a “competitive” training week the Chicago Fire are staring in the face of a three game road trip that will give some of the newcomers quite the intro... Read more »

Fire notebook - Vancouver, road trip, Accam/Thiam status

The Fire head into a busy stretch after having to sit idle for two of the last three weekends. A good test comes Wednesday night in Vancouver with a game in New England following on Saturday. The team will be on the road for more than one solid week ahead of another Wednesday/Friday combination during... Read more »

Fire officially add Thiam via loan deal

The arrival of Khaly Thiam in Chicago adds another midfield option for Veljko Paunovic. Thiam has been acquired on loan from Hungarian side MTK Budapest but in similar fashion to another Fire target, Michael de Leeuw, a competing MLS club held his Discovery Rights. In exchange for that, Chicago sent a conditional 2017 second round... Read more »