Posts in category "Mike Banner"

Klopas explains the 'Protected List'

More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Fire announced their ‘protected list’ of 11 players who wouldn’t be eligible for selection by Philadelphia in today’s MLS expansion draft. One player in particular who stood out on the list was midfielder Justin Mapp. Mapp, a 25-year-old winger who has enjoyed a lot of success... Read more »

Working on some interviews... (UPDATED)

Hey everybody, I’m working on getting some interviews with Fire personnel scheduled so I will hopefully have some stories up regarding the ‘protected list’ decisions later on. If the interviews don’t work out, don’t worry, I’ll be back with another post today but the content will be slightly different. **UPDATE — I just got off... Read more »

Fire Announce Expansion Draft Protected Players

The Fire announced their list of 11 expansion draft protected players today. The players, who will be ineligible for selection by the Philadelphia Union in Wednesday’s expansion draft, include the following: GK: Jon Busch DEF: Wilman Conde, C.J. Brown, Dasan Robinson, Tim Ward MID: Justin Mapp, Marco Pappa, Logan Pause, John Thorrington FWD: Brian McBride,... Read more »
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Fire Youngsters Making an Impact

In the game of soccer, any team playing a match without seven – that’s right seven – regular starters doesn’t stand much of a chance. So when the Fire, who has been bit by the injury bug in a major way for the last month, got key contributions from a quartet of youngsters in their... Read more »

Blanco Called Up to Mexican National Team

As reported on ESPN Soccernet, Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco has earned himself a call up to the Mexican National Team for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.   The qualifiers, in which Mexico will square off against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago, will take place on June 6th and June 10th, with the first... Read more »