Tag: Julio Martinez

Julio Martinez Released

When asked about Julio Martinez’ status last night after the US Open Cup match, Carlos De Los Cobos inferred that “he was not right to play”.  It was assumed that this was due to injury.  Regardless if that was the case or not, Martinez was released today by the Fire.  Sam has more details on the... Read more »

Pappa scores goal in Guatemala win

*Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but I thought it was worth posting all the same…* Unlike the rest of his Fire teammates, Marco Pappa had a relatively successful Wednesday. Away from the club due to his call-up to the Guatemalan National Team for Wednesday night’s friendly against El Salvador, Pappa played the full... Read more »

Early returns

*So, apparently the deadline for roster cuts was not yesterday. Turns out the Fire’s press release was wrong and now I have a little bit of egg on my face **(EDIT — the Fire’s release was not wrong. The league changed the deadline at the last minute.)** Not the first time that’s happened…* > “I... 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 »


It’s been a while since I last spoke with Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas so we had a few things to catch up on when we talked today. First on the list was the Fire’s newest player, defender Krzysztof Krol. The 22-year-old Krol, who the Fire officially acquired on loan from Polish team Jagiellonia Bialystok,... 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 »

Off to the press conference...

Apologies for my absence this weekend.  I was at a conference in St. Louis and had no internet access for the better part of three days.  It was awful. I will be attending this morning’s introduction of Carlos de los Cobos and plan to post shortly after the press conference ends.  Stay tuned.  (Update —... Read more »

Fire come to terms with De los Cobos

According to a report by Nick Firchau of the Southtown Star, [the Fire and Carlos de los Cobos have agreed to terms for the former Mexican international to become the fifth head coach in team history](http://www.southtownstar.com/sports/1979573,010710fireforweb.article). De los Cobos, who had been rumored as the front-runner for the job for about a week, most recently... Read more »

Updating the de los Cobos and Martinez situations

So far this offseason the Fire has parted ways with former head coach Denis Hamlett, seen Brandon Prideaux retire, lost David Myrie in the expansion draft, and watched as Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Chris Rolfe and (now) Gonzalo Segares left to ply their trade abroad. They have yet to bring in anyone new. For his part, Technical... Read more »

Report: De los Cobos leader for Fire head coaching job

The Washington Post is reporting that former El Salvador coach [Carlos de los Cobos is the leading candidate to become the Fire’s next head man](http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2010/01/things_were_hearing_barring_la.html). Should De los Cobos be coming to Chicago he likely wouldn’t be coming alone. [Another report from the Washington Post has De los Cobos’s hiring hinging (at least in part)... Read more »