Archive for August 2016

Fire 2 Orlando City 2- recap and ratings

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The opportunity to stay mathematically in the race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot will exist for a while. There are 12 games left in the season following the Fire’s 2-2 draw against another team struggling to stay alive in the weaker of MLS’ two conferences. The Fire are within eight points of the “red... Read more »

Fire v Orlando City match preview

What Are They All About? Orlando City SC And so it ends. Just six months after the start of the Chicago Fire season it has essentially come to an end. On Tuesday night Veljko Paunovic and the Fire were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup by New England. It was their fourth consecutive semifinal... Read more »

Fire sale? - at least three groups interested

As the Fire wind down another disappointing year this offseason may prove to be very interesting on and off the pitch. Not only does the club need to make smart use of the mounds of General Allocation and Targeted Allocation Money that they have amassed over the last two seasons, they must move toward repairing... Read more »

Fire flop in USOC Semifinal.....again

Let the 2017 preseason begin. For the fourth consecutive year the Fire came agonizingly close to returning to the US Open Cup Final and for the fourth straight time they bowed out with a whimper. The build up to this match was centered around the realization that this game could salvage the season but the... Read more »

Fire v Revolution USOC Semifinal match preview

What Are They All About? Chicago Fire Open Cup Preview On Saturday night the Chicago Fire drew closer to the inevitability of missing the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. Mathematical probability suggests that a less than 5% chance of reaching the post season still exists but you’ll have a hard time discussing that number... Read more »

Fire notebook - USOC Semifinal edition

There’s a lot riding on Tuesday’s US Open Cup Semifinal (7:00, ESPN2). With a victory the Fire will host the Final in September against the winner of Wednesday’s Los Angeles Galaxy/FC Dallas contest, along with snapping the embarrassing 38-game winless streak across all competitions. Beating their long-time rival on the road to advance to a... Read more »

Real Salt Lake 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

This one was always going to be a warm-up for Tuesday’s US Open Cup Semifinal in New England. Any result here would have been a bonus with heavy squad rotation planned in preparation for the important upcoming contest. Veljko Paunovic didn’t go with a full reserve side but the result was what most expected. Another... Read more »

Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview

What Are They All About? Real Salt Lake   The Chicago Fire drew New York Red Bulls this past Sunday in a match that was a microcosm of their season. An inauspicious start courtesy of a Matt Polster own goal before a David Accam equalizer and a redemptive Polster strike into the correct net sent... Read more »

Rodriguez on Bedoya, TAM/GAM, Academy changes, January window, and more

Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez spoke to media today about the acquisitions and trades over the last day along with a variety of other topics. He initially announced that Khaly Thiam has been suspended for one game by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his tackle on Dax McCarty in Sunday’s game. You can listen to... Read more »

Fire add to attack with Arshakyan, Solignac

Two more forwards were added to the roster as the summer transfer window comes to a close. As expected, the Fire acquired 6′-4″ Armenian striker David Arshakyan in a transfer move from Lithuanian A Lyga side FK Trakai. He will be available for selection once his Visa and ITC are received. The 21-year old has... Read more »