Category: 2009 Playoffs

Real Salt Lake outlasts LA in penalties to win MLS Cup

Heading into the final game of the regular season, few expected Real Salt Lake to make the playoffs, let alone win the MLS Cup. But Sunday night, Real Salt Lake achieved the improbable, [defeating the star-studded L.A. Galaxy 5-4 (1-1) in penalties to win the first trophy in club history]( As Fire fans know all... Read more »

Matchday 11/22: MLS Cup Final

The Fire’s season might already be over, but there is still business left to take care of in MLS. The L.A. Galaxy and Real Salt Lake will finish that ‘business’ tonight, when they meet in the MLS Cup Final (7:30 p.m. on ESPN) for the 2009 league title. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the... Read more »

L.A. vs. Real Salt Lake: MLS Cup Preview

There’s only one game left in the 2009 MLS Schedule and it’s the big one; the MLS Cup Final. This year’s final, which will be played at Seattle’s Qwest Field, pits Western Conference regular season champs the L.A. Galaxy against the streaking Real Salt Lake. The matchup offers some good star power with the obvious... Read more »

What Went Wrong?

It goes without saying that Saturday night’s playoff elimination at the hands of Real Salt Lake was an incredibly gut-wrenching defeat for the Fire. It’s tough any time a team bows out of a competition due to penalty kicks, but this one was especially painful for Chicago – who has now been eliminated from the... Read more »

Fire fall victim to penalties: Salt Lake moves onto the MLS Cup

A common saying amongst those in the soccer world is that a penalty kick shootout is a cruel way to decide a match. After Saturday night, the Chicago Fire knows that saying back to front. 120 minutes of action saw the Fire and Real Salt Lake knotted at 0-0 so it all came down to... Read more »

Matchday 11/14: The Eastern Conference Final

A trip to the MLS Cup is on the line as the Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake are almost set to face off in tonight’s Eastern Conference Final at Toyota Park. Who will advance remains to be seen, but I’ll be here to take you through the whole day with Fire Confidential’s second All... Read more »

Fire vs. Real Salt Lake: Match Preview

The Fire couldn’t have asked for much more from last Saturday’s 2-0 win over New England. Advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs? Check. Do it against a bitter rival? Check. And do it all in style? Oh my, yes. Check. That’s what can happen when the Fire plays some of its most inspired soccer at... Read more »

Fire vs. RSL Sold Out

Tickets for the Saturday night’s Eastern Conference Final between the Fire and Real Salt Lake sold out today. The sellout is the second consecutive for the Fire – who will sell a very limited amount of standing room only tickets for the game. If you’re sitting on some cash, you can buy the so called... Read more »

Fire vs. Real Salt Lake: Four Questions

After up and down regular seasons that saw one team consistently dissatisfied with its results and one team barely scrape its way into the playoffs, it’s only fitting that the Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake take each other on. Both teams will enter the Eastern Conference Final feeling that they have something to prove... Read more »

Fire Injury Report

With only three days remaining before they take on Real Salt Lake in the Eastern Conference Final, the Fire is looking for all of their injured players to return to the field to help Chicago advance to its first MLS Cup Final since 2003. Unfortunately for the Fire though, it doesn’t appear as if all... Read more »