Category: Fire

Decoding the MLS offseason

It’s the time of year in Major League Soccer when the offseason schedule starts humming and teams send out press releases that indicate which players they’ve kept and which they haven’t. Or at least, that’s kind of what they’re getting at. Just take a look at the Chicago Fire’s list of offseason moves released on... Read more »

Are the Chicago Fire actually a big club?

Out of all the coverage of Veljko Paunovic’s hiring, something lying just underneath the obvious storylines stood out. Paunovic chose the Fire job despite interest elsewhere, including an offer from Greek club Panathinaikos, with one site even reporting it was a near done deal earlier this month. Also, the Fire had a prestigious list (by... Read more »

New Fire coach Paunovic is unknown, but has believers

Yesterday the Chicago Fire ended their coaching search by announcing the hiring of new coach Veljko Paunovic. Paunovic, 38, is part of a growing trend of young coaches joining MLS. This is probably a good thing given the last three MLS Coach of the Year winners were young. Caleb Porter in 2013 and Ben Olsen... Read more »

St. Louis is a soccer city, now get it an MLS team

I made the trip to St. Louis for the Americans’ opening World Cup qualifier against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The trip served a dual purpose of allowing me to see my second national team game as well as visiting some college friends from my Mizzou days. I have read about the history of soccer... Read more »

The Chicago Fire just locked up the top pick in the MLS draft

As bad seasons go, this has been an especially dreadful one for the Chicago Fire. Sunday’s 4-0 loss at D.C., in which it appeared the Fire players were about as interested in being there as I was in watching it, clinched three things for the Fire. First, it assured that the Fire will finish the... Read more »

The Fire are nothing if not competitive

It’s no secret that the Chicago Fire have had a poor season. Even after Saturday’s 3-1 win against New England, the Fire sit in last in Major League Soccer and are still four points behind the nearest team above them in the standings. However, that two-goal win got me thinking. How many times have the... Read more »