Category: 2014 Pre Season

MLS 2014 season preview

MLS 2014 season preview
The margins are once again razor thin and just about every team has a chance to compete for a place in postseason. Such is the world of parity in American professional sports, not just MLS. Of course this league is much tighter from top to bottom because of smaller and tighter budget restrictions but there... Read more »

Atouba waived - Fire down to 28 man roster

Yazid Atouba, a second round pick last season who impressed enough in 2013’s training camp to earn a few minutes early on in the year was waived today. The move gets the Fire down to 28 players on the active roster, which is where Frank Yallop has indicated he’d like to be to start the... Read more »

Amarikwa gets a new start under Yallop - Fire trade for Vancouver's Watson

With the introduction of a new coach some players on the Chicago Fire looked for new opportunities to make their mark during the 2014 MLS preseason. One such player is striker Quincy Amarikwa. The 26-year old continued to impress as the Fire closed out preseason play last Saturday night against Chivas Rayadas, scoring a late... Read more »

New kits unveiled at Kick Off Luncheon, MLS 2014 is here

New kits unveiled at Kick Off Luncheon, MLS 2014 is here
The annual Season Kick Off Luncheon has become a milestone marker for the start of each new season and this year’s event benefiting the Chicago Fire Foundation featured the official first look at the team’s new primary kit. The unveiling was greeted by polite applause from the majority of the room but there was also... Read more »

Fire partner with ESPN 1000 for weekly radio show

It’s been a long time coming. The Fire will finally have a presence on English language radio via a weekly live radio program on ESPN1000. The show will air Saturday mornings at 7:00 am and will be hosted by former Fire TV play by play man Fred Huebner and will feature current TV color analyst... Read more »

Joya Ready To Make An Impact / Fire end preseason 7-1-0

When Benji Joya came to the Chicago Fire on loan from Mexican side Santos Laguna, he knew it would be tough to crack a first team side that included the likes of Dilly Duka, Patrick Nyarko, and Chris Rolfe. His pedigree at Santos and hard work in Chicago would pay off though, as the young... Read more »

Yallop on Magee, Ward, the Berry trade and more (updated)

The Fire trained for the final time in Tucson Friday morning under perfect skies and 80 degree temperatures, a far cry from the weather bound to meet them at the home opener just over 3 short weeks away. After training, Fire manager Frank Yallop granted Fire Confidential an exclusive interview, covering a variety of topics. He addressed the introduction of Mike Magee back to preseason training after a two week absence, as well as discussion of the salary cap, the Austin Berry trade, and the release of Federico Puppo. Here's a blow-by-blow from the Fire gaffer...

Fire suffer first preseason loss

A stoppage time goal from Kelyn Rowe, a player with a knack for scoring against the Fire handed the club its first loss of preseason. A nifty give and go with from Diego Fagundez was the difference just moments before Quincy Amarikwa hit the crossbar with what would have been an equalizer in the 92nd... Read more »

Fire return to My50 for local tv broadcasts

The Fire will broadcast games locally on My50 once again this season. Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan will return to the broadcast booth and they’ll have a sideline reporter this year in Brooke Weisbrod. Another new feature to the telecasts will be what is being described as a “Fire branded broadcast desk that can be... Read more »

Sources: Berry traded to Philadelphia

The 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year is on the move. Sources tell Fire Confidential that Austin Berry has been traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money. The trade announcement will be made pending league approval. The move presumably adds budget space which would enable the Fire to increase Mike Magee’s salary... Read more »