Category: Frank Klopas

A Look at the Klopas Era

The old sports saying goes that you have to wait three years before you can accurately assess or evaluate drafts and player acquisitions.  Frank Klopas was hired as Technical Director in January of 2008 and has now begun to shape the on-field product into his vision.  The term “attractive attacking football” was thrown around alot... Read more »

Klopas's take

I briefly (very briefly… thanks AT&T phone service) spoke with Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas after the Fire’s 1-0 at New York last night.  I only asked him one question before my phone crapped out, but I thought I’d share his response anyway. Here’s what he had to say: “I’m a little disappointed that we... Read more »

Offseason Review

After the Fire’s heartbreaking, penalty kick defeat to Real Salt Lake in the Eastern Conference Final last year, I passed by John Thorrington and his family in the Toyota Park tunnel. As I saw Thorrington – who had missed his penalty shot – from afar, the thought of what to say to him crept into... Read more »

Rookie Update

When I talked with Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas on Monday, our conversation naturally turned towards the Fire’s 2010 rookie class. The group — which includes draft picks Corben Bone, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Drew Yates, Sean Johnson and Steven Kinney along with trialists Mark Blades and Jovan Bubonja — is currently in Arizona getting their first... Read more »

Training Camp Notebook

Photo of a church in Tempe, Arizona — where the Fire is currently in the midst of training camp. Today’s forecast for Tempe? Sunny with a high of 66. Chicago’s? High of 30 with a chance of snow. My jealousy? Off the charts. Every now and then, I enjoy starting off a blog post with... Read more »

Interviews with Klopas and John later on

I’ll be interviewing Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas and the on-trial forward Collins John later on this morning (hopefully at around 11:30…) and I plan on having a post up shortly thereafter.  If you’re reading this before noon, go ahead and pose a question to either Frank or Collins (or both…).  I’ll do my best... Read more »

An offseason assessment

With only one day left until the Fire officially kicks off its preseason schedule, the time has come for an assessment of the Fire’s offseason. And who better to evaluate the last few months than the man behind all the moves, Frank Klopas? Take it away Frank… “I think that we made very good decisions... Read more »

Klopas being realistic with expectations for Fire rookies

Every now and again in the world of sports, a player who was originally expected to be selected with a top-5 pick will slide way down on draft day. These experiences, which are incredibly uncomfortable/sad if the player is actually attending the draft (remember Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers?), generally end with a team giddily... Read more »

A calculated risk?

In the winter of 2006, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to London to visit my Aunt and Uncle. In short, it was an absolutely fantastic trip. My family and I saw the houses of Parliament, the crown jewels, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and even took a short trip up to Scotland.... Read more »

Fire sign Martinez to loan deal

The Fire announced this afternoon that midfielder Julio Martinez will join the club on loan from Mexican second division side Club Leon FC. Martinez, who played for Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos on the El Salvadoran National Team, for which he has scored two goals in ten appearances. “Julio is a true professional... Read more »