Fire Anniversary planning underway

The supporter driven 15th Anniversary party was probably the best Fire-related event of the last several seasons and next year's 20th Anniversary planning is underway.

Join other supporters and Fire guests at the Globe Pub on Sunday at 3:00PM for a few hours of camaraderie and look ahead to the 20th Anniversary gala. You can relive the 1998 US Open Cup with a watch party and participate in raffles to help make the next Anniversary party as successful as the last one.

You can also vote for Section 8 Chicago's Supporters Player of the Year online right here. Voting ends at midnight on October 30.


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  • Hey GR,
    Where can we find all the 2017 Fire players contact info? I'm curious to know how Management has done.

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    I'll have something on that soon.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Ok thanks

  • Hey GR, what are your thoughts on the speculation about Krol returning to the Fire? I'm not familiar with him. He's a LB? Was he good?

  • In reply to SteveGreene13:

    Krol? Seriously?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Apparently so. I saw it on the MLS website in the Kickoff article.

    By your initial reaction I'm guessing he wasn't anything special.

  • In reply to SteveGreene13:

    Also spent some less than stellar time with Montreal.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Do you have any updates for us about the Fire? When is your next story/post coming out?

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    New post on Monday.

    I'm a Cubs fan....I've been distracted.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So have I :)

  • Google translate made the story hard to follow. Wasn't sure who "Christopher King" was at first...

  • Guys

    for years I have wanted to give a report card for each player on the team. I finally have found the time to think about the performance of the various players on the 2016 Fire soccer team. I use the old A thru F system that we used when I was in gramer school;

    David Accam B+ most exciting player on the fire
    Joey Calistri C
    Campbell C+ was good with Kappelhoff
    Connor N/A
    De Leeuw B a good player
    Gehrig D should retire
    Harrington D+ should retire
    Johnson C got screwed by Pauno
    Kappelhof B good signing
    Labroca C should retire
    Lampson C should not have been a starter
    Mclane D
    THIAM C a bad mid season trade
    Alvarez B+ got better each game
    Meira B a warrior
    Solignac C cannot control himself
    Gossens C+ a decent bench player
    Ramos D+ send back to Brazil
    Arshakyan F should not be in league
    Morrell N/a
    Vincent C a bad first round pick
    Cocis C a good bench player
    Polster C+ needs an experienced partner
    Paunovic D the worst coach in the league
    Rodriguez F The worst Gm in the league
    Hauptman F should not be in the league

    A is way above average
    B+ is a very good player
    B above average
    C average
    D below average
    F terrible

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    I don't agree with Cambell as a C. He has been very good defensively all year long. He should be a B. He has played much better than Vincent.

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    In reply to Brokerman:

    Agree with the others that have commented on this and I will add one more: Eric Gehrig. He did not get much playing time this year, but the couple times I saw him, especially in his first appearance, he showed decently well. Not that its an amazing accomplishment considering the back line of the time but remember that he was defender of the year for the 15/16 season and it was deserved. I dont see him as a starter but he is a very capable back up for both CB and RB and a great locker room guy. I strongly feel that every time Harrington saw the field, it should have been Gehrig instead. I have no doubt he could have played at LB at a level higher than Harrington (again, not saying much). I dont think you can sign a much better defender for the price that is also willing to accept the role of a back up so I hope they bring him back and spend the $ on other areas since aside from him we already have 3 other capable CBs.

  • I agree with most of your ratings, but I have a few disagreements too. Here are my revised ratings:

    Johnson: B
    Campbell: B+ (bonus points for rookie)
    Kappelhof: A- (leader on the field)
    Solignac: B (too early to deduct points for missing open shots)
    Vincent: B- (rookie points and overall improvement over course of season)
    Polster: B+ (the guys is a beast)
    Paunovic: C+ (team played well with less talent, results were not there)

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Gotta agree on a higher grade for Polster. He's not shy about getting that ball, or steamrolling someone to do so.

    Pauno...Pauno I would want to see how he does with a roster not picked from the Dollar Menu.

    Hauptman/Andell Holdings has no business owning a Tier One soccer team in the US, but that's just my opinion after seven years.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    Your right. The reason the cubs are so good since their owner has invested money on the team. He was a big cubs fan before he bought the team and fell in love with Wrigley and Baseball. Andrew was never a fan...

  • In reply to Krasov:

    How do you figure that this years team had less talent than 2015?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I think the team that started the season had less latent. The team that finished I think is better than the team that finished last year. Losing Ship and Nyarko was a significant loss. Ship was out of position with the Fire, but he had skills. Nyarko was an assist machine who could control the ball in the box. Accam missed so much of the first half it was if he wasn't there at all. That was really where I came from as far as talent goes.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I look at it as same results same awful talent.

  • Rickets also brought in the top people in the sport to run things: Theo Epstien and Joe Maddon.

    Who does Andrew bring in? A rotating cast of has-beens and unknowns.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Yep. Rickets invested with the team. He was a true fan of the cubs and wanted them to be good.

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    Hey GR,
    In this little lull we are now in devoid of MLS happenings, I've been looking back at some of the fire's trades and aquisitions (non-personnel) and thought this would be a fun one to speculate on:
    Part of the Bedoya deal sent "the Discovery Priority on a player to be named later" to Chicago from Philly. First, this wording is a little odd, you would think they would have agreed on which player it was or else chicago could pick any one of the players philly has a discovery claim on at a later time. I am guessing it means they just didnt want to say who it was. so if thats the case, if you remember, there was a leaked photo of philly's discovery list way back when sooooo... who would you speculate Chicago now has the rights to (I am guessing it wasnt for de Leeuw : ) Options are:
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG striker
    John Terry – Chelsea center back
    Michael de Leeuw – Groningen striker
    Christian Santos – NEC winger
    Thievy Bifouma – Espanyol striker (out on loan)
    Jorge Aparicio – Comunicaciones defensive mid
    Aron Sigurðarson – Tromso winger

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    In reply to Carl Miller:

    heres another to speculate on. In the following link, NR claims they had positive talks with a "prominent south american player" (start at 12:20) before China came in and offered $25million for one season. So who do you think this imaginary player was that will make more than Hulk, the top paid player in the league, that also was interested in coming to chicago....

    I really just posted this to call out NR for what was clearly a lie

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    Yeah I really think that N-Rod is a pathological liar at times.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I could live with that if he was good at his job otherwise. A month ago Casey Keller mentioned on a televised game that Seattle felt they stole Jovean Jones from Chicago, which of course they did, as was noted by many fans at the time.

  • In reply to Celt:

    I don't think Seattle stole JJ from the fire at all. JJ can get forward and send in a cross, but he is not a good defender. He is making WAY too much money. I think the Fire trading him for assists was a good move. There is plenty to criticize when it comes to NR but that move is not one of them. Keller should stick to GK

  • In reply to AJties:

    Assets* not assists

  • In reply to AJties:

    I think Jones is much better than Harrington and Ramos, so yes Seattle got a steal from Chicago IMO.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Joevin Jones would be a big upgrade from Ramos. Ramos gets forward and doesn't do anything. Hopefully Vincent can play better. Can't believe we traded a Harrison.

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    That Philly discovery list that was leaked changed from that time to when the deal was made.

    Fire alr day had "bought" de Leeuw off their list as well.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Interesting, wasnt aware that they change that often. Can you only add to it once a player on it is taken or can you drop players on it any time and add others in their place?
    and yea, I made the comment about de Leeuw as a joke

  • Guys the reason that I gave pauno a D was his move on one of the worst signings in the history of the club Arshakyan . In my opinion he should be on the way back to armenia . I watched his scouting films of him before he came over to the states. He was terrible nothing special. My fear is that between NR and Pauno they will make the major decisions for next year. If I was a half way decent player the last place in the MLS where I would want to play would be under pauno.
    I gave Campbell a C+ because I think he is like Barry He played really good when he had Kappelhoff playing next to him but much worse later in the season when they had to shift Kappelhof
    to the to right back.

  • Guys

    If I was NR I would trade that second worthless frist round pick that they got from Philly plus some of that funny money for any of the following players:

    Marlon Hairston
    Harrison afful
    Patrick Mullins

    Any one of the above players would improve the team in many ways . In fact with the poor history that NR has in picking good players I would trade their first pick for any of the above.

  • Saw Big Red get his penalty stuffed once again. His self confidence in taking those is unwarranted.

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