Archive for November 2009

Monday Morning Poll Question: A European Head Coach?

When the Fire decided not to renew the contract of former Head Coach Denis Hamlett last week, thoughts immediately went to where exactly the Fire would get their next head man. The possibilities seemed to be pretty numerous, with several high profile MLS assistants and former/current head coaches coming to mind right off the bat.... Read more »

Matchday: 11/29

It’s a huge day on the table for all of us soccer fans out here with several tremendous matches to pick from. The big-time London ‘derby’ (that one was for all you Brits out there…) of Arsenal-Chelsea (10 a.m. CDT, FSC) opens things up this Sunday but that’s just a teaser of the day’s main... Read more »

Afternoon Links

So as I wait for tomorrow to arrive (Arsenal-Chelsea? Real Madird-Barcelona? Oh my!) I thought I’d share a couple of links with you guys to move your day along. Here we go… **Jimmy Bullard has a sit down with his teammates** After scoring a late equalizer for [Hull during their match at Manchester City this... Read more »

Matchday 11/28

With the MLS offseason now in full swing it’s time for me to start to take a deeper look at the European game. That’s a task that I plan on really kicking off this weekend and there really isn’t a better time to do so — as there is a full slate of fantastic matches... Read more »

The Designated Player Search

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving (I know I did, the turkey was delicious…) but I’m back with more Fire news for you on what will hopefully be a leisurely day of leftovers, relaxing and maybe – for the adventurous amongst us – Black Friday shopping. Today’s post concerns the topic... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Why, you ask? Well, it’s actually quite simple. Let me break it down for you, equation style… Copious amounts of turkey + Artery clogging quantities of stuffing + Mashed potatoes fluffier than a cloud + 4 slices of pumpkin pie + Chowing down on whatever else is... Read more »

McBride's and Brown's Options Picked Up; Myrie selected in Expansion Draft

Hey everyone, I finally made it to Detroit and I have a couple of updates to share with you all… **McBride and Brown — Back for 2010** The Fire announced today that the club options for both Brian McBride and C.J. Brown have been picked up — meaning that both will be back with the... Read more »

Klopas explains the 'Protected List'

More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Fire announced their ‘protected list’ of 11 players who wouldn’t be eligible for selection by Philadelphia in today’s MLS expansion draft. One player in particular who stood out on the list was midfielder Justin Mapp. Mapp, a 25-year-old winger who has enjoyed a lot of success... Read more »

Hamlett's Dismissal: More than on-the-field issues

The Fire headed into this question with a few big questions on their plate. One of those questions was whether or not the club would renew Head Coach Denis Hamlett’s contract. That question was answered Tuesday afternoon, with the team electing to not bring the longtime member of the Fire organization back to Toyota Park.... Read more »

Denis Hamlett Out as Fire Head Coach

After two seasons at the helm, Denis Hamlett is out as Fire Head Coach. Hamlett, who took the Fire to two conference finals in his two year run as head coach, was told by Fire staff this afternoon that his expired contract would not be renewed this offseason. He will leave the club, effective immediately.... Read more »