Fire in pursuit of Nemanja Nikolic

Fire in pursuit of Nemanja Nikolic

December has arrived and the transfer mill is beginning to gear up. A report from ESPNFC this morning tabbed the Fire as a suitor for Legia Warsaw striker Nemanja Nikolic. Sources have indicated to Fire Confidential that the club is indeed interested in Nikolic and is pursuing a move. As indicated in the original report, there are other teams interested in Nikolic as well. Hull City has been a rumored destination since summer.

Nikolic is under contract until 2018 at Legia Warsaw in Poland's first division where he has scored 50 goals in 83 appearances across all competitions over two seasons. Any move would require a transfer fee and he would potentially fill one of the Fire's two available Designated Player spots. He'll turn 29 on December 31.

At 5'-11" he isn't a big target man but he is a center forward who appears to have the skill set that would be compatible with Michael de Leeuw playing as a shadow striker in a 4-2-3-1. The deal isn't done yet however.

As for the Fire's other big DP chase, league and team discussions continue with Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German midfielder made a 4-minute appearance for Manchester United yesterday but his limited return to the pitch won't change the plan to continue pursuit. The matter of Schweinsteiger's existing contract buy-out still needs to be resolved and there could be a transfer fee involved there as well. If he does sign with MLS, his total cost will exceed the $16.5m/3-year deal initially reported.

The Fire will still have Targeted Allocation Money to spend on other players even if both top DP targets are signed. The next ten days should yield even more news with the Fire expected to be active in the league transfer department ahead of the Expansion Draft.

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  • I'm polish and to have someone playing in the Polish league coming here is pretty exciting since I sometimes watch it. I know that he has some relationship with Arturo when they both played in the Hungarian league, so there is some chemistry there. He also has a decent scoring record in each team he was with so it might carry over here if he joins.

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    Would be a great signing. He's definitely above most MLS Fowards.

  • "50 goals in 83 appearances across all competitions over two seasons" - yes, that'll do.

  • Nemanja Nikolic looks to be a perfect fit for MLS. I think he would be a great signing. Going back a few comments about the PDL league, I cannot believe that this front office has completely gutted a successful academy/PDL program. For what purpose? If they really are about building a program from the ground up why are they destroying the initial building blocks that were just about the only successful part of the Fire organization. Ugh!! I am losing faith in these guys faster and faster. Honestly, if I see another interview or press conference with NR where he speaks in his polished style but basically says the same stuff he has been saying since the day he was introduced, I will pray that he gets strep throat and can no longer speak. Other than making some good moves on day one of draft day, I have not been impressed by this front office. If the GAM/TAM stockpile is not used to bring in better players, what is the point?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    not having a PDL team in the future sounds a lot like purse tightening and is definitely not helpful if the team wants to be able to build from within. The only reason I can think of for doing that is because maybe that's the only way Hauptman is willing to pay the $16.5M to Schweinsteiger and what ever Nikolic is going to cost. If that's the case, then turning around this losing ship and the resulting merchandise sales from it might bring enough money to restart the PDL team in the future... Pure speculation though...

  • Do Schweini and Nikolic push the Fire into the 2017 playoffs?

  • In reply to go fire:

    that gets them close.....if Schweinsteiger stays healthy

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    More depth then they can get into the playoffs.

  • In reply to go fire:

    its definitely a strong way towards the playoffs from what seems to be a strong striker. I know nothing about Nikolic though... Some depth as Ahan mentions and Schweinsteiger staying healthy as Guillermo mention will be key. But I'm more excited for the beginning of next season if we can land these two.

  • Hey Guillermo, what's the story with people tweeting the #cf97 hashtag with no other content? Is this a way of calling out the dearth of news?

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    no idea

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    are you referring to Guillermo's twitter feed on the site? If so, those are retweets. If you look at the tweets on twitter you'll see the content, but for whatever reason it doesn't show in the embedded section of this page.

  • In reply to edubs:

    I can see the context on my screen. Are you guys having a problem seeing my twitter feed here?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    As edubs said, can't see some retweets - just "#cf97". Latest example is your retweet of Sandalow's retweet of @jenkifoci about Nikolic.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I just assumed it was something with the chicagonow website and how its rss feed deals with twitter retweets. Its possible that its my works firewall though too...

  • GR - Any rumblings of preseason? Do you know where the team might be headed since it seems like they are not gong to Arizona and Portland. That only leaves Disney World and Charleston as possible preseason tourneys left, I believe.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I'll ask

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    In reply to penapirata:

    I live in Charleston. The Carolina cup challenge this year is already set with the Battery, Seattle, Columbus, and Atlanta. Was awesome the couple years Chicago came. Tournament style is really fun too with double headers each night (i.e. about 5 hours of hanging out and watching soccer).
    Soooo... you bring up a good point, not much left that they can do for preseason. Maybe they will just scrimmage their PDL team, ooooh wait : )

  • Per Sam Stejskal, the Fire are close to trading Sean Johnson to Atlanta for GAM......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/01/stejskal-atlanta-near-deal-johnson-nagbe-rumors-drogba-done-mtl

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Wait so if Johnson leaves that meansGuzman might come to us?

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Guzan*

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    You mean the egghead

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Or rather, Mega-Me (heh heh heh...)

  • In reply to Heroic Oaf:

    Haha

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    It's possible, but several things need to happen. If he decides to come to MLS this January both Atlanta and Minnesota would be ahead of them in the allocation order.
    You have to wonder if Atlanta will pass since they're getting Johnson. That would mean they could trade one-on-one with Minnesota for their spot, which would enable them to get Guzan.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    #freejohnson (don't have a 1 track mind, people)

    Great draft pick by the Fire and a very good player over the years. Turns out the fans were right early this year (which is generally the case when it comes to the Fire), wondering why the hell he was benched. He earned the starting role back and deserves to get released from working for a coach that doesn't/didn't believe in him. I wish him well in Atlanta.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    As much as I love Sean Johnson and feel he has been our best player for the last 2 terrible years we have had. He has probably earned at least 15 points for us over that stretch. Considering we have only earned 61, that is pretty incredible. I hope he gets to go to a place, Atlanta, where he wants to be. He has deserved it and doesn't deserve to be on this dumpster fire of a team. I'll always have that milk carton that he signed for me.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Will miss the Milkman but this is a great move for him. he needed a change desperatley and a move back home and a chance to link back up with Aron Hyde...I expect big things from him next season.

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    Agreed. Good move for him.

  • Would this team get in the playoffs.? Idk who will be the rb so I won't include that position

    Guzan,Cambelhof, Vincent,Accam,Polster, Bastian, Alvarez, de leuw, Nikolic

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    maybe...would be in the running

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    More depthand a new RB.

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Do the Fire have enough funny money to make that happen? For the Fire to land Guzan, Schweini, and Nikolic they would need to buy down Accam's contract to open up that 3rd DP slot. How much would they need for that? 400K?

  • In reply to edubs:

    Guzan would be a TAM player. No need to buy Accam down.

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    No, they can't play with 10 players the whole season and hope to keep up with 11 men on every other team.

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Love the "Cambelhof" combo at CB. I think the lineup you needs more speed. Vincent is not fast (or at least never shows his speed). Alvarez is someone who is a good player but cannot carry the team or cover the right side on his own. I think he is an asset, but he would be the first upgrade to your line-up that I would make. Draft the next Nyarko for the right side and see what happens as the rookie and Alvarez share time.

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Also, draft a right back with some speed.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Yeah ur right I was thinking the same thing since nyarko was traded. Alvarez is getting old for his position

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    In reply to Firefan5819:

    still no #10. Still no lrumors about them chasing a play maker even though NR has continually said that thats their top priority.

  • Our last two imports from Poland were Kristof Krol and Tomasz Frankowski.

    Krol is not even worth discussing.

    Frankowski's numbers in the 9 years before he came to the Fire in 2007 were impressive: 126 goals in 222 appearances (.57 GPG). If you only look at his appearances in the Polish league with Krakow (1998-2005), his numbers were more impressive (.66 GPG). Nikolic clocked .6 GPG over the last two seasons. He scored 87 goals in 149 games from 2010-2015 at Videoton in Hungary (.58 GPG - in the Hungarian league from which we got Khaly Thiam). So numbers not very different from TF, really, though you could argue that the Polish league is stronger. Not sure it's enough stronger to make any kind of argument about Nikolic being better than Frankowski.

    I'm sure there are fans who are excited to have a familiar face, but I would hardly count him as "a proven goalscorer" in the class of players that other MLS teams have been able to get. And even if you make that argument, let's face it, there are no guarantees. MLS is not the Polish league - there are huge cultural, geographic, social, and climate issues for any player coming in. I don't care about some English club allegedly trying to sign him. He still has to show up and prove that he can make it in this league, with this team.

    And frankly, the FO does not have a record of making great selections on a regular basis. So, yeah, I'm highly skeptical about the prospects of a Nikolic showing up and taking the team to the playoffs after so many years of mediocrity.

  • Guzan would be that much less than howard? That seems low. But if we could get guan for less then accam, I would do it hands down.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Totally wasn't Sean on like 250,00 dollars a year? Guzan would be maybe like on 450,000 but he brings that reputation that will attract more fans and he loves the city because it's his hometown.

  • While nikolic is being scouted, the fire should take a look at Pazadan. He was really good in the Euros and he is Polish so he will also attract Polish fans. This way we could Kappelhof in rb what do you guys think?

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    In reply to Firefan5819:

    Kappelhof is capable at RB but it is a waste of one of the top CBs in the league. Chicago's goals against average skyrocketed once they broke up the Kappleholf and Campbell CB tandem.

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    Kappelhof is a better center back.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Thank you!

  • I'm sorry but I just can't get excited about anything that's happening with the Fire anymore. To me, it appears they are making a show (as usual) of maneuvering for the "big" additions while simultaneously stripping things down to the minimum. My gut tells me this means they may very well be working on a deal to sell and relocate the franchise.

    Given the state of things, that might be best for us all because surely MLS would immediately establish a new team in Chicago and it couldn't be worse than (or even nearly as bad as) the current Fire even if they wanted it to be. A new franchise would, presumably, be free of the Bridgeview entanglements and it would defy belief to think that a new owner (from ANYWHERE) would or could perform as poorly as the Andell Holdings ownership has.

    I find myself checking in here 2 or 3 times daily. I'm not interested in the moves the Fire are rumored to be making although they are mildly amusing. But I'm really hoping to see some major announcement of either a change in ownership, decommissioning or moving the franchise.

    All these player personnel rumors don't seem a bit different than the smoke and mirror show Andell Holdings has been marketing here for years. I can follow this in the media like a comic strip, for laughs. But I can't invest financially or emotionally anymore. Over the last month of this past season I found myself not even watching the games for free on TV much anymore. I am happy for the players who escape this mess and sad for those stuck here or somehow drawn into this quicksand. I don't see how this can last much longer.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I feel your pain, but I am not as far down the path toward total annihilation of the franchise. I am still very much emotionally invested in the team and simply would like a new owner. Here is my Fire wish list for X-Mas:

    1. New Owner and public humilation of AH (It is not enough for him to leave as he should be banned from all sports for the rest of his life.)
    2. Sign Schwieni
    3. Sign Guzan (He should recognize his power and force the allocation to Chicago.)
    4. Sign Nikolic
    5. Draft an awesome RB or RW who is as fast as Accam
    6. Build a Hyperloop from The Globe to TP with no wait lines getting into the stadium.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Signing Guzan will be a mistake. He is too much money and he isn't a Nuer. We should settle for Steve Clark at the espansiom draft. Much less and he is still a good goalie. I think Columbus will expose him. We can throw in Meira and GAM for a deal.

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Would much rather see a 3 way deal trading out lampson to get someone exposed through the expansion draft. But considering they only get 5 players, i doubt either expansion club would trade one of those picks for GAM or Meira.

  • In reply to edubs:

    We wont get a goalie from an expansion team we will get one from another club for a draft pick or a player. Lots of team will have goalies exposed especially McMath and we will protect Lamp.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Franchise won't move....MLS isn't going to go without a Chicago market.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I agree with this. Imagine how big of a black eye the league would have if it failed in the nation's 3rd largest market.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Well, actually, the league hasn't failed in the Chicago market, this franchise is failing in the Chicago market. And, except that the league must have approved the sale to Andell, the failure is entirely on the Fire. And there was a rumor (yeah, I know about rumors) somewhere just the other day that suggested a possible sale and relocate. Naturally, MLS would immediately look to establish a new Chicago club if that were to happen. The only problem with MLS in Chicago is the current franchise/misadventure.

    Although I don't pretend to understand the workings of MLS, it seems to me that a sale and relocation of the Fire might hold greater possibilities of freeing the club from the Bridgeview issues.

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    In reply to Arklow:

    it would not relieve any new club from the bridge view lease. bridge view and mls signed the deal

  • I would much rather have Clark than have Guzman
    1) Guzman is more twice of Sean Johnsons cost and it's not like he is a Rimando or Robles-he is not that great.
    2) Clark is a very good cheap goalie and he has great distribution something which Pauno wants. The Egghead is more expensive than Clark and Clark is still a fantastic goalie. I think Columbus will espouse Steve Clark at the draft...

  • So any word on the Fire actually going out and getting a true game breaking #10?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    We will see true peace, trust and harmony between democrats and republicans before that ever happens under this regime...

    They made an overture to Schweinie to show some effort but plan B will be someone from the Finnish or Moldovan 2nd division you have to find a Wikipedia profile on after you say who the heck is that?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Define "breaking."

    We have had midfielders who have busted things, and we've had some who were busts... is that not good enough?

    Not during the A(G)H regime - Ain't (G)onna Happen. You'll get your $400K winger/DM/whateverer turned central player and you will like it.

  • Looks like this Schweinsteiger deal is not going to happen. Mourinho is starting to take a shine to the old guy. Should be interesting to see who the Fire have as plan "B" guys. Any rumors out there?

  • In reply to go fire:

    i've been following that as well... I'm hoping things still work out for us... but the more Mourinho plays him, the less likely it will be... He still hasn't started yet though. Unfortunately, I doubt anything will be announced either way until the January transfer window.

  • In reply to edubs:

    I know Fellaini didn't do much to claim the backup midfield role this past weekend. Hopefully they don't start pushing Bastian into that spot. The Fire need a transfer "win", and I think Bastian would do that.

  • In reply to AJties:

    agreed, and I think the fact that Bastian has gotten back on the bench, and some playing time with Mourinho considering a bigger role for him is exactly why we should want him here. Plus I know of at least one person who would buy his jersey day one :)

  • In reply to go fire:

    Posturing. Looking for a transfer fee. Schweinsteiger wasn't on the bench for a league match yesterday.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Seems as though other teams have no issue paying transfer fees over $1 million. How come paying transfer fees is hard for Andy and Co.?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Its hard to give up that money when you spend so much more money scouting good players. They work extremely hard for that money each day and that why they are cautious to spend it.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Does the league pay a portion of the transfer fee?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    They paid approx $3m for Accam. Nikolic will also be in that range.

    MLS involved with Schweinsteiger.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Sorry, forgot about that.

  • What is this transfer fee of which you speak?

  • Is that the thing Atlanta just paid that was larger than the transfer fee Arsonal offered Lanus for a young stud #10?

  • guys I hate to say this but I am so reminded of last year when we were chasing the polish center back. Can anyone honestly tell me why a player would choose the Chicago Frie over a premier team? Hull city is in the worlds best league. The Chicago Fire are the worst team with the worst mangement in a mid level league. How could this Polish player choose Chicago . On the other hand why would the captain of the German team who is trying to get time on Manchester United leave that atmosphere to practice in a parking lot. The entire local situation is a joke. On the other hand what in the earth is Atlanta doing.I cannot wait to see them play. I am one of those weird guys that watches the South American leagues. Almiron is a young Giovinco. Atlanta seem to be stealing incredible talent especially right where the Chicago Fire should be strong in south and central america. I know that Guillermo never says don't not buy your tickets but I would suggest to fans that they are helping andell maintain this joke while the fans of chicago are going to be suffering thru another season like we have had in the past. How about a pod cast with witfield.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Nikolic didn't choose the Fire beat him to it. Plus he wasn't going to play at Hull City. The term beat to it is a one to understand but he may be coming in one of the transfer windows this offseason.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Schweinsteiger retired from the german national team. He no longer needs to play in the premier league because he wants to be on the National Team. He's won the World Cup, Bundesliga, and Champions League. He really doesn't have much more to conquer. If he has a desire to live in the US, this is a good way to do that. If the only team that he really wanted to play on in the Premier league was Man U, and he's done that, why not come to the US where you can be a star for the next 5 years?

  • In reply to edubs:

    5 years? With his health? Playing all those games on turf? That's pretty optimistic.

    Schweini would be a 2 year project at most given the tight purse strings AH keeps. Which is about as much as you'd want to risk on his knees.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    First time for everything--I agree with you Brokerman, as to the South American appreciation. It's frustrating to me that the owner largely ignores South America, ever since we got burned with some Uruguayans. True, Ramos comes to us from Brazil, but he's really been it lately. Our most recent tack has taken us almost exclusively to Europe. I would love to see Latin Americans in the side, but don't expect that from this steering committee. Atlanta, on the other hand, looks like they're going to get well stocked with Latin Americans. Oh, but I disagree that "Atlanta seem[s] to be stealing incredible talent." Paying $8M for Almirón is paying market rate, not stealing.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Atlanta has an ownership group that literally has billions of dollars of disposable cash. AH is very smart, very well-educated, but he does not have anywhere near the financial resources available that is available to Atlanta. I do not believe that AH has a passion to bring a winning team to Chicago. That is the real test. Does he want to win or does he want to increase his return on investment? As a fan, I would like to know because my passion for the team is not financial. I think, to put it in a financial term, as a loyal customer, AH should let his customer know what he has planned for the future so I can decide whether I want to buy more of what he is selling or not. Given the lack of clarity, the constantly changing staff/front office/messaging, I don't think he knows or wants to know how to build a team. Am I done? No, but my only hope is that a new ownership group steps in because until AH is no longer affiliated with the club, the club will just plod along with no strategy other than to put 11 guys on the field and keep fingers crossed that we get a tie. I am convinced that the Fire will not win or even truly compete until AH is gone.

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    Hey Guillermo, I think we have been over this already but I can't remember. Is there any advantage to Chicago having the top allocation slot right now? Can still sign someone on the list that is currently out of contract right now even though its not a transfer window or no? I just saw the news that BVB intend to loan out Junior Flores for the remainder of his contract. Admittedly, I have not seen much of him but if hes at all decent it probably wouldnt be hard to get them to mutually terminate the remainder of his contract if he had another one with Chicago lined up... (although if contacting BVB, the better option would just be to forgo the allocation list and grab Joe Gyau who only has 6 months left on his contact...would fill the need of speed on the wings.)

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    They have the top allocation spot until Dec 31. Unless someone comes available via contract termination or something of that nature, the top spot isn't likely to be used before the end of the year. They'll be at #3 come January 1.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So does this affect Guzan signing with ATL?

  • In reply to cf97TID:

    no

  • So here's a crazy thought. If the FO fails at getting Schweinsteiger or any of their other top targets, you think they will go after Diskerud and if they manage to sign him will they call it a victory?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    They will call any signing a victory, remember they shook up the soccer world at the draft and made one heck of a propaganda film to paint Nrod as a management savant as he maneuvered around. It is all smoke and mirrors with this front office.

    This team is so low any mediocre player who can complete a pass that isn't a 30 yard lob over the top will be seen as an improvement.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    They wont be seen as an improvement, they WILL be an improvement. Mix would be an improvement on the jokes that we have had in the midfield for the past 3 years. Mix and Polster would be a nice combination in the center of the field. I hope I never see Cocis play for the Fire again. Give me Mix please!

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Diskerud is my favorite player and he is a very good player. He is younger and can play very well with pollster. I would rather have schwini than Diskerud.

  • guys does anyone have any ideas what NR will do during the opening half day of trades. I am hoping that he moves that stupid second pick to New England for Diego fagundez. He would be good for the team and good for Chicago.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    They need to draft a rb but I guess we do need a winger too for that right side so I see where you are coming from.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Why would NE make that trade? He is played in all 34 games for them this season. He is a home grown player and is only 21 years old. I'm pretty sure he is worth more than a 2nd pick.

  • I would like to see Mix in Chicago. He has skills. He has got to be frustrated with his role in New York. I agree that he and Polster would be a great combo.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Also Mix is only twenty six and can still improve. He is a leader and will play fantastic with Polster. I would rather have Diskerud than Schweisteiger.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I agree Mix would be a good pickup if the Fire cant land Bastian. Im assuming his role will be increased however with Lampard leaving. Is Pirlo retiring yet? That would free up minutes for Mix too obviously

  • Guillermo do you have any recents news about transfers or trades etc.?

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Stay tuned. Next week should be active.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Are the Fire going to try and finalize the deals of the players in Europe next week?

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    I'm sure they're looking to get them closed as soon as they can. I'd probably look for something closer to January.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Do you know where the afire staff is right now?

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Probably New Jersey.

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Scouting homegrowns last week...not sure where they are this week.

  • So Atlanta is not messing around huh?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    =)

    For those of you that didn't check twitter, Atlanta picked up Parkhurst from Columbus for allocation moneys. Unless I missed the blurb, his contract had not been renewed.
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    I don't know if he'd have fit our roster, but he certainly wouldn't have hurt it.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I would say that Parkhurst would have been an ideal fit. Smart defender, leader in the back, calm on the ball.

    If the Fire had signed him, he would have been the best defender on the roster. A huge miss IMO, if all it cost was allocation money.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    Roses are red,
    violets are blue,
    that's pretty obvious
    welcome to Chicago

  • GR - Have you ever had a post that reached 100 comments before?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    yes...been a while though

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I was going to go on a rant about how this offseason is much ado about nothing, but alas, I paused and realized I will be there, on opening day, arms crossed in front of me while I curse under my breath that this team isn't is good as they should be, blah, blah, blah. I hope they prove me wrong and I'm clamoring for eastern conference finals tickets come November, but until then, I mostly wanted to be comment 101! :-D

  • In reply to penapirata:

    A better question would be when was the last time there were 100 positive quotes in a Fire thread?

  • In reply to DerSting:

    I can't find message boards from 1998. ;)

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Best (and saddest) question:

    Which will come first - the next 100 comment post, or a winning season?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Those most likely will go hand in hand....

  • In reply to edubs:

    When Andrew sells the team then both will come

  • In reply to edubs:

    Nah, it'll be the day when Blanco buys the Fire, appoints Wilt as GM and Pause as head coach with CJ Brown and Jon Busch as assistants, and announces that he's signed Pulisic and Ibrahimovic for good measure.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    With Klopas as good will ambassador.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    No Pause is a bad coach did terrible with the PDL. coach. Maybe can just help out...

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    That is surprising that Pause would not be a good coach. He is a very smart guy and was a very smart player. I would have thought that he will make a great head coach one day. Is it really true that he did not do a good job with the PDL?

    GR, here's the deal, even if you don't have any hard news to report please keep posting just to stir up the the pot. The more you post the more I might buy a Fire Scarf: Chicago Fire - Kicking the Can Down the Road Since 2008.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Yea he did shit with the PDL team. They apparently loss really bad again it's some bad teams. I don't know much but Pause would help provide knowledge on the staff and can help grow Poly.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Not sure where the concept of Pause not doing well with the PDL team comes from. They won a tournament in June and finished the season at 8-4-2. They dropped their last game 4-1, so maybe that's where it comes from.

    Unfortunately, the PDL team won't return but that has nothing to do with Pause or the team's performance.

  • Guzan to Atlanta and Johnson to NYCFC?!?

    I suppose we'll get more TAM and GAM in the deal. Oh goody. Maybe we can get Juergen's son to play goal and save even more. WTF.

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