Category: 2016 Post Season

January window approaches - what's next for the Fire?

The additions of Nemanja Nikolic and Juninho make the Fire a better team but there is still plenty of work to be done to get back into serious consideration for a playoff spot next season. Goalkeeper, right back, right mid, and that “boss” in central midfield that Nelson Rodriguez referenced last week are still on... Read more »

Fire add Juninho to midfield mix

The Fire added another potentially important piece to the 2017 roster by signing former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico. In order to get him they had to move up in the Allocation ranking after Atlanta passed. Chicago sent their #3 Allocation spot, their natural second round pick in... Read more »

Fire sign Nikolic, look to add more

The Fire added their top striker target in Nemanja Nikolic this morning. A transfer fee and three-year contract for Nikolic lands him in Chicago to start the 2017 season. Nelson Rodriguez spoke to media this afternoon from Poland where the deal was finalized. Nikolic will occupy a Designated Player spot and an international roster spot.... Read more »
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Fire offseason update/rumor rundown

After passing on players available in today’s Waiver Draft, the Fire will have another chance to add to their roster on Friday with Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft taking place at 2 pm CT. While it doesn’t sound like they’ll be active on Friday either, Nelson Rodriguez and Veljko Paunovic are continuing their scouting... Read more »

Fire protect 11 ahead of Expansion Draft

Trading Sean Johnson left the Fire with 12 contracted players eligible for Tuesday’s Expansion Draft. All MLS clubs could protect 11 players from selection by Atlanta or Minnesota, and the Fire’s eleven are: Accam, Alvarez, Campbell, de Leeuw, Goossens, Kappelhof, Lampson, Meira, Polster, Solignac, Vincent Unprotected: Arshakyan, Cocis, Gehrig, Harrington, LaBrocca, McLain, Morrell, Stephens, Ramos,... Read more »

Johnson officially traded to Atlanta....and then traded again

The deal has been in place for at least a week now but it became official today, Sean Johnson has been traded to Atlanta United FC in exchange for General Allocation Money. The expansion side then dealt him in anticipation of signing USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is returning to MLS this coming season. Atlanta... Read more »
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Fire pick up option on 9 players (including Johnson), decline 9 others

Sean Johnson is still a Fire player for now. This afternoon, the Fire announced that they have exercised contract options on nine players including the veteran goalkeeeper. The others include Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Campbell, Matt Lampson, Matt Polster, Brandon Vincent, and Homegrown Players Joey Calistri, Drew Conner, and Patrick Doody. Nine players had their options... Read more »

Johnson wins Supporters' Player of the Year award - what's next?

As the longest tenured Fire player on the current roster, Sean Johnson’s days in Chicago may be over. Then again, they might not be. Johnson was named the 2016 Supporters’ Player of the Year as voted on by fans. Johnson and Section 8 Chicago donated $1000 to Matt Lampson’s LampStrong Foundation which aids in the support... Read more »

NFR: Looking ahead in America

Eight years ago the American people elected a President based on the concept of Hope and a vision of an inclusive country that would potentially unite both major political parties. That talk of unity has been present at the conclusion of all recent election cycles, but it never materializes. That unity isn’t likely anytime soon... Read more »
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The Fire's highest rated player of 2016 was...

The Fire's highest rated player of 2016 was...
With only eleven players currently under contract for 2017 it’s possible that the Fire roster will see significant turnover again next season. The league’s trade window will open briefly on December 11 before the Expansion Draft takes place the next day so the Fire’s “protected” list shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out given the... Read more »