Archive for September 2009

Mid-Week Update 9-30: Blanco, Rolfe, Segares to miss Galaxy match

I just got off the phone with Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett. Here are a few notes from the conversation… **Injury Updates:** **Cuauhtemoc Blanco -Left Hamstring Strain – Listed As Questionable** Despite being listed as “Questionable” on the Fire’s injury report, Denis Hamlett told me that Temo will miss his second straight game this Friday... Read more »

Mid-Week Update to be up soon... I promise...

So, I’m about to talk with Denis Hamlett and after I’m done interviewing the Fire’s Head Man I’ll be writing the latest edition of the midweek update.  I’m hoping to put it up within a hour and a half or so…

Afternoon Notes: Interview with Hamlett tomorrow, Ralston out for year

I’ll be interviewing Denis Hamlett tomorrow and thought I’d open up the floor for you guys to pose some questions.  Just so you know, I’ll be asking Denis about all the standard stuff (i.e. Galaxy preview questions, injury updates etc.) so feel free to throw out any off-the-wall questions you may have.  Get them in... Read more »

Mapp's Match: Another Look

Filling in for injured playmaker Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Fire midfielder Justin Mapp had some big shoes to fill when the Fire hosted Toronto FC on Saturday night. And while the Fire disappointed with a 2-2 tie that effectively knocked them out of the race for the Supporter’s Shield, Mapp was a bright spot, looking dangerous and... Read more »

Rolfe relishing final days with Fire

With just 3 regular season games remaining before he leaves MLS to join Danish club Aalborg, Fire midfielder/forward Chris Rolfe is taking in every moment of his last few weeks with Chicago. “Knowing that my games at Toyota Park are numbered for now makes it something that I definitely want to take full advantage of,”... Read more »

Fire 2 - Toronto FC 2: Another tie...

Playing without injured attackers Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe, the Fire played to what they called a “disappointing” [2-2 draw with Toronto FC at Toyota Park tonight](,0,7860822.story). The second place Fire, who has now tied three matches in a row, fall five points behind the league leading Columbus with the result – effectively eliminating them... Read more »

Matchday 9/26: Fire vs. Toronto FC

We’re only an hour away from kickoff here at Toyota Park so it’s a little past time I get the Matchday post up.  As always, I’ll be checking in from the press box with the lineups/other observations as soon as they become available.  Otherwise, feel free to share your thoughts on the match in the... Read more »

Fire vs. Toronto FC: Match Preview

As if facing a desperate Toronto FC team that just happens to be loaded with attacking options isn’t enough, the Fire will be playing Saturday night’s game at Toyota Park without two of their best – as both Cuauhtemoc Blanco and John Thorrington have been ruled out of this weekend’s match. But despite the absence... Read more »

Mid-Week Update

Here are a few quick notes that are making news in the world of the Fire/MLS today. Better late than never right? **Injury Updates:** A few Fire players have been struggling with injuries for the past couple weeks and while some of them could return this Saturday against Toronto, the news isn’t very good for... Read more »

Mid-Week Update to Come Later

Hey everybody, I’ll be talking with Denis Hamlett at around 1 p.m. today so I’ll be able to post an update at around 2-2:30.  You can feel free to post any questions you would like to see Hamlett answer at the bottom of this thread — I’ll try and take a look at them if... Read more »