Archive for May 2009

US World Cup Qualifying Camp Roster Announced -- No Fire Included

US Men’s National Team Head Coach Bob Bradley announced today the players who will be called in to train with the National Team prior to the US’s World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. Bradley named 24 players to the squad that will start training in Miami on May 26th.  7 MLS players were... Read more »

Fire vs. New York Red Bulls: Match Preview

This Sunday the Chicago Fire will bring their undefeated record into Giants Stadium to take on the New York Red Bulls. The Fire (3-0-6) currently stand atop MLS’s Eastern Conference standings, six points ahead of the last place Red Bulls.   Last week the Fire broke their MLS-record streak of five consecutive ties with a... Read more »

Chris Rolfe's Changing Role

Hey all, thought I would share an interesting video I found on ESPN Soccernet highlighting Fire forward Chris Rolfe’s success in his new role as substitute. Rolfe, who has only started one match this year, has excelled in his role as super-sub, scoring two goals and sparking the Fire attack late in games.  In fact,... Read more »

RBNY Midfielder Rojas Suspended -- Will Miss Fire Match

Jorge Rojas was suspended two games and slapped with a $1000 fine for his red card tackle (and an on field incident following his ejection) on Houston midfielder Brian Mullan last week. The suspension means that Rojas will be ineligible to play against the Fire this Sunday, leaving the Red Bulls without their second leading... Read more »

Ex-Fire Draft Pick Cervi Signs with Celtic

According to a report by the BBC, goalkeeper Dominic Cervi, the Fire’s 2008 first round draft pick, was signed by Scottish club Celtic FC today.  Cervi, 22, began a trial with Celtic in October of last year, but was unable to sign for the club until he obtained an Italian passport. The Fire selected Cervi... 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 »

Soumare, Nyarko, and Husidic -- Profiling their paths to MLS

Thought I’d share a piece that Maria Burns Ortiz wrote for Soccernet about Fire players Bakary Soumare, Patrick Nyarko and Baggio Husidic.   Although it’s a bit old, the article does a pretty good job of providing some info about these players’ remarkable rise from adversity/obscurity to the MLS.  I found the write-up on Baggio Husidic... Read more »

Fire vs. TFC: Player Evaluations

The Chicago Fire defeated Toronto FC 2-0 yesterday afternoon, and now I’m going to look a little bit more in depth at every Fire player that saw some playing time.  This is a feature that I hope to integrate pretty often into the blog, to give you guys more of an opportunity to discuss the... Read more »

Fire 2 - Toronto FC 0: A look back

The Chicago Fire were finally able to end their MLS-record 5 game tie streak on Saturday, and they were able to end it in style, defeating Eastern Conference rivals Toronto FC 2-0 at BMO Field. The win gives the undefeated Fire 15 points on the year, and moves them into first place in the East,... Read more »

Fire vs. Toronto FC: Match Preview

Hey everyone, I’m excited to bring you what should be the first of many match previews here on Chicago Fire Confidential.  This weekend the Fire are heading north to take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.  The 3rd place Fire (2-0-6) will be looking for a victory to mark an end to their recent 5... Read more »