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The Fire returned to Chicago Monday after Sunday’s draw against the Philadelphia Union, as they prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids this Saturday at Toyota Park. Tuesday afternoon, the conversation on Fire head coach Frank Yallop’s weekly conference call was weighted towards the rumors of Shaun Maloney departing Chicago for Hull City, but Yallop... Read more »
With the Fire sitting at the bottom of the MLS table following four consecutive losses in league play, questions were sure to be raised regarding Frank Yallop’s job security. Last Wednesday’s home defeat at the hands of Eastern Conference leading DC United seemed to bring that issue to the forefront with Yallop himself indicating that... Read more »
Consecutive streaks have been the norm for the Fire through their first eight matches of the season. The team dropped their first three games to Western opponents to start the season, before winning three straight against Eastern opponents, only to drop their last two, again at the hand of Western Conference teams. After compiling a... Read more »
The Fire now have 21 players under contract with the addition of 31 year old Brazilian centerback Adailton. The veteran defender spent last season with Esporte Clube Bahia in Brazil where he recently terminated his contract. He had been with Swiss Super League side Sion FC for the previous five seasons which included two loan... Read more »
It may be another week or two before the full schedule is released but MLS announced home opening dates for every team this morning. The Fire will feature in the first match of the new season on March 6 as they visit the defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy. The game will be televised... Read more »
The rebuilding process moved along today with the official announcement that former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder and Fire PDL alum Michael Stephens has signed with the Fire. Stephens, a local product who grew up in the Naperville area saw an opportunity to play professionally at home and jumped at the chance. The decision was an... Read more »
The Fire trained on the Toyota Park stadium pitch this morning as they tried to shake off Saturday’s defeat to RSL and prepare for this weekend’s conference clash with New York Red Bulls. New York is currently situated in a four-way tie for first place in the East. Talk of lineups and defense dominated head... Read more »
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 »
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...